Nearby Attractions

Since Institute classes will be held only 4 days per week, participants may choose to explore the local area on the long weekends. Within an hour’s drive of Ann Arbor are Detroit, Toledo, and numerous lakes and parks.

The closest large city to Ann Arbor is Detroit, about 45 minutes away. Detroit is accessible by bus or train, and has a wide variety of attractions. Historically, Detroit played a very important role in early automation and the automobile industry, and later in the development of Motown music. Detroit museums include the Detroit Institute of Art (one of the top 6 art collections in the U.S.), the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (the largest African American history museum in the world), and the Motown Historical Museum.

Just outside of Detroit, in Dearborn, MI, are the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, which are considered to be among the most extensive historical attractions in the U.S.

Two zoos, the Detroit Zoo and the Toledo Zoo, are also within an hour of Ann Arbor.

A longer drive of 3-4 hours would take you to several midwestern cities such as Chicago, Cincinnati, and Cleveland, as well as northern Michigan vacation areas. Some especially worthwhile destinations in northern Michigan include Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Leelanau Peninsula, Petoskey, and Saugatuck.

Photographs by Jennifer Nguyen