Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, or A2 as locals call it, is home to the University of Michigan and its famous sports teams. But by June, school is out and summer sets in, along with summer festivals, food fairs, the farmers’ markets and outdoor dining. Ann Arbor has an artistic bent and an attractive and pedestrian-friendly downtown, with unique shops, international cuisine and sidewalk cafes.

Ann Arbor upholds its “Treetown” nickname by being densely forested: the city contains more than 50,000 trees along its streets and another 50,000 trees in its parks. The city has 157 municipal parks ranging from small neighborhood green spots to nature areas, sports complexes, bike paths, Huron River park, an arboretum, to large recreation areas. In short, Ann Arbor is serious about an active and outdoor lifestyle.

GFNY Ann Arbor starts two miles from Downtown Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan and The Big House – University of Michigan’s Football Stadium; the largest in the United States. Enjoy all the amenities of Downtown Ann Arbor and the scenic cycling and nature surrounding Ann Arbor as part of your GFNY Ann Arbor experience.

Downtown Districts

Downtown Ann Arbor is home to four distinct commercial districts, Kerrytown District, Main Street District, South University District, and State Street District.

Kerrytown District is best known as the home of Zingerman’s Deli, a culinary giant that has influenced local and regional cuisine. Kerrytown is also well-known as a charming and eclectic shopping destination.

Main Street District is filled with inventive restaurants, creative cocktail bars, beloved music venues, and boundary-breaking art galleries.

South University District is classic "college town" neighborhood, perfect for strolling. Home to one of the world’s best law libraries, this gorgeous campus space is a popular spot for picnics and pictures.

The State Street District is the perfect destination for those who love historic architecture, theater and music performances, world-class art, shopping, fine dining and more.


A long-time artists community, Ann Arbor is home to renowned galleries, museums, and arts non-profits as well as theatrical and musical organizations that put on a wide range of excitingly unique performances. You’ll find independent bookstores, unique galleries, and a variety of top-notch museums all within the downtown area. Creativity is an essential part of what makes our area pure Michigan, and our community members are charged to challenge everything and create anything here!


This diverse community has an array of attractions, with more than 200 restaurants; shopping, including the year-round Ann Arbor Farmers Market; world-class museums; galleries; theaters; and clubs with live music.
You will find many food options, like: coffee shops, breakfast and brunch spots, pubs and breweries, fine dining, and farms and farmers markets.

Neighboring Communities

The nearby towns of Ann Arbor make for great pre- or post-race shake-out ride & food stop destinations! We will make a point to ride through some of these town during the official pre-race Group Rides, but plan a few extra days before or after the race to visit them all.

Ypsilanti — a progressive city with a funky name — is just 8 miles east of Ann Arbor. Discover the real Ypsi by exploring the restaurant and bar scene, four local museums, and thriving arts and culture scene.

Chelsea and Dexter each have a tight-knit, small community and a walkable downtown packed with great restaurants and local shops, as well as a dynamic art scene that includes a professional theater

Manchester is more purely natural, with bird watchers and barn quilt seekers alike drawn to its idyllic wide-open spaces. Milan mixes its agricultural heritage together with both a famous, long-established car racing dragway and a classic downtown that happens to house some of the region’s most exciting and promising new businesses.

And finally, Saline, with its deep ties to Celtic culture, and the addition of lauded restaurants like Salt Springs Brewery (housed in a gorgeous 118-year- old church), has lately become a destination for foodies looking for something more off the beaten path.