Ypsilanti — named after Greek war hero Demetrius Ypsilanti — is a progressive city with a great community vibe and arts scene. Just eight miles east of Ann Arbor, the locals fondly refer to Ypsilanti as “Ypsi." The history of Ypsi is still present and vibrant in today’s shopping, dining and entertainment scenes. The downtown area consists of two districts — Downtown and Depot Town. Only minutes apart, these beautifully preserved historic areas infuse the city with the charm of decades past while providing the perfect setting for fresh, innovative, and locally-inspired businesses.
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 student-run performing arts events, 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 Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum with the National Hudson Motor Car Company Museum, 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 and 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. An excellent stop for craft beer enthusiasts is Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery, Michigan’s first solar brewery, serving award-winning 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. Ypsi also marks the eastern side of Washtenaw County's Border-to-Border trail, which is one portion of Michigan's Iron Belle Hiking Trail. From the scenic to the invigorating, you'll discover a wide array of activities in all four seasons, including golf, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, fishing, hiking and more.
Plan a day full of shopping in Ypsilanti to explore the area's boutiques, art galleries and an amazing amount of antique shopping, including the renowned Materials Unlimited. See a full list here.