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Why Fly to Lansing?
To some Michigan visitors, the State Capital of Lansing may be just a pit stop between the hot spots of Detroit and Grand Rapids. But to Michigan State University alums and anyone who has spent time in this fun and friendly college town, it will always be a second home. Search online for cheap flights to Lansing and compare its fine hotels to begin planning your trip to the official Heart of Michigan. Whether you’re visiting to see MSU’s legendary Spartan football in action or just to enjoy Central Michigan’s small town charm and gorgeous natural surroundings, Lansing is ready to welcome you.
Which Airlines Fly to Lansing?
Lansing is served by the Capital Region International Airport (LAN), located about three miles northwest of the city center. Very few cities have direct flights to Lansing, but among them are Chicago, via United Express, Detroit, via Delta Connection, and Minneapolis, via Sun Country Airlines.
Lansing Flight Tips
Good deals on airfare to Lansing can be found if you book early and can be flexible with your travel dates, but if you’re finding flights to be pricey or inconvenient, there are alternatives. Lansing is only 90 minutes from Detroit by car, and just over an hour from Grand Rapids. Detroit Metro Airport is Delta’s second largest hub, and the airline’s incoming flights are often competitively priced. Grand Rapids’ Gerald R. Ford International Airport receives flights from about 25 U.S. cities, including six in Florida.
Quick Travel Guide to Lansing
After you get settled into one of the comfortable hotels in Lansing, you’ll want to stroll by the Michigan State Capitol, a magnificent neoclassical building that dates back to the 1870s. Its interior is considered to be among the most ornate of all U.S. state capitol buildings, with highlights that include eight enormous paintings of muses and a working clock that has been displayed in all three of Michigan’s state capitol buildings since the first one was dedicated in Detroit in 1837. Capitol tours should be arranged in advance.
To continue your sightseeing tour, strap on some comfortable walking shoes to explore the sprawling and architecturally stunning Michigan State University campus. Its most historic buildings are ideally situated along the banks of the tree-lined Red Cedar River, and landmarks spread throughout the campus include the imposing Beaumont Tower and a bronze statue of Sparty, the mascot of the Michigan State Spartans.
The Potter Park Zoo is an especially large and modern zoo for a city of Lansing’s size, covering more than 100 acres and housing more than 160 animal species. If you have a rainy day, wait it out at the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum, an outstanding automotive museum with exhibits that include the last Oldsmobile ever built. And when you just want to have fun, prowl around Downtown East Lansing and explore the hip district of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops where the university crowd blows off steam.