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Lansing, MI

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In the middle of the mitten lies Lansing, the state capital of Michigan. As the home of an enormous automobile manufacturing industry, including General Motors, this city’s geography at first appears purely postindustrial. However, traveling about the city reveals beautiful natural nooks that surround the Grand River, which flows throughout the entire city. In addition to offering ample wooded areas and wildlife, Lansing hosts attractions including an acclaimed symphony, a teeming zoo, and one of the largest genealogy collections in the U.S.

Getting Around in Lansing, MI

Lansing boasts the second-highest public transport ridership in Michigan, and for good reason: its Capital Area Transport Authority (CATA) was the winner of the APTA America’s Best Transit Award in 2007. Lansing is also a major Amtrak stop, making for easy weekend trips to Chicago or Toronto. Biking throughout the city is also a solid option, especially if you’ll be sticking to the 13-mile River Trail along the Grand. 

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The average commuter time in Lansing is:
10 to 14 minutes
Explore info about this city
  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 2.96%
  • 5.78%
  • 1.11%

Michigan Library and Historical Center

<p>Bibliophiles will be happy to know that the state's largest library, the aptly named Michigan Library, is located in Lansing. However, the real draw lies not in literature, but in the library's genealogy collection. As one of the 10 largest collections in the United States, it is a treasure trove of vital records, cemetery transcriptions, local histories and maps to fascinate and educate. Adjacent to the library is the Historical Center, which provides a museum chronicling Michigan history.</p>

Lansing Symphony Orchestra

<p>The city of Lansing is privileged to be home to its own Lansing Symphony Orchestra, which performs symphonies both classic and contemporary all throughout the year. Its MasterWorks series brings in virtuosos from all over the world to perform the orchestral greats, and its Pops Series focuses on popular music rendered in classical style. Upcoming highlights of the season include a Beethoven and Mozart MasterWorks performance and a holiday edition of Pops, which takes place three days before Christmas.</p>