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Travel & Sightseeing

Have You Purchased Your Flight to Michigan?

We recommend purchasing travel insurance with your flight. Furthermore, many students buy open-ended tickets that allow flexibility with return flights.  This is helpful for some students that add on a semester or plan to travel within the USA after completing their studies. 

Getting Around the Lansing Area

Getting around MSU and East Lansing is easiest by foot, bike, or bus. Use the following online resources to help plan your journey:

MSU Interactive Map
CATA Bus System
MSU Bikes

Trains & Buses

Public transportation and the train and bus system is not as extensive in the US as it is in other countries. However, you can take the train or bus to visit cities inside and outside of Michigan.



Major airports in Michigan are also accessible from campus:

Detroit (DTW) -- easily accessed with the Michigan Flyer Bus from East Lansing
Lansing (LAN)
Grand Rapids (GRR) 

About the Local Area

East Lansing

MSU is located in the city of East Lansing - a classic college town. There is a wide variety of shops, restaurants, festivals, parks, and community activities going on throughout the year. Click on the links below to explore:

City of East Lansing


Located just to the west of East Lansing is Lansing - the capital of Michigan. Here you can visit the capital building and Michigan Historical Museum, but also discover Old Town. Old Town is home to eclectic shops and restaurants where there is always something interesting happening. Click the links below to start discovering:

Greater Lansing, MI - Things to do, Restaurants, and Hotels
I Love Old Town

About the Midwest

Michigan is in an area of the U.S. called the midwest. The states neighboring Michigan have so much to offer, and they are easily accessible by bus, train, and plane. Be sure to make plans to visit cities such as these while you are here:

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Columbus, Ohio


It's also easy to visit Canada while you study at MSU! Toronto and Niagara Falls are within driving distance from East Lansing. Just be sure to check into the visa process and get a travel signature on your US Visa Paperwork before you go. 

About Michigan

Within a few hours driving or on the bus, you can explore the diverse state of Michigan. From the Great Lakes to the Upper Peninsula, stunning nature awaits you. From Grand Rapids to Ann Arbor to Detroit, fascinating historical cities are ready for you to explore. As they say, your journey begins at

Some cities to visit:

  • Ann Arbor
  • Grand Rapids
  • Detroit
  • Traverse City
  • Mackinaw/Mackinac Island
  • Manistee
  • Kalamazoo
  • Frankenmuth
  • St. Ignace

If your question is not answered here, contact us:

American Semester Program (Direct Enroll Students) and Short Course: american(at)
Exchange Students: msuex(at)