What to See on Your Visit to Alma, Michigan

Alma is a great destination to relax and relish in a unique and historic smalltown in the heart of Mid-Michigan. It’s laid back, it’s friendly and kinda cute! In the middle of everything is Alma, otherwise referred to as Scotland, USA! 

Read why I love Alma Highland Festival and Games.

To Explore


To Eat

Coffee

  • Next Level Espresso
  • Highland Blush
  • Biggby Coffee
  • Starbucks
  • Tim Horton’s

If you want to stay up to date on what’s new in the Alma area follow Scotland USA & Alma Area on Facebook.


Accommodations

Alma College Alumni House – Smith Alumni House is a home away from home, with four guest rooms each with a private, attached bathroom. The Meyer House, is a two bedroom bungalow located one block for the Smith Alumni House. Both located near Alma College.

Camp Wanders is a peaceful retreat and great glamping experience. Affordable rates, located within walking distance to the riverside, parks and historic downtown.

Saravilla is a three-story Dutch Colonial mansion built in 1894 with a delightful taste of the Bed and Breakfast experience for everyone. Including a 1200 sq.ft. ballroom, billiard room, 24-hour guest kitchen, library, parlor, front porch and decks.

The Triangle Motel is a charming 10 unit motel built in the 1950’s on the outskirts of Alma, Ithaca, and St. Louis. Offering 3-star accommodation with a garden. Rooms are clean, nicely decorated, and the beds are comfortable.

3one3 Boutique Hotel is Alma’s only boutique hotel, accommodations feature custom designs and rooms inspired by the history of the newly renovated 125-year-old building.


sunset downtown alma michigan

Transportation

Driving Directions – Major roads – US 127/ Bus. US 127 & M46

From the north, take US 127 to Alma, 17 miles south of Mount Pleasant. Take the first Alma exit, which is Business 127. At the fourth light on Business 127 (also called Wright Avenue), turn left on Superior Street for downtown or turn right for Alma College.

From the south, take US 127 to Alma, 48 miles north of Lansing. Take the first Alma exit to Business 127, and follow this route (which becomes Superior Street) through the downtown business district. Continue on Superior Street past Wright Avenue for Alma College.

From the west, take Route 46 from US 131, about 40 miles. Turn right on Business 127. At the fourth light on Business 127 (also called Wright Avenue) turn left on Superior Street for downtown or turn right for Alma College.

From the east, take Route 46 from Saginaw, about 35 miles. Turn left on Business 127. At the fourth light on Business 127 (also called Wright Avenue) turn left on Superior Street for downtown or turn right for Alma College.

By Bus

Alma Transportation Center (ATC) provides open door public transportation which includes service to Alma, St. Louis, Gratiot County, Pine River Township, Gratiot Community Airport and other locations through our intergovernmental agreements.

Kids under 5 ride for free with their parent/guardian, youth (5-17) and adults (18-64) will have a two dollar ($2.00) fare. The senior rate (65-74) and reduced fare will be one dollar ($1.00). 75 and over (Gold Card) will ride for free. Travel with these rates anywhere in Alma, St. Louis, Ithaca and Pine River Township. Call and schedule your rides at 989-463-6016 option 1.

ATC and I-Ride (Public Transportation Services of the Isabella County Transportation Commission) have partnered together to provide service to and from Alma and Mount Pleasant. ATC goes north at 8:00am, 12:00 noon, and 6:00pm. The cost is $4.00 per ride or $2.00 reduced fare. I-Ride comes south at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm.

Indian Trails buses stop in Alma as part of their Lansing to Boyne City route, connecting to Chicago and St. Ignace. Call Indian Trails at 1-800-292-3831 regarding schedules, routes and fares.

Greyhound – There is a Greyhound Bus stop, call 1-800-231-2222 regarding schedules, routes and fares. Students can receive a 15% discount on Greyhound fares by purchasing a Student Advantage Card.

By Plane

Gratiot Community Airport – 8 mi., located at 3999 West Seaman Road, between Alma and Ithaca, and offers flight services to business, individual, and freight patrons. It features a 5,000 foot east-west primary runway and a 3,200 foot north-south cross wind runway. The runways handle commercial aircraft and small jets. The facility also provides private charters.

Midland-Bay City-Saginaw International Airport (MBS) – 40 mi.

Capital Region International Airport: Lansing (LAN) – 54 mi.

Bishop International Airport: Flint (FNT) – 80 mi.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport: Grand Rapids (GRR) – 100 mi.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) – 140 mi.

By Train

Amtrak – The closest Amtrak station to Alma is in East Lansing (LNS) – 52 mi.


Where is Scotland, USA? It’s Alma, Michigan!

Where and what is Scotland, USA, you say?… Let me tell you all about Alma – Scotland USA!
In the middle of everything is Alma, Michigan, otherwise referred to as Scotland, USA! That’s what the sign says, that’s what we stick with and that’s what we celebrate! Now is a great time to mention, if you haven’t been to a Highland Festival yet, it’s time you go!

Michigan Festivals: Alma Highland Festival and Games – Alma, Michigan

For as long as I can remember, I looked forward to the time when Alma came alive to the sound of bagpipes. As a child, it wasn’t uncommon to hear a bagpiper practicing off in the distance while playing at the many parks in town. And we were always looking forward to the annual Highland Festival and Games each Memorial Day Weekend!

Glamping in Michigan at Camp Wanders

Michigan Glamping near Mt. Pleasant and Alma Camp Wanders is officially open for glamping in Mid Michigan! After a soft-opening, hosting Michigan Blogger, FromMichiganwithLoveBlog, Camp Wanders has been hosting campers and delighting travelers of all types ever since May of 2021. Read about From Michigan With Love Blogs mid-May camping stay at Camp Wanders! If … Continue reading Glamping in Michigan at Camp Wanders

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