The best thing about A-squared, as locals call it, is that you never have to leave—there are great ethnic restaurants, a world-class university, bike lanes galore, and superb trails, like the 35-mile Border2Border.
“The Huron River is completely flanked by the Border2Border,” says James Morse, a photographer (and paddler and cross-country skier and mountain biker) who has lived in Ann Arbor for the past five years. “You can go a very long distance without having to turn around, and almost never see cars.”
But then again, there’s a reason the city’s 113,934 residents (and 43,000 college students) escape on weekends: the surrounding area has everything from 17 miles of singletrack at the Potowa-tomi Trail, in nearby Pinckney State Recreation Area, to the 976,043-acre Huron-Manistee National Forests only a couple of hours up Interstate 75. Go Blue!