So you’ve decided to plan your vacation for the upcoming year. You’re doing a bunch of google searching, Pinterest scrolling and talking to others about the best places to go in Michigan. Well, have you ever thought of using your destinations CVB to help with your travel plans?

A CVB is a Convention and Visitors Bureau, and they are the go-to guys and gals for all of the tidbits you need to know about the area you’d like to visit. They can provide you with plenty of resources like local events, the best foodie destinations, the greatest adventures, where to sleep, and so much more! Keep reading to find out five ways a destinations CVB can help you plan your vacation?

Website

A big tool you can utilize is the CVB’s website. Once you enter into their site you’ll be able to find everything you need!

Always look for the calendar full of events. You could plan your vacation around one of the area’s festivals, a performance, or maybe an exhibit at a museum. Many people visit the Greater Lansing area, for its many music festivals. Whenever you decide to go, there is sure to be some local event that you can participate in!

Search for a place to sleep. The website will also have a list of hotels in the area, old and new. You can find the best rooms and accommodations to fit your needs. It’s easy to book your overnight at one of the local hotels on the CVB’s website.

Dining

You and your traveling companions are bound to get hungry! Instead of stopping at the usually fast food restaurants, utilize your CVB to find some local dining hotspots.

Hop on the website or pick up a dining guide to find an eatery for the pickiest of eaters (the little ones), the outgoing foodie, a fine dining experience, gluten free options and many more yummy choices!

If you’re looking to save some cash while eating out, the Greater Lansing CVB offers coupons for restaurants in the local area. Save money on food and you can spend it on more unique experience.

Transportation

Getting around a destination can be stressful, especially if you have never visited the area before. The CVB can provide you with useful maps to help you find the areas hotels, restaurants, parking ramps and lots, and any other venues important to your visit.  

The CVB also has information on public transportation, including the bus schedule, and other unique modes of transportation. The Lansing area(s) participates in the usage of electric scooters, which can be rented and driven all over the area.

social

Follow the CVB’s social media channels! Not only will you be able to see beautiful photos of the area, but you’ll be able to learn more about the destination and get some local tidbits. The GLCVB likes to feature a lot of photos on their Instagram, if you tag us in your awesome shots of Lansing, we could feature you and even use your photo in some of our print material, with your permission of course!

Read their blogs. Blogs will give you the insider peek on the area you are visiting. The topics range from events, venues, food, unique festivals, new hotels, art installations and some much more local information!

Visit

Visit the area’s CVB! If you aren’t finding what you’re looking for on the CVB’s website, stop by the location(s) to get your questions answered.  While your inside you’ll be able to talk with someone who is an expert on your destination. I know here, at the GLCVB, Karen or Anne would love to tell you about their own favorite Greater Lansing spots. 

They may even recommend you pick up some of the CVB’s print resources like a Visitor Guide full of helpful information, a Dining Guide complete with dining coupons and they may even have a Family Fun Guide, like we do! This guide showcases all of the family-friendly locations in the Lansing area. There are some great places to take both the little and big kids.

So, when you have decided where you’re going for vacation, utilize your destination’s CVB. You’ll be able to search the upcoming events on their calendar, find the best hotel, eat some delicious local food, use the local maps to find your way around, use their social outlets for tidbits and you can even stop in to get those print resources. You’re sure to enjoy a stress-free vacation at a beautiful destination, especially if you travel to Greater Lansing, Michigan.