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Ann Arbor combines the cultural offerings, business opportunities, and social engagement of a much larger city with the charm and familiarity of a mid-sized midwestern American town.
"A2," as locals call it, is home to one of America's "Best Main Streets," with a downtown area adjacent to campus that boasts historic theatres and shopping districts, world-class performing and visual arts, professional and community sports, and an amazing food scene.
Kayak on the Huron River, bike the border-to-border trail, or run along miles of tree-covered trails in parks and woodlands. Ann Arbor is close to Detroit and just as close to the rich farms and orchards of rural America. It's half a day’s drive from Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Canada and within a day's drive of all 5 Great Lakes.
"During my exchange semester I travelled to 15 US states and still Ann Arbor remained my favourite city. From wandering the Arb, skating at Yost and attending concerts at the beautiful Hill Auditorium, there wasn't a moment when I ran out of things to do. I fell in love with its squirrels, the fall colours and the many nice bars and resturaunts peppered throughout. I will miss Ann Arbor dearly. " — Alice Hu