Colorful local history, quirky culture and artisanal dining in Michigan’s capital city
At the heart of the Michigan peninsula, conveniently located between Grand Rapids and Detroit, is the capital city of Lansing. At once historic and modern, urban and quaint, Lansing has a distinct vibe that can be felt in its diverse attractions and hidden gems. Must-sees include the sophisticated Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and downtown’s stunning State Capitol Building – but don’t forget to branch out and enjoy the funky arts scene in Old Town, craft cocktails at a local distillery, coffee in historic REO Town and a little bit of outdoor adventure along the Grand River.
Street Art and Creative Dining in Old Town
The heart of Lansing, the Old Town district dates to the city’s founding days of the mid-1800s. Over the past three decades, dedicated citizens have revitalized this historic center. You’ll find colorful storefronts in the century-old buildings, elevating the best of Lansing’s creative and unique vendors – from tattoo artists and art galleries to pubs and restaurants. Every other month, the Arts Night Out event springs to life with music, dance, pop-up theater and public art. When hunger strikes, grab a bite to eat from Punk Taco, offering traditional and modern flavors in combinations such as mojo pork with carrot-mint salad and smoked cauliflower tacos. Bonus: The tortillas are handmade. Walk off your meal while enjoying views of the Grand River along the Lansing River Trail, a 21-kilometer path connecting parks, attractions and activity hubs along the riverfront.