Top things to do

in Lansing

Michigan Historical Museum

Downtown, the Michigan Historical Museum features 26 permanent galleries, including a replica UP copper mine you can walk through.
in Lansing


Kewpee's has been feeding folks olive burgers and crisp onion rings by the capitol for more than 85 years.
Diner in Lansing

Golden Harvest

Golden Harvest is a loud, punk-rock-meets-hippie diner serving the sausage-and-French-toast Bubba Sandwich and hearty omelets; cash only.
Museum in Grand Rapids

Gerald R Ford Museum

The downtown museum is dedicated to Michigan's only president. Ford stepped into the Oval Office after Richard Nixon and his vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in disgrace. It's a bizarre period in US history, an…
Gardens in Grand Rapids

Frederik Meijer Gardens

The 118-acre gardens feature impressive blooms, and sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and others. It is 5 miles east of downtown via I-196. For more on the visual theme, there's a good art museum downtown, to…
Brewery in Grand Rapids

Founders Brewing Company

if you've only got time for one stop in Grand Rapids, make it rock-and-roll Founders Brewing Company. The ruby-tinged Dirty Bastard Ale is good swillin', and there's meaty (or vegetable-y, for vegetarians) deli sand…
Museum in Lansing

RE Olds Transportation Museum

The museum has a sweet collection of some 65 vintage cars that sit in the old Lansing City Bus Garage, including the first Oldsmobile, which was built in 1897. Note they're not all on display at once, but rotate reg…
Museum in Lansing

Broad Museum of Art

Renowned architect Zaha Hadid designed the wild-looking parallelogram of stainless steel and glass. It holds everything from Greek ceramics to Salvador Dali paintings. Much of the space is devoted to avant-garde exh…
Brewery in Grand Rapids

Brewery Vivant

It specializes in Belgian-style beers. Set in an old chapel with stained glass and a vaulted ceiling, the atmospheric brewpub also serves locally sourced cheese plates and burgers at farmhouse-style communal tables.
Pub in Lansing


This East Lansing outpost of the regional pub chain has a bottle-cap-studded bar made from old gym bleachers, lights repurposed from a shuttered church and groovy rock-and-roll folk art. It's a treat to look at, but…