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Lansing Travel Guide
In 1837, when state leaders selected a small township nestled at the confluence of the Grand and Red Cedar Rivers as the state capital, fewer than 10 registered voters lived here. From these humble beginnings, Lansing quickly became one of the Wolverine State's most dynamic social and political centers. By the late 19th century, the capitol was completed and an intrepid local, R. E. Olds, completed his latest invention: a three-wheel vehicle powered by a steam engine. Over the years, the auto industry has stood as Lansing's lifeblood, making it the "Car Capital of North America." Indeed, Lansing and the Capital City region have much to offer — world-class museums, fine universities, tranquil greenspaces, historic neighborhoods, and unique shopping districts. Visit the renovated Old Town, where turn-of-the-century brick buildings have been restored and renovated and are now home to a potpourri of galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. Spend an evening in East Lansing, home of Michigan State and the Spartans, which offers visitors the bohemian flavor of college town life with a neat collection of specialty shops, collegiate bars, and fast food joints. Go antiquing in the surrounding towns of Mason, Okemos, and Williamston.