Destination guide

Brighton rocks!

Outdoorsy and idiosyncratic, Brighton is characterized by freshwater lakes, sprawling recreation areas, and quirky attractions. As locations go, this city at the heart of the Great Lakes region has it all. A Brighton vacation rental will put you within easy striking distance of the vibrant university city of Ann Arbor, and the iconic sights and culture of Detroit, while still being moments from open country, snow sports, and outdoor living. Get a lungful of fresh air, then follow it up with a bellyful of good food and craft beer at one of the city's many excellent eateries.

Things to do

Live a life less ordinary on your Brighton vacation rental

There's something about Brighton that seems to breed collectors, the quirkier the better. One of the city's best known attractions, the Lingenfelter collection, features more than 150 performance cars, including all-American muscle cars and European classics. For an even more eccentric collection, try the Ann Arbor Pinball Museum (limited opening hours). If you still haven't got your fix of culture and museums, downtown Detroit is less than an hour's drive away, while the museums and busy cultural life of Ann Arbor are only 25 minutes off. Back in Brighton, unwind with a bit of family-friendly airtime at the Sky Zone indoor trampoline park.

Activities

A whole lotta hot air

Whatever your preferred flavor of outdoor activity, chances are it's right on your doorstep with a Brighton vacation rental. Love your winter sports? Head to Mount Brighton to scratch that itch. Keen to practise your swing? Brighton's got championship-standard golf courses. Being in the Great Lakes region, and with more than its own fair share of smaller lakes, water activities are big on the Brighton agenda, with swimming, boating, and fishing all popular. Then there's hiking, biking, and horse riding at the city's recreation areas. Island Lake Recreation area even has ballooning and shooting, though these two activities are probably best undertaken separately.

Weather

Brighton breezy weather for versatile vacationers

In keeping with its generally obliging character, a Brighton vacation rental's got something to offer you whatever the season. Summers are hot, with occasional thunderstorms, while winters tend to be cold and dry. Snow is a distinct possibility, which is good news for the slopes of Mount Brighton. One of the loveliest seasons in this part of Michigan is fall - try Brighton Recreation Area for some picture-postcard fall foliage colors. One peculiarity of the climate in the Great Lakes is the so-called 'lake effect', which can make it quite cloudy round here in late fall/early winter.

Natural features

Round here it does what it says on the box

Brighton is set at the heart of the Great Lakes region, and the name is no understatement. The largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet, and covering a collective area of nearly 100,000 square miles, these vast inland seas are a wonder of the world. From Brighton, Lake Huron and Lake Erie are practically on your doorstep, while the country round Brighton is full of smaller lakes and recreation areas, with all the associated wildlife you'd expect. Despite its outdoorsy character and open spaces, Brighton's also so close to Detroit that it's actually classed as a suburb.

How to get there

How to get to and around Brighton

The nearest airport is in Pontiac, MI (PTK-Oakland County Intl.), located 19.4 mi (31.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Ann Arbor, MI (ARB-Ann Arbor Municipal), which is 21.3 mi (34.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Brighton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 51 vacation rentals near Brighton. From 34 Houses to 12 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Brighton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Brighton?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Brighton:

  • Angell: 33 vacation rentals
  • Kerrytown: 27 vacation rentals
  • Old West Side: 64 vacation rentals
  • Burns Park: 58 vacation rentals
  • Wines: 28 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Brighton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Brighton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mt. Brighton: 170 vacation rentals
  • University of Michigan: 213 vacation rentals
  • Michigan Stadium: 212 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Michigan University: 197 vacation rentals
  • Exhibit Museum of Natural History at the University Of Michigan: 211 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Brighton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Brighton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 34 Houses in Brighton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Brighton include:

  • Cabins: 12 rentals available
  • Cottages: 12 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 12 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with internet/wifi in Brighton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with internet/wifi among our 47 vacation rentals with internet/wifi available in Brighton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.