Kalamazoo, MI

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Explore a city with miles of hiking trails, interesting wildlife and a renowned aviation museum featuring flight simulators and vintage planes.

Kalamazoo in southwest Michigan offers some of the best attractions in the Midwestern United States. Visit its museums to discover important American art pieces from the 20th century and exhibits that focus on entertaining and educating children. Go hiking and see the natural treasures of the area. Enjoy a day at the Air Zoo, a fun aviation museum and amusement park.

The city was originally called Bronson, after its founder Titus Bronson. In 1836 the name was changed to Kalamazoo, which comes from the language spoken by the Native American Potawatomi people. Discover some of the original natural beauty of the Potawatomi land at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. It has more than 14 miles (22 kilometers) of hiking trails among the green scenery of Michigan. You can also view birds of prey and see interesting exhibitions in the Glen Vista Gallery.

While you are visiting Kalamazoo, make sure you stop at the Air Zoo, a famous aviation museum and indoor fun park. See classic planes and experience a 4-D simulated World War II mission on board a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Jump into the flight simulators to fly a combat jet and go to Mars on a rocket.

Kalamazoo has numerous interesting museums. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a renowned organization where you can learn about American art and see more than 4,000 works. Visit the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, with hands-on exhibits for kids. Another spot that can be fun for the whole family is the Gilmore Car Museum. It’s located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Kalamazoo center and houses one of the largest collections of classic cars in Michigan, the state where America’s auto industry began.

Two major cities in the United States, Chicago and Detroit, are less than 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Kalamazoo. Reach the city by plane using the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport or by train or bus using the Kalamazoo Transportation Center located in the downtown area.

Where to stay in Kalamazoo

Comfort Inn Downtown - University Area
Comfort Inn Downtown - University Area
2.5 out of 5
739 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI, 49007
The price is $88 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Kalamazoo. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.5/5 Good! (583 reviews)
"Always helpful with my constant questioning."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

Best Western Plus Kalamazoo Suites
Best Western Plus Kalamazoo Suites
2.5 out of 5
2575 S 11th Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $90 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Kalamazoo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
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Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Delta Hotels by Marriott Kalamazoo Conference Center
Delta Hotels by Marriott Kalamazoo Conference Center
3.5 out of 5
2747 S 11th Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009
The price is $128 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Kalamazoo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (865 reviews)
Nice place to stay
"It was very nice and clean. The pool was great. Friendly and helpful people working there."

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Basswood @ 525 Sprague 6
Basswood @ 525 Sprague 6
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Stay at this apartment in Kalamazoo. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a TV. Popular attractions Waldo Stadium and University Arena are located nearby. Discover ...
Amazing Lakefront Retreat On Long Lake! 2 Bedroom Home by Redawning
Amazing Lakefront Retreat On Long Lake! 2 Bedroom Home by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
8015 West Long Lake Drive, Kalamazoo, MI, 49048
Stay at this 3.5-star golf vacation home in Kalamazoo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an onsite convenience store. Popular attractions Air Zoo and Portage ...
Enjoy and Relax
Enjoy and Relax
Kalamazoo, MI
Stay at this apartment in Kalamazoo. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Waldo Stadium and University Arena are located nearby. ...
3/5 (3 reviews)
Awesome stay
"Great stay - thanks Josh, property was perfect!"

Reviewed on May 30, 2022

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