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/Ad Ink - Greater Lansing) - Whether you're planning a family vacation, a romantic getaway or an escape with some dear friends, you may not need to travel far. Many travelers are opting to stay stateside and explore hidden delights right here in the U.S. instead of going abroad.
This way, vacationers are spending more money -- and time -- on activities and less on getting there. Super-savvy travelers forego the tourist traps on either coast and discover the Midwest heartland. When have you had the opportunity to visit the area surrounding the Great Lakes? Lansing, Mich., is centrally located for convenient travelling to the lakeshore and northern camping areas.
Here's a taste of some attractions to expect in Greater Lansing
, Mich. From there, the whole state opens its doors.
* Miles of rich culture. There are cultural attractions aplenty. The MSU Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, devotes three floors to world cultures, dinosaurs and animal diversity of the Great Lakes region. If it's Native American culture you can't get enough of, the Nokomis Learning Center features a vibrant art gallery and other exhibits. Or visit the Eli and Edythe Broad Contemporary Art Museum, brand new to the Michigan State University campus. (www.broadmuseum.msu.edu
* Unique dining opportunities. Greater Lansing is home to a score of locally owned bistros with fresh seafood, extensive wine and unique seasonal specialties. Try Beggar's Banquet and the Spartan Hall of Fame Café in East Lansing and the Nuthouse Sports Grill and Clara's Lansing Station in downtown Lansing.
Plus, not only do these restaurants offer delectable wine selections, the region boasts wine tastings at P Squared Wine Bar, Burgdorf's Winery, Country Mill Farms and Dusty's Cellar.
* Activities for kids and adults. If you're looking for the ultimate relaxation -- i.e., reclining in a spa -- All Body Kneads offers hot stone massage, while the Creative Wellness Holistic Health Center has chiropractic care, acupuncture and yoga classes. Or find regular spa amenities at Douglas J Salon.
On the other hand, Greater Lansing has volumes of entertainment for kids. If the weather is nice, families post up at the East Lansing Aquatic Center for waterslides or enjoy kayaking at The Grand Fish. If your children have an affection for science, Lansing boasts the Abrams Planetarium and the Impression 5 Science Center.
If you need help planning your visit, visit www.lansing.org
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