Ann Arbor is a picture postcard city with a rich history. It is also a city that is eternally young at heart. Ann Arbor has been home to the University of Michigan, one of the country's most prestigious public universities, since 1837. As a college town, it combines the best of both worlds. The traditions and intellectual pursuits of academia blend seamlessly with cultural activities, athletic events, music venues, and family fun.
Ann Arbor is located in southeast Michigan, just 45 miles west of Detroit and 35 miles north of the Ohio border. At any time of the year, there are events that will help to make your visit complete. An array of performances, festivals and activities (both outdoor and indoor) are part of what makes Washtenaw County a family friendly place.
Downtown Ann Arbor's twelve blocks of colorfully painted shops and cozy sidewalk cafes attest to its vitality and youthful spirit. Of course, over forty bookstores are nestled among the various shopping regions.