Nine Great Selfie Locations in Downtown Ann Arbor

Looking for that perfect place to snap a selfie in Ann Arbor? Here is a list of some of the more iconic backgrounds ideal to show all your friends all the fun you’re having in AA. 

The Cube! Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The Cube! Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The Cube
Although seemingly massive and immovable, the Cube actually rotates on its axis, given a gentle push. The Cube measures 15 feet wide by 15 feet tall.
Location: Regents’ Plaza, U-M Campus Corner of Maynard and Jefferson

Singing in the Rain mural. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Singing in the Rain mural. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Singing in the Rain Mural
Painted by local artist, David Zinn, the lamp post is part of the streetscape, not within the mural. Hang from the post with Gene Kelly for the perfect picture!
Location: West side of S. Fifth Ave., facing Liberty St.

The sign outside of the Michigan Theater. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The sign outside of the Michigan Theater. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Michigan Theater
The beautifully restored historic theater, once a vaudeville & silent-movie hub now hosts diverse films & cultural events.
Location: Liberty St., just west of State St.

Find the Fairy Doors around Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Find the Fairy Doors around Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Fairy Doors
Sprinkled throughout the downtown area, these little creations are doorways to the imagination!
Locations: The Michigan Theater, The Ark, Peaceable Kingdom, Sweetwaters (W. Washington)

The University of Michgian Law Quad. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The University of Michgian Law Quad. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

University of Michigan Law Quad
With striking Gothic-style buildings, The Law Quad is one of the most awe-inspiring locations on campus — second only to The Big House.
Location: Entrance to the Law Quad via the arch is located off South University

The famous "Big House". Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The famous “Big House”. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Michigan Stadium “The Big House”
Snap a selfie outside these iconic gates or climb to the top of the parking structure at Main and William for a great skyline shot!
Location: Gate 4, the corner of Main and Stadium

The front of Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The front of Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Zingerman’s Delicatessen
This Ann Arbor institution was described by Mario Batali as his “temple of deliciousness.” The Deli is regarded as one of the best in the country.
Location: Corner of Detroit and Kingsley Streets in historic Kerrytown.

Exploring Nickels Arcade. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Exploring Nickels Arcade. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Nickels Arcade
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the very few glass-ceiling urban shopping malls in the country. Grab a coffee, do some shopping, and enjoy a walk through history!
Location: Entrances located on State and Maynard, just north of William.

Kerrytown Bell Tower. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Kerrytown Bell Tower. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Kerrytown Market and Shops
Just a few blocks from the heart of downtown, Kerrytown Market & Shops stands out as the most unique collection of shops in the area. Saturdays, Kerrytown hosts the renowned Ann Arbor Farmers Market.
Location: Corner of Kingsley and Fifth Ave.

Check out VisitAnnArbor.org for more information or to begin planning your next visit to the Ann Arbor area. Share your photos with other Ann Arbor fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #VisitAnnArbor.

10 Fun Facts About Michigan International Speedway

Photo courtesy of Craig Gardiner Photography

Photo courtesy of Craig Gardiner Photography

Pure Michigan 400 race weekend is here! More than 100,000 fans will be at Michigan International Speedway to cheer on their favorite drivers as they race around NASCAR’s fastest track on August 16th.

Think you know NASCAR? Test your knowledge with these lesser known facts about Michigan International Speedway

  • The 40 trams used at MIS that bring fans from the parking lots to the track were the same trams used at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
  • Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson is the honorary president of the MIS Kids Club! He even holds special events at the track.
  • There are 9,000 campsites at MIS – making it the largest registered campground in the State of Michigan.
  • Jeff Gordon currently holds the track qualifying record at MIS, being recorded at 206.558 mph in 2014.
  • Cale Yarborough is the driver who has led the most laps at MIS in the track’s history. In his career, Yarborough led for an astounding 1308 laps when racing at MIS.
  • Parking is always free! Guests can also bring in their own food and beverages, and parking lots open two hours before the grandstand so there is plenty of time for tailgating.
  • MIS is NASCAR’s fastest racetrack! MIS is superfast due to the repave in 2012 and long straightaways on the track that let drivers reach their highest speeds.
  • People have gotten married at the track before, but did you know that Roger Curtis presided over the wedding? It’s true! Roger Curtis, the president of MIS is an ordained minister and married a happy couple in Gatorade Victory Lane on June 17, 2012.
  • David Pearson has won the most Cup poles at MIS with 10. Who will take the pole this year?
  • MIS is the only racetrack where a fan awards a special trophy to the winning driver and team. It’s part of MIS’s Fan Appreciation Program.

