Ann Arbor Tourism

Located just 45 miles from the city of Detroit and 35 miles from the border of Ohio, Ann Arbor is a beautiful little gem of Michigan. From vibrant shopping scenes to art displays and interactive museums to kid-friendly entertainment arenas, Ann Arbor offers a plethora of tourist attractions and activities. This small city was founded in the year 1824 and was first named as “Annarbour”. There are two theories behind the name. While the first says that it is named after the founders’ wives with the same name “Ann”, the second theory says that the name came from the arbor of roses and grapes. Whatever the fact is, today, Ann Arbor stands as a city with rich cultural, educational, and artistic values. Ann Arbor has a population of about 115,000 and is home to the University of Michigan. This pedestrian-friendly downtown is also known as “tree town” because of its tree-lined paths. These walkways are also lined by a number of cafes, shops, bookstores, and cultural centers. On the other hand, the Downtown is dotted with many art galleries, theatres, and event venues making Ann Arbor a lively spot.

Essential travel information and Ann Arbor tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4)
  • Currency: US Dollar
  • Electricity and Internet: The average residential electricity rate in Ann Arbor is 14.13¢/kWh (Plug type E). Free internet at public places as well as private internet service providers.
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Tipping: Not customary but appreciated.
  • Security:

Emergency Number: 911

Non-Emergency line: 734.994.2911

General information: 734.794.6920

  • Know the pollution level of Ann Arbor before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 13.16 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 15.38 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 26.92 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 14.58 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 6.25 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 8.33 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Ann Arbor for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ann Arbor.

    • Burglary and Theft 20.24 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 19.05 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 13.1 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 10.71 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 20 (Low)
    • Drug offense 29.76 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 95.24 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 71.43 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 21.25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 7.14 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 27.5 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Ann Arbor is 199.43 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 79.97 (High)
    • Climate Index 56.8 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 20.8 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.35 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 72.66 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 77.78 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 4.64 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 118.36 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ann Arbor

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.09 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 39.32 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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