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Brighton Howell Area

Explore Brighton Howell Area

In southeast Michigan, between Ann Arbor and Lansing, the Brighton Howell Area is a highly accessible, scenic outdoor playground between several historic communities featuring walkable downtowns, unique shopping, dining, art, annual events, and more. A place where Michigan’s Up North vibe lives largely without the hours-long drive. It’s defined by its recreational opportunities, carved from more than 50,000 acres of parks, 20 golf courses, 123 miles of trails, and 184 lakes. Define your perfect day away — your way. Your adventure awaits.

 

Howell wins USA Today's 10 Best Main Streets Across the US for 2024.

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Discover Brighton Howell Area

Historic downtown districts invite visitors to explore destination dining, boutique shops, and vibrant entertainment. Known as an outdoor playground, the surrounding area overflows with sights and scenes that inspire you. Plan your escape to our 50,000+ acres of parks, 123 miles of trails, 184 lakes, and 20 golf courses.

Round out your trip at one of the area’s specialty stores that stand out from what you’ll find elsewhere, then grab a pint and a bite from our local craft breweries, coffee shops, and eateries that draw a following from afar yet make you feel right at home.

What is Brighton Michigan known for?

Brighton is known for its lively downtown full of upscale shops, great local restaurants, fun-filled annual events, and being home to the only Vail Resort in Michigan, Mt. Brighton.

What is Howell Michigan known for?

Howell, Michigan, a Great American Main Street Award Winner, is best known for hosting the Michigan Challenge Balloonfest, where visitors can watch hot air balloon launches, a complete carnival, and other activities.  

When is the balloon festival in Howell?

The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest happens every year on the last weekend of June. Attendees can enjoy activities like carnival rides, kid-friendly attractions, and fireworks. Visitors can experience hot air balloon launches, fly-ins, and evening glow.

Does Brighton have a downtown?

Brighton has a bustling downtown filled with local businesses, boutique shops, and unique restaurants. Downtown Brighton has a social district where visitors can grab a drink from an establishment and explore the city.

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