Adventures written by the VAMONDE Team
If you find yourself in Detroit and have an extra day to spend, folksy and artsy Ann Arbor is only about a 45-minute drive from the Motor City. Like any college town, Ann Arbor is very walkable. But as home to one of the nation's largest universities, this is no ordinary college town. When the semester's in full swing, traffic can be somewhat hairy and aggravating. To have an enjoyable day, ideally, you should park once. On a quiet summer day when classes are not in session, you may find a spot in some of the numbered streets just southwest of the railroad tracks. But be careful: many of these spots have a time limit if you do not have a residential permit.
The suggestions in this experience fall inside a one-mile radius, just south of campus, along Liberty, Main, Washington, and Ashley Streets. Zingerman's Deli, the iconic sandwich shop and gourmet grocery on Detroit Street in Kerrytown, is the farthest destination—a 10-minute walk down Division Street from Graffiti Alley. You may want to hoof it, or, if you plan on doing some shopping there, you can take your chances and try to find another metered parking spot in Kerrytown. But be patient, especially on farmer's market days, which are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Your best bet is to pay for parking at one of the several Republic Parking garages closer to campus. Or you can download the Epark Ann Arbor app ahead of your visit to be routed to metered street parking around town.