'''Kalamazoo''' [http://www.ci.kalamazoo.mi.us] is a city in [[
Western Michigan|Southwestern Michigan]]. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 77,145, with a metropolitan area of 452,851, which includes neighboring Battle Creek. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County.
The city has a strong higher education presence, being home to Western Michigan University (with 25,000 students), Kalamazoo College (a private, liberal arts institution), and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
The Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport serves the area. Major connections include
Atlanta (Delta), Chicago (American Airlines), Cincinnati (Delta), Detroit (Delta), and Pittsburgh ( US Air).
Kalamazoo lies on
[[Interstate 94 ]] roughly mid-way between Chicago and Detroit. US Highway 131 connects the city with [[Grand Rapids]] and resort areas further north.
* '''Kalamazoo Nature Center''', 7000 N Westnedge Ave., (269) 381-1574, [http://www.naturecenter.org/]
* '''Kalamazoo Arts Council''', [http://www.kalamazooarts.com/]
Kalamazoo is full of great events, featuring everything from [http://www.nsra-usa.com/annual.htm
Hot Rods] to [http://www.thegilmore.com/ Pianos]. [http://www.discoverkalamazoo.com/calendar_of_events/annual_events.htm Discover Kalamazoo] has a fairly comprehensive list of annual happenings, but don't miss [http://www.kiarts.org/museum/art_fair.shtml Super Saturday] in June, [http://www.newyearsfest.com/ New Year's Fest] or the [http://ustaboys.com/ USTA Boys National Championship] in August .
For a small city, Kalamazoo also offers an interesting and walkable [http://www. central-city. net/ Downtown], with one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and the free [http:// kvm. kvcc. edu/ Kalamazoo Valley Museum].
Nearby, you will find the [http://www. airzoo.org/ Kalamazoo Air Zoo] , [http://www. binderparkzoo. org/ Binder Park Zoo], and the [http://www. gilmorecarmuseum. org/ Gilmore Car Museum].
*<buy name="Crossroads Mall" alt="" address="6650 S. Westnedge" directions="Take I-94 to Exit 78 Southbound. Continue down Westnedge, go through many sets of lights, turn right when you see signs for THE CROSSROADS" phone="" url="www.thecrossroadsmall.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A 100+ store, two story regional shopping center featuring Sears, Macy's, JCPenney, and Burlington Coat Factory, traditional mall chains, and specialty retailers. Also features a food court with numerous restaurants. </buy>*<buy name="Southland Mall" alt="" address="Corner of Westnedge and Milham" directions="From I-94, take exit 78 southbound, head south until you hit Milham Ave., mall is on right. " phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A major strip mall over 1 mile long featuring major clothing and specialty stores. Reailers include Old Navy
, Circuit City, Kohls, TJMaxx, Charter One Bank, Tuesday Morning, Barnes & Noble, ULTA, OfficeMax, MC Sports, Petco, Hallmark, and numerous bars/ restaurants. </buy>
*<buy name="Maple Hill Pavilion" alt="" address="West Main St." directions="Take US-131 to the West Main Exit (Head Eastbound Into Kalamazoo), go down West Main a little ways, mall is on your left" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A formerly enclosed shopping mall, now a strip mall. Features many big-box retailers, anchored by Target. </buy>
*<buy name="South Westnedge Shopping District" alt="" address="Westnedge Ave. from Cork to Shaver" directions="Exit 78 off I-94" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Starting at Cork Street in Kalamazoo all the way through Shaver Road, one can find almost anything they need along Westnedge. With 1000+ retailers located in numerous strip malls, Westnedge has it all. From big box retailers to specialty shops, including restaurants, bars, and bakeries, you can get it all here. </buy>
* '''Rasa Ria''', 1921 W Main St
, Kalamazoo MI. Phone: (269 ) 381-0788. The only Malaysian and Indonesian restaurant in Michigan. In fact, it is one of the few ethnic restaurants in Kalamazoo. Reasonably priced and the 'nasi goreng kampung' is a must try.*<eat name="West Main Shopping District" alt="" address="West Main St" directions="West Main Exit, US-131" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A mini version of the Westnedge district, the major chains usually have a location around here. </eat>
* '''Kraftbrau Brewery''', [http://www.kraftbraubrewery.com/] Provides craft beers and entertainment with a wide variety of acts both international and local. (The Kraftbrau closed Nov. 2007 due to increased rent, but as of early 2008 is in search of a new building.)
Clarion Kalamazoo Hotel''', 3600 E. Cork St., Tel: (269) 385-3922, Fax: (269) 385-2747. Upscale six-story facility with 156 deluxe guest rooms - located halfway between Detroit and Chicago, on I-94 at exit 80 and just minutes from US-131. Secure Online Reservations.
* '''Henderson Castle''', [http://www.hendersoncastle.com/]. one of Kalamazoo's most notable landmarks. It is a one-of-a-kind destination designed to enthrall, delight, and welcome each guest.
*<sleep name="Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast" alt="" address="447 W South St" directions="" phone="+1 269 382-0880" url="
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bed and breakfast
HDTV/DVD, free parking. Romantic rooms with fireplace and double whirlpool, or rooms for the business traveler.</sleep>
*''' Quality Inn''', 3820 Sprinkle Rd. Tel: (269) 381- , Fax: (269) 381-5334. Conveniently located off of I-94 @ exit 80 - 1/4 mile south of I-94 on Sprinkle Road next to McDonald's. Near several restaurants, malls, museums and recreational facilities as well as most area businesses.
*''' Radisson Plaza Hotel Kalamazoo''', 100 West Michigan Ave., Reservations: (800) 333-3333 Telephone: (269) 343-3333 Fax: (269) 381-1560, [http://www.radisson.com/kalamazoomi/]. With a prime downtown Kalamazoo location close to shopping, theater and museums, the Radisson Plaza Hotel Kalamazoo offers the kind of warm hospitality, inviting atmosphere and topnotch services sure to please business and leisure travelers alike. At the Radisson Plaza Hotel Kalamazoo, our highest priority is the genuine care and comfort of our guests. Our mission is to provide the finest personalized service and facilities, ensuring a memorable experience.
* ''' Stuart Avenue Inn''', [http://www.stuartavenueinn.com/]. a guest house and events center located in the prestigious Stuart Area Historic District.
Generally safe, Kalamazoo has some crime, mostly in the north- and eastside sections of town. Downtown could also be dangerous after dark, stay in a group and be aware.
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