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For a daytrip or a weekend getaway, both major metropolitan areas and secluded beachside resorts are located just a few hours from Ann Arbor. The Motor City is a half-hour drive away, and Windsor, Ontario, an hour away. Ann Arbor is two hours from the rollercoasters of Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, and a relaxing four-hour train ride from the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan or downtown Chicago.
For those in search of a relaxing day trip without having to drive too far, there are a variety of activities within Ann Arbor and the surrounding communities.
Markets and Mills
Michigan is renowned for its many farm markets and cider mills. Pick-your-own farms and cider mills offer you sun-ripened juicy apples as well as pumpkins, peaches, cider, donuts, haunted barns, and hayrides.
Domino's Petting Farm
Domino's Petting Farm features hayrides, over 100 animals, and an endangered livestock breeding program.
Fall Color Tours
If you're looking for fabulous rich fall colors, there are fall color tour routes: some following major state highways, others meandering along secondary roads. Along the route, you'll find orchards and country markets, cider mills and wineries, and even a few haunted houses.
The vineyards of Michigan are nestled in the most scenic areas of the state. Plan a weekend or a day trip touring these lovely sites and discover southeast Michigan wineries.
Michigan is filled with man-made and cultural offerings that include zoos, museums, and lighthouses. Its 3,200 miles of shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, dozens of ski resorts, and four national parks also make Michigan a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
Birch Run Prime Outlets
Detroit has had a profound impact on the world, from the invention of the automobile to the Motown sound. The city has something for everyone.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit Historical Museum
Michigan Science Center
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
Michigan Opera Theater/Detroit Opera House
Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan, provides a wide variety of get-away options.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum
Public Museum of Grand Rapids
Holland is home to the world famous Tulip Time festival each May, when more than six million tulips burst into bloom as the town celebrates its Dutch heritage.
Traverse City is an ideal weekend getaway for outdoor recreation in any season, and the area hosts a number of festivals.
Saugatuck is nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan and the Kalamazoo River. Saugatuck's Oval Beach has been ranked as one of the top five beaches in the country by MTV.
Great Lakes Science Center
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Cedar Point Amusement Park
Toledo Museum of Art
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Chicago is a quick hour flight from Metro Airport or a four-hour Amtrak train ride from Ann Arbor.
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Anderson Gardens Japanese Gardens
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Starved Rock State Park
Known as a major cosmopolitan hub, Toronto is Canada's largest city. From the bustle of Toronto Harbour to fine dining, theater, and even the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto's attractions and excellent mass transit system, make it an ideal tourist destination.
Ontario Science Centre
Royal Botanical Gardens
Windsor is just a short trip from downtown Detroit by the Ambassador Bridge (the longest international suspension bridge in the world) or the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Less than an hour drive from Ann Arbor, this city is filled with international cuisine, cultural and historical landmarks, enchanting gardens, and lively nightlife.
Art Gallery of Windsor