Recognized as the sixth largest city in Michigan, Ann Arbor is a delightful city tucked 45 miles west of Detroit. The city is home to a population of over 344,000 and offers a vibrant cultural experience. If you're considering a visit to the city, the following are a few things that may help you plan better.
Like many of the cities within the region, Ann Arbor experiences a humid continental climate. If you live in a rental home or a place you bought, you can expect a nice four-season year with both cold and hot months. Annual temperatures range from as low as 0F to as high as 90 F during the summer. The city is coldest during the winter, which runs from November to April, with snowfall sometimes starting as early as October. Because of the city's proximity to the Great Lakes, visibility during the winter is typically poor. Expect some degree of cloudiness during the earlier months. Temperatures during this period often drop below 0 F. Summer is the warmest season, characterized by humid weather, achieving daytime highs of 104 F in July.
Despite its size, Ann Arbor has a wide variety of affordable places to eat. You will find everything from classy restaurants to pizza restaurants. Tamale and hot dog carts can be found on most streets, with prices averaging at $1. The city's downtown area is home to Chinese restaurants and lots of wrap shops. If you're working on a budget, try the Kerrytown Market and Shops, with a few locations. You'll find a handful of restaurants with meals under $14. For affordable but ethnic fare, head to the Ayse Courtyard Caf (along Plymouth Road), which is a Turkish restaurant, or Asian Legend, which offers close to four dozen Taiwanese dishes. Meals in are usually under $12. The Bubble Island on S University Ave is a great place to visit for frozen smoothies and beverages; but if you love coffee, then the Caf Felix (Main Street) is a great place to visit. You can enjoy a nice cup of cappuccino and sandwiches, while soaking in the view, for under $10.
It you're looking to splurge, visit The Chop House, on S Main. It is one of the pricier restaurants in the city but offers delicious meals and a luxurious experience. Meals typically start at $30 to $44 for the main dishes. If you enjoy a good steak (and who does not?), stop by the Knight's Steakhouse over on Dexter Ave, where you will find prime rib and delicious steak. The restaurant also serves a mouthwatering selection of side dishes to go with it. Tucked along Plymouth Rd is the Lord Fox. One of the oldest restaurants in the city, the Lord Fox has been open for close to a century and used to be a favorite dining spot for Henry Ford. You will get a wide selection of gourmet dishes including the restaurant's classic veal and beef.
Ann Arbor offers several attractive sights. Some of the popular landmarks in the city include the University of Michigan and Michigan Stadium. Walking along Main Street gives you a great way of observing the city in action, but if you are looking for a richer cultural experience, you drop by the Kelsey Museum ofArchaeology. Other places worth a visit include the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Bel-Mark Lanes, and Kempf House. You can tee off from a handful of golf courses, including Stonebridge and Lake Forest Golf Club, or enjoy a picnic at many of the parks around the city.
With up to 16,000 employees, University of Michigan is easily the largest employer in the city. The University of Michigan Medical Center follows it closely with 12,000 employees. In other sectors, the Toyota Technical Center is the top employer for the automotive industry (1,500 employees), while Thomas Reuters, with more than 1,000 employees is the leading IT employer. Other companies ranked within the 20 largest employees include Sheridan Books, Domino's Pizza, Trinity Healthy Medical Center, and CitiMortgage.
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