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Ypsilanti

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Ypsilanti [1] is a city in Michigan.

Get in

By car

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.

By plane

The nearest major airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), about 20 minutes away.

By train

Amtrak station in Ann Arbor

Get around

See

  • 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.

Do

  • Ypsilanti Historical Society, 220 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, Mi, 734-484-0080, [2]. 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 A local historical museum featuring a large collection of antiques and historical documents.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.
  • Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 W. Cross St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, 734.547.0663, [3]. 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.
  • Ypsilanti's Automotive Heritage Museum and Miller Motors Hudson, 100 East Cross Street Ypsilanti, Mi 48198, 734-482-5200, [4]. 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..
  • The Annual Michigan Summer Beer Festival, Depot Town - Riverside Park, Ypsilanti, [5]. 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$.


Buy

Eat

  • SideTrack Bar and Grill, 56 E. Cross St, [6]. Great selection of beer and bar food, accompanied by the occasional rumble of Amtrak trains (hence the name).
  • Aubree's Saloon, 32 E. Cross St, [7]. Another Depot Town favorite, probably best known for their pizza.
  • Chick Inn Drive-In, 501 Holmes Rd. Old style drive-in where food is served to you in your car. Open year round.
  • 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.
  • Roy's Squeeze-Inn, 1315 E. Michigan Ave. This tiny diner is known for having one of the best burgers in town.
  • 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).

Drink

  • 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.
  • Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St, +1 734 480-2739 (fax: +1 734 829-0145), [8]. M-Sa 2PM-Midnight, Su 2PM-10PM.

Sleep

  • 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!

Get out

Routes through Ypsilanti
KalamazooAnn Arbor  W noframe E  BellevilleDetroit
ColdwaterSaline  W noframe E  CantonDetroit


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