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Capitol Building, Hawk Island & Lansing Art Festival in Lansing, Michigan

Best things to do in Lansing Michigan - Eric Spitz - Football at Michigan State by Ashton Clark on Unsplash

Football at Michigan State. Photo by Ashton Clark on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Eric Spitz of Juxtaposed Journeys about Lansing, Michigan. Eric’s tips for the best things to do in Lansing are awesome because he was born in Lansing, and although he’s traveled all over the world, the city truly feels like home to him.

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Best things to do in Lansing Michigan - Eric Spitz - Michigan State Capitol Building by Jason Gillman on Pixabay

As the state capital, touring the Michigan State Capitol Building is an educational attraction. Photo by Jason Gillman on Pixabay.

Lansing, Michigan

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests. Eric recommends getting the Michigan Activity Pass from your local library if you qualify. It provides free admission and discounts on attractions throughout Michigan.

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Best things to do in Lansing Michigan - Eric Spitz - Rhino and baby at Potter Park Zoo by David Moruzzi on Unsplash

Rhino and baby at Potter Park Zoo. Photo by David Moruzzi on Unsplash.

Getting around Lansing

The local airport is Lansing Capital Regional International Airport (LAN), which is about a 15-minute drive to downtown. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and Gerald R. Ford International Airport (in Grand Rapids, GRR) are also good options for more flight choices. Both are just an hour away from Lansing.

Eric says that renting a car is the easiest way to get around town. Locals and visitors can use the CATA buses, but the hours are limited. , if you’re staying downtown, it’s still a good idea to rent a car. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

Best things to do in Lansing Michigan - Eric Spitz - East Lansing Art Festival paintings

Make sure that you visit the East Lansing Art Festival to see the paintings from local artists.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Eric Spitz about Lansing, Michigan. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Lansing, Michigan
  • Green dots = best things to do in Lansing, Michigan
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Lansing, Michigan

Who is Eric Spitz?

Eric is a Lansing native and former collegiate cross country and track athlete who loves to travel. Seven years ago he made the decision to combine his love for running and traveling into one goal, so he made a life goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. So far he’s crossed 16 off the list.

He has been documenting his running and traveling journeys on his blog: Juxtaposed Journeys, which transitioned into more of a podcast in 2021. On the show, he interviews different creators and entrepreneurs about their passion projects. In 2021, the podcast placed 3rd in City Pulse’s Top of the Town Contest for Best Local Podcast.

Eric thinks every person and location has something unique to offer, which is something he tries to capture in his writing, and on the podcast.

Best things to do in Lansing Michigan - Eric Spitz at the Lansing Turkey Trot

Eric with a friend at the annual Lansing Turkey Trot.

Here are a few podcasts he has been featured in along with a link to his own podcasts.

You can connect with Eric on his website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Best things to do in Lansing Michigan - Eric Spitz - inside the State Capitol Building by Bimatshu Pyakuryal on Unsplash

The cast-iron dome is incredible to see from inside the State Capitol Building. Photo by Bimatshu Pyakuryal on Unsplash.

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Best things to do in Lansing Michigan - Eric Spitz - Beers at Horrocks Farm Market

Grab food and drinks from Horrocks Farm Market, a local shop offering food, beverages, and more.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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AJ in Monaco for his birthday

Listen to the next episode when AJ Saunders of A.J.S. Digital Group shares the best things to do in Monaco. In this episode, AJ and I talk about watching the Monaco Grand Prix, exploring the Old Town on Le Rocher, and exotic cars in Casino Square. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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