Lansing City Facts
|Country||USA (United States of America)|
|County||Ingham and Eaton County|
|Total Area||36.68 sq miles|
|Lat Long Coordinates||42.7325° N, 84.5556° W|
|Time Zone||EST (UTC−05:00)|
|Major Religion||Roman Catholic, Christian|
|Museums||Michigan Historical Museum, Impression 5 Science Center, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum|
Lansing is the capital of the state of Michigan. It is home to educational, government, cultural, and commercial activities, and according to a 2016 population estimate, Lansing includes 116,020 people.
In the early 19th century, Lansing was a forested area. It was surveyed in 1827, as ‘Township 4 North Range 2 West,’ and was not offered for sale until 1830. In 1835 and 1836, New Yorkers were deceived by two speculators who sold plots in the non-existent Biddle City. Upon reaching the area, the New Yorkers found that they had been cheated, as the plots were located in a marsh and were underwater. Not to be deterred, some people stayed back and settled around what is now known as Metropolitan Lansing. These settlers named the area as Lansing Township.
As Detroit was considered too close to Canada, which was under British rule, in 1847 the capital of Michigan was shifted from Detroit to Lansing. In 1859, Lansing was officially incorporated as a city and in 1879, the new state capitol was dedicated.
Lansing has numerous hotels, and some of these are; University Quality Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites Lansing West, Courtyard Lansing, Hampton Inn & Suites Lansing West, Causeway Bay Lansing Hotel, Americas Best Value Inn Lansing, are just a few of the famous hotels in the city that are the favorite lounge of the tourists. The location, atmosphere and ambience of these hotels are best suited for tourists.
Lansing has several restaurants offering scrumptious dishes to titillate the visitor’s gastronomic palate. Some popular restaurants in the city are Golden Harvest Restaurant, Deluca’s Restaurant, Soup Spoon Café, Naing Myanmar Family Restaurant, Capital Prime, Knight Cap, Zaytoon Mediterranean, Huapei Restaurant, and many others.
Lansing is well-connected by air, rail, and road. Located just three miles northwest of downtown Lansing is the Capital Region International Airport, which offers many flights throughout the day. Some airlines that fly to and from Capital Region International Airport are Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Allegiant Air, and others.
Some major highways that provide connectivity to the city are I-69, I-96, I-496, US 127, M-43, M-99, etc. Intercity passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak, while three freight railroads that serve the city are; Jackson & Lansing Railroad, Canadian National Railway, CSX Transportation.
The city has a Midwestern humid continental climate. Summers in Lansing are warm and humid, while winters are cold. Winters also witness moderate to heavy snowfall.
Places to Visit:
Lansing is home to a number of attractions. These include; the several farmers’ markets that are held in summer, the Library of Michigan, the Lansing Art Gallery, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, Michigan State University, the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum, Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, Potter Park Zoo, among others.