Plan a visit to MIS and other Michigan automotive attractions at michigan.org. Follow the race on Twitter at #PureMichigan400. 

Eight Reasons to Love Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti – generally referred to as “Ypsi” by the locals – is a progressive city just four miles east of Ann Arbor. The city is rich in history and thrives with a creative community. Surely, there are more than 8 reasons to love Ypsilanti, but this list from Visit Ypsi will get you started!

1. The Events

Events are a large part of Ypsilanti’s culture and keep visitors coming back for more – from weekly cruise nights and farmers markets, to art shows and air shows. Ypsilanti is home to major annual events such as, Michigan ElvisFest, Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Beer Festival, The Color Run Michigan Eastside, and the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show. These events attract thousands of visitors and are just a few of the events that help make Ypsi unique and thriving. Click here for a list of the city’s major events.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

2. The Food

Adventurous diners and comfort-food connoisseurs will have their cravings satisfied in Ypsilanti. Fresh salads, cultural fusions, classic barbecue, and ample amounts of mac and cheese can be found on menus in the charming city. The city has a passion for mastering the burger, crafting local beers, and creating artisanal coffee beverages. But the best part is that every dining hotspot is 100% authentic, local, and served with a smile.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

3. The Parks

Ypsi parks offer the perfect setting for afternoon strolls, concerts, ballgames, and more. Riverside Park hosts the majority of the city’s outdoor events and runs along the historic Huron River. Just across the “tridge” is Frog Island where you can find a gorgeous/unique amphitheater and a spacious soccer field. Ypsi has endless parks tucked away as you wander through the city and contributes to the 400 square miles of parks in Southeast Michigan (also known as The Big 400).

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

4. The People

Many people who choose to live in Ypsi are attracted to its sense of community, but the hometown-feel is not exclusive to locals. “Ypsilantians” care about their city and are passionate about sharing it with others. The affordable housing has drawn in a creative community – which is why you will find art galleries inside third-wave coffee houses, or a rustic beer pub inside a renovated historic warehouse. Visiting Ypsi is as good as making time for your creative side. The spirit of the community, made by the people, will align your mind with inspiration.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

5. The University

Eastern Michigan University’s campus is a beautiful gem in Ypsi. Historic and modern architecture create a unique juxtaposition for students and visitors. An active student body hosts many research symposiums, athletic events, and art happenings. You can find affordable and unique dining experiences close to campus (and for an insider tip: campus is a great place for a breezy walk or bike ride). Go Eagles!

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

6. The Shopping

Bring an extra suitcase when you Visit Ypsilanti! You are sure to be packed with antiques, novelties, and artisan gifts by the time you make your way home. The rare antique shopping is a regional attraction and quirky storefronts are full of must-have knick-knacks.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

7. The History

Many people want to know about the origin of the tongue-twisting name, Ypsilanti, but that’s only one of many fascinating stories that can be told about the individualistic city. (It’s pronounced ip-suh-lan-tee, by the way, and you can learn more about the name by clicking here).

Early settlements of Native American tribes along the Huron River is where the story begins. In later years, Ypsilanti played a major role in WWII at the Willow Run Bomber Plant (home to many real life Rosie-the-Riveters), and also laid claim to the last Hudson Dealership.

Ypsi has four local museums dedicated to preserving and sharing stories throughout the centuries. However, simply walking through the streets will take you back in time – historic architecture lines the city’s sidewalks, and heritage events take place throughout the year.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

8. The Neighbors

Ypsilanti is surrounded by seven outstanding communities – each with their own unique events, shopping, dining, and outdoor activities. Nationally acclaimed theatres, fun-in-the-sun waterparks, and art and music festivals should be added to your Ypsi itinerary. All of these adventures and more can be easily accessed by major highways (with a complimentary scenic drive) just minutes away from Downtown Ypsi!

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

Honorable Mention: The Water Tower

A blog like this wouldn’t be complete without mention of Ypsilanti’s historic water tower. Built in 1890, Ypsi’s water tower stands 147 feet tall in the middle of the city.

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

Photo courtesy of Visit Ypsi

There is so much more to discover in Ypsilanti. Click here to start your journey, or follow this blog for regular updates about the unique Pure Michigan city!

What do you love about Ypsilanti?