Ypsilanti – named after Greek war hero Demetrius Ypsilanti – is a progressive city with a great community vibe and quirky arts scene. Just 8 miles east of Ann Arbor on the banks of the Huron River, locals fondly refer to Ypsilanti as “Ypsi”. The history of Ypsi is still present and vibrant in today’s shopping, dining and entertainment scene. The downtown area consists of two districts - Downtown and Depot Town. Only minutes apart, their beautifully preserved historic buildings give them the old-time charm of decades past, combined with fresh facades of recent revival.
Eastern Michigan University
Located in the heart of Ypsilanti, EMU is known for its award-winning College of Business, and enrolls approximately 23,000 students in more than 200 majors, minors and concentrations. Visitors can enjoy Eastern’s athletic games and performing arts events put on by students, as well as major comedy acts and concerts held at the EMU Convocation Center.
Few places in the world are more tied to automotive history than Ypsi. Enjoy the Automotive Heritage Museum and Miller Motors (the only fully operational pre-war dealership serving America’s vintage Hudson fleet), the Michigan Firehouse Museum and its display of vintage and modern fire trucks, and the summer’s full schedule of annual automotive events, including the Orphan Car Show, the Antique Truck Show, the Michigan Camaro Superfest, the Annual Fire Truck Muster and more. People travel from near and far in the summer months to attend Depot Town Cruise Nights every Thursday.
Food & Drink
Whether it’s a newer hot spot like Red Rock Downtown Barbeque - or local favorites like Haab’s, Sidetracks or Aubree’s, Ypsi has tons of great dining options. You can get the true ‘diner’ experience at the Bomber Cafe (featured on the Food Network’s ‘Top 5’ show) or keep it simple with root beer and Coney dogs at Bill’s Drive-in. If you prefer liquid, eco calories, stop by Corner Brewery, Michigan’s first solar brewery, serving up Arbor Brewing beer in a cozy, open, friendly atmosphere. See a full list of Ypsi Restaurants.
The Great Outdoors
Ypsilanti, located on the banks of the Huron River, expands beyond the downtown districts to include 23,000+ acres of public park and recreation areas that help make up the Washtenaw County area. Here you can find great golfing, disc-golfing, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing and hiking opportunities.
You’ll find funky boutiques, art galleries, and a surprising amount of antique shopping in the area. See a full list here.
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