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Michigan Road Trip: Discovering Ann Arbor

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The Big House was TV5’s first stop in our visit to Ann Arbor. An amazing place where so much Michigan sports history has unfolded.

But even when it’s not football season, there is a lot to see in the amazing town.

History takes flight in a 47,000-square foot collection of aviation artifacts at the Yankee Air Museum.

It transports you back in time with iconic World War II aircrafts like the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-25 Mitchell Bomber.

“Has an extensive static display, it has public programming and education programming,” said Kevin Walsh, with the Yankee Air Museum.

With more than 5,000 artifacts spanning several decades, the museum at Willow Run gives people of all ages a hands-on opportunity to interact with real aircrafts. And by hands on, these planes actually fly and you can book a ride on one.

“You feel everything, smell everything, hear everything. You are right back in the seat of WWII and what it was like to actually fly on these aircrafts,” Walsh explained.

If you’re not up for a high-flying adventure, come back down to earth inside a time capsule from the 38th President of the United States.

Ann Arbor is also home to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

“One of the largest artifacts are the chairs from his time in Congress as the House Minority Leader,” said Geir Gundersen, with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library.

The 50,000 square foot library houses millions of pages of documents, thousands of hours of video, and 450,000 photographs. It is also home to the office President Ford used after his Presidency.

“He’s probably best known for playing football here at U of M, but he was a very good student, majored in economics which is probably not widely known,” Gundersen said.

If you’ve worked up an appetite, Ann Arbor has a diverse international food scene, with more than 300 restaurants and eateries. Perhaps none more famous than the Ann Arbor initiation known as Zingerman’s.

“Years later we are an overnight success, today we have 10 businesses,” said Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman’s.

Since business began in 1982 in an historic building near the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, Zingerman’s has served up thousands of delicious sandwiches with premium and unique ingredients made daily.

“It’s everything from the products themselves, to the quality of the products, to the customer experience,” Weinzweig said.

The deli also stocks an exceptional array of farmhouse cheeses, artesian breads, coffee, tea, and so much more. And the staff are more than happy to let you have a taste.

“You literally feel the difference when you walk in, and that’s manifested from the smiles to the way people make eye contact, talk to you or the passion they have for what they are doing," Weinzweig said.

When the sun sets, make sure you take in the sights and sounds of live theatre at the world renowned Purple Rose Theatre.

Formed in 1991 by Chelsea native and well-known thespian Jeff Daniels, don’t miss your chance to see a one-of-a-kind stage experience.

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