Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Kalamazoo, MI, USA

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Kalamazoo is small-town Michigan

Kalamazoo is one of the first towns you come across as you enter Michigan from the south, its leafy downtown spaces and al fresco malls spreading out virtually midway between Chicago and Detroit. Linger some time to discover a truly family-friendly Midwestern city, where buzzing bars and barista-led coffee shops beckon from the Entertainment District, and where students hop between the lecture halls of Western Michigan University and the Bavarian beerhouses. Add in some handsome lakeside Kalamazoo vacation rentals, and a medley of zoos, festivals, and regional museums, and it's easy to see how this town could be the perfect place to vacation.

Shop and sightsee in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo is known for its clutch of Downtown shopping malls, which open up onto the fresh Midwestern airs, hosting farmers' markets and local craft stores in-between their high street fashion chains. Once you're done with the retail therapy, consider joining regional artists on the regular Friday night walking tours, or crack open a cold one with the resident students of the town's university. And when you want some peace and quiet, there's always the trekking and wildlife viewing opportunities of the nearby ranches and lakes.

Museums and ranches in Kalamazoo

With its fossil-packed dinosaur exhibits and focus on regional Michigan history, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum is the perfect place to start a visit to this charming town. And the cultural treats don't stop there, because the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts hosts rotating exhibits of both global and American art. Then comes the treats of the Midwestern backcountry, popping up with the horse ranches and urban gardens of the Kalamazoo Nature Center – think encounters with ponies, fluttering butterflies, and exotic birds.

Summer in Kalamazoo offers perfect weather

It's not only the proximity to the Michigan West Coast region, and all the waterparks and state beaches that goes with it, that will make you want to visit Kalamazoo in the summer. It's also the town's al fresco malls and lively farmer's markets, which really come to life between June and August. Spring is also a good time to book those Kalamazoo vacation rentals, especially if you're looking for something a little easier on the wallet, or a vacation with fewer fellow visitors.

Lakes and rivers abound in Kalamazoo

If you've been lucky enough to bag Kalamazoo vacation rentals close to the riverfront parks here, then you can get ready to enjoy one of the most beautiful natural features of this Midwestern town. As it cuts through the center, the Kalamazoo River offers up leafy urban spaces and miniature lakes aplenty. Entering the Kalamazoo Valley means exploring the dedicated reserves of the Fort Custer State Recreation Area, which has clusters of green woodland and waterside picnic spots. Meanwhile, the west is home to the Lake Michigan shore, meaning long beaches and picture-perfect sunset viewing over the waves.