Similar to Ann Arbor, the best way to arrive in Ypsilanti is by car. Ypsilanti is bounded by I-94 (between Detroit and Jackson) on the south and US-23 (between Flint and Toledo, Ohio) on the west. From Toledo and points south, take US-23 north; from Detroit, the airport, and points east, take I-94 west (or I-96 west to M-14 west); from Chicago and points west, take I-94 east; from the north, take US-23 south.
The nearest major airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), about 20 minutes away.
The Ypsilanti water tower has the curious distinction of having won Cabinet magazine's competition to find the "world's most phallic building." With apologies to squeamish readers: it's 147 feet high, has a base diameter of 85 feet, and is known locally as "the brick dick." A common myth facetiously held at nearby Eastern Michigan University is that the tower will fall once a virgin student graduates from the school.
Dawn Farm Annual Ride for Recovery, Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti MI 48197 (Location map: http://www.dawnfarm.org/about/location), ☎ 734-485-8725, . 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Ride is a family fun and fitness event and a fundraiser for Dawn Farm that is held on th elast Sunday of April every year. There are bike rides from 10K to 100K and 5k/10K runs/walks, tours of the farm and animals, breakfast snacks and a "Recovery Celebration" lunch. The event is supported by Team MANA and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. The Ride for Recovery provides an opportunity to support Dawn Farm’s effective, compassionate, hope-filled care for people with alcohol/other drug addiction. See http://www.dawnfarm.org/event/6th-annual-ride-recovery/. Registration $25.00 until April 1; $35.00 after April 1. edit
Dawn Farm Jamboree, Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti MI 48197, ☎ 734-485-8725, . 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. When people want to have a great time while supporting a great cause, they head for the annual Dawn Farm Jamboree. The Jamboree is a family event with free admission and free activities for all ages, including great live music by a popular band, hayrides, animals to pet, pony rides, lots of games and activities for children, tours of the 74 acre farm, and live and silent auctions and a gift table with a variety of donated goods and services, many at bargain prices! Funds raised from the sales and auctions help provide compassionate, hope-filled addiction treatment services for individuals who need help and lack resources. Held annually on the Sunday following Labor Day, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. FREE. edit
Ypsilanti Historical Society, 220 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, Mi, ☎ 734-484-0080, . Tuesday through Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. A local historical museum featuring a large collection of antiques and historical documents.Free. edit
Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 W. Cross St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, ☎ 734.547.0663, . Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm Closed Mondays. Museum that houses many pieces of Firefighting equipment and vehicles, promotes fire safety and prevention.Adults $3.00 Firefighters/Students/Srs. $2.00 Children 6 to 15 $1.50 Under 6 Free. edit
Ypsilanti's Automotive Heritage Museum and Miller Motors Hudson, 100 East Cross Street Ypsilanti, Mi 48198, ☎ 734-482-5200, . Monday- Friday 1:30-5:00 Saturday-9:30- 5:00 Sunday- Noon- 5:00. A varied collection of automobiles as well as the last Hudson dealership in the United States.Admission: $ 4.00 for adults, with children 13 and under free, when accompanied by an adult.. edit
The Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival, Depot Town - Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, . Held in late July. ~50 of the local, Michigan, breweries offer hundreds of beers for tasting in a two day event. 15 samples included in the ticket price.30$. edit
SideTrack Bar and Grill, 56 E. Cross St, . Great selection of beer and bar food, accompanied by the occasional rumble of Amtrak trains (hence the name).edit
Aubree's Saloon, 32 E. Cross St, . Another Depot Town favorite, probably best known for their pizza.edit
Chick Inn Drive-In, 501 Holmes Rd. Old style drive-in where food is served to you in your car. Open year round.edit
Wolverine Grill, 228 W. Michigan Ave. Located in the heart of downtown Ypsi, the Wolverine is a favorite amongst EMU students as well as locals. This is the kind of small town diner where the regulars don't even have to place an order.edit
Roy's Squeeze-Inn, 1315 E. Michigan Ave. This tiny diner is known for having one of the best burgers in town.edit
Bill's Drive-In, 1292 E. Michigan Ave. Another old-fashioned drive-in, known for their chili dogs and homemade root beer (actually that's about all that's on the non-existent menu).edit
Beezy's, 20 N. Washington St., ☎ 734–485–9625, . Sun 10am–4pm; Mon-Sat 7am–4pm. simple honest food; sandwiches, soups, salads, coffee, tea, and an amazing breakfast menu that goes until 2pm (the breakfast burrito and the french toast are local favorites)edit
Kluck's Drive In, 401 E Michigan Ave, ☎ (734) 485-0994. Home-made root beer, foot-long hot dogs, juicy burgers, and drive up service. It can look closed sometimes, but there is a friendly neon sign to indicate otherwise.$2 - $10. edit
Ugly Mug Cafe. The most pretentious coffee in Michigan. Large crowd of all types of hipsters, including college and locals. You'll be completely taken by the espresso drinks. Also they roast beans constantly through-out the week. Its pleasant to smell the coffee as its being roasted. edit
Tap Room, 201 W Michigan Avenue. Tap room has been around since 1941, feeding and quenching the thirst of workers at the old bomber plant during the war. It is said that in order to do the wiring and other work in the small confines of the plane wings, the plant flew in small people that could crawl into the cramped spaces, and it is also said that Tap Room was their bar. Those who know this story affectionally call this "The Midget Bar". Is this just a "tall" tale? A visit to Tap Room might prove otherwise, as the original doorknobs for the front door and old restrooms were only 2 feet from the floor!edit