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Monroe sits in the extreme southeastern corner of the state, about halfway between Toledo, Ohio and Detroit. It's the largest city in Monroe County and the county seat. Monroe began as a French settlement in 1780 and quickly developed into what became known as "Frenchtown," which was the third major community in Michigan in the year 1815. In 1817, an American community began along the south side of the river, and was named after James Monroe, the 5th president of the United States. Monroe is also known for being the childhood home of General George Armstrong Custer. His statue, erected by the State of Michigan in 1910, stands downtown by the River Raisin. There are many industries here, including auto-parts manufacturing, metal fabrication, cement, packaging and glass production. Monroe County is Michigan's only county located along the shores of Lake Erie. Boating and fishing are popular in the area and the region features a unique ecology found nowhere else in Michigan, with shallow marshes and inlets that have become a favorite for birdwatchers and duck hunters. Monroe is home to an annual Christmas Tree Festival that runs Wednesday through Sunday during the month of December.

Surrounding areas: Newport, Michigan (7.5 mi), West Branch, Michigan (17.3 mi), Ann Arbor, Michigan (30.3 mi), Detroit, Michigan (33.9 mi)

Monroe Vacation Rentals

Monroe Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Amerihost Inn & Suites Monroe14774 Laplaisance RdMonroe, MI (734) 384-1600
Comfort Inn6500 E AlbainMonroe, MI (734) 384-1500
Hampton Inn1565 N Dixie HwyMonroe, MI (734) 289-5700
Holiday Inn Express1225 N Dixie HwyMonroe, MI (734) 242-6000
Knights Inn - Monroe1250 N Dixie HwyMonroe, MI (734) 243-0597
Super 8 Motel4163 Super 8 DrLuna Pier, MI7.9 mi.(734) 848-8880
Holiday Inn Express Dundee100 White Tail DrDundee, MI13.8 mi.(734) 529-5100
Country Inn & Suites665 Tecumseh StDundee, MI14.3 mi.(734) 529-8822
Days Inn & Suites621 Tecumseh StDundee, MI14.3 mi.(734) 529-5505
Amerihost Inn111 Waterstradt Commerce DrDundee, MI14.5 mi.(734) 529-5240
Sleep Inn29101 Commerce DrFlat Rock, MI14.5 mi.(734) 782-9898
Hampton Inn & Suites5865 Hagman RdToledo, OH14.5 mi.(419) 727-8725
Comfort Inn445 E Alexis RdToledo, OH15.3 mi.(419) 476-0170
Best Western Woodhaven Inn21700 West Rd At I-75Woodhaven, MI17.3 mi.(734) 676-8000
Holiday Inn Express21500 West RdWoodhaven, MI17.4 mi.(734) 362-0933
Econo Lodge Motel10530 Corduroy RdCurtice, OH18.5 mi.(419) 836-2822
Sleep Inn & Suites1230 Dexter StMilan, MI18.9 mi.(734) 439-1400
Park Inn Toledo101 N Summitt StToledo, OH19.2 mi.(419) 241-3000
Wyndham HotelTwo Seagate/summit StToledo, OH19.2 mi.(419) 241-1411
Maumee Bay Resort1750 Park Rd #2Oregon, OH19.4 mi.(419) 836-1466
Sleep Inn & Suites1761 Meijer CirOregon, OH19.4 mi.(419) 697-7800
Promedica Inn2121 HughesToledo, OH19.5 mi.(419) 471-4660
Toledo Riverfront Hotel444 N Summit StToledo, OH19.5 mi.(419) 241-1411
Wyndham Toledo Hotel408 N Summit StToledo, OH19.5 mi.( ) -
Clarion Inn Westgate3650 Secor RdToledo, OH19.6 mi.(419) 535-7070
Comfort Inn East2930 Navarre AveOregon, OH19.7 mi.(419) 691-8911
Holiday Inn Express3154 Navarre AveOregon, OH19.7 mi.(419) 691-8800
Comfort Inn Westgate3560 Secor RdToledo, OH19.8 mi.(419) 531-2666
The Clarion Hotel Toledo3536 Secor RdToledo, OH19.8 mi.(419) 535-7070
Red Roof Inn #1963530 Executive PkwyToledo, OH20.0 mi.(419) 536-0118
Belleville Super 8 Motel45707 S I-94 Service RdBelleville, MI20.4 mi.(734) 699-1888
Comfort Inn-Belleville45945 S I-94 Service DrBelleville, MI20.4 mi.(734) 697-8556
Holiday Inn Express-bellevilleN I-94 Service DrBelleville, MI20.4 mi.(734) 857-6200
Red Roof Inn Detroit Airport45501 N Exprwy Service DrBelleville, MI20.4 mi.(734) 697-2244
Red Roof Inn Detroit Airport/Belleville45501 N I-94 Service DrBelleville, MI20.4 mi.(800) 733-7663
Wingate Inn & Suites Toledo/Sylvania5480 S Main StSylvania, OH21.0 mi.(419) 517-2000
Holiday Inn Metro31200 Industrial ExprwyRomulus, MI21.1 mi.(Inv) ali-dInp
Red Roof Inn Taylor21230 Eureka RdTaylor, MI21.1 mi.(734) 374-1150
Ramada Inn Downriver20777 Eureka RdTaylor, MI21.2 mi.(734) 283-2200
Super 8 Motel - Taylor15101 Huron StTaylor, MI21.2 mi.(313) 283-8830
Bed & Breakfast
Gladstone House Bed & Breakfast2865 GladstoneAnn Arbor, MI28.1 mi.(734) 769-0404

Monroe Weather & Climate

The southeast lower section of Michigan has four seasons and due to its location near Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, it does experience lake effect, such as increased cloudiness during late fall and early winter. Summer precipitation comes in the form of showers and thunderstorms, but seldom are there prolonged periods of extreme heat combined with humidity in southeastern Michigan. The Great Lakes also act as a giant "heat sink," which helps moderate the temperatures of the surrounding land, cooling summers and warming winters. In winter, the lakes act as a natural humidifier, causing an increase in the moisture content in the air, and sometimes along with it, heavier snowfalls. Average snowfall varies greatly from year to year. Michigan is on the fringe of the Midwest tornado belt, but sees less of this activity than other parts of the country.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 17°F 1.83 in. -
February 33°F 18°F 1.74 in. -
March 43°F 26°F 2.68 in. -
April 55°F 36°F 3.25 in. -
May 68°F 49°F 3.15 in. -
June 77°F 58°F 3.61 in. -
July 82°F 63°F 3.00 in. -
August 80°F 61°F 3.46 in. -
September 73°F 53°F 3.01 in. -
October 60°F 42°F 2.36 in. -
November 47°F 32°F 2.82 in. -
December 36°F 23°F 2.53 in. -

Monroe Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Detroit Metro Wayne County airport (DTW) located about 20 miles north of Monroe in Detroit, Michigan, the Willow Run airport (YIP) located approximately 23 miles northwest of Monroe in Detroit, Michigan, Metcalf Field (TDZ) located roughly 24 miles south of Monroe in Toledo, Ohio, and finally the Toledo Express airport (TOL) located around 31 miles southwest of Monroe in Toledo, Ohio.

Monroe Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JeepersLivoniaMI31.3 mi.
JeepersRosevilleMI46.5 mi.
Cedar PointSanduskyOH48.1 mi.
Putt N' Pond Speed ParkFostoriaOH52.5 mi.
JeepersAