The usually sleepy Lansing-East Lansing metro area is not going to be on anyone’s Top 10 Midwest destination list anytime soon. One of the smaller capital cities by population, it does not have the excitement of Madison, the rich history of Springfield, or the big city feel of Columbus. Even East Lansing, the home of Michigan State, can feel a little underwhelming, especially when compared to nearby Ann Arbor. For many, the main attraction will most likely be related to attending one of the many Michigan State University sporting or cultural events.
That said, there are a number of great little museums and events around the town, many either free or very low cost. Public transportation can be limiting if you are planning to venture out from the main line connecting the two city centres. There are a limited number of hotels located in the downtown districts that can fill quickly if there is a major event.
Go if you like:
-Big 10-university action
-Auto industry history
-Grand Rapids: 68.2 miles/1h 1m
-Chicago: 219 miles/3h 23 m
-Fort Wayne: 132 miles/2h 2m
-Toledo: 119 miles/1h 46m
-Detroit: 90.6 miles/1h 23m
Also serviced by:
Air (Capital Region International Airport)
Amtrak (East Lansing Station on the Blue Water Line)