Lansing Travel Guide, Michigan
Lansing, the capital city of the US state of Michigan, enjoys great significance as an administrative, cultural, educational and industrial center. In Lansing, you have it all – picturesque locales, stable economy, comforts and conveniences of life, leading educational institutes, employment opportunities, excellent entertainment options and a very reasonable cost of living. In fact, the Lansing region has been conferred the “Five Star Quality of Life Quotient” title by the Expansion Management magazine. Considering the fact that a trip to Lansing is not going to burn a hole in your pocket, Lansing is experiencing increased tourist visits.
Area: 91.3 sq km
Construction work is a rather continuous process in Lansing and so you will see new structures coming up side by side buildings belonging to the mid 1800s. The State Capitol building built in 1879 is an unparalleled example of past architecture and the 1992 renovation of the building has restored its past glory.
Downtown Lansing has been largely rebuilt and redeveloped and you will find many new restaurants, shopping and housing complexes in this part. Nevertheless, the downtown area still retains some of its old charms and it has one of the oldest farmer’s markets in the US. The Michigan Supreme Court building erected in 2002 is a modern architectural wonder and a huge attraction with foreign tourists.
Infrastructure and economy
Declared the state capital back in 1847, the city has made slow yet steady progress. Today, it has the ideal infrastructure to support day-to-day life. As already said, the city has some of the very best educational institutes in the region (in fact, the city has the nation’s largest law school); the same can be said about health-care facilities and other civic amenities. With industrial parks and banks close by, the city has an environment very congenial for the growth of industries and businesses. The industries like machine building and automobiles, the economy of the city has seen a huge boom.
The city’s transportation-network deserves special mentioning. Vacationers can have access to varied transportation options. You can avail bus and taxi services for traveling within the Lansing region. As an alternative to public means of transportation, you can hire cabs and even luxury limos. The nearby Capital City Airport running direct flights to and from major US cities offers great options for intercity travel.
People and Culture
Lansing is an ethnically diverse city and has people of different origin co-existing within its limits. The people of the land follow different festivities with much mirth and hilarity. The African American parade and the Heritage Festival are two prime festivities of the region.
The people here take keen interest in various art forms like dance, music and theater. Dance and music festivals, performance by live bands are something common year-round but the Lansing JazzFest and the Old Town BluesFest are two events that music buffs impatiently wait for. Live theater shows and ballet programs draw in great audiences.
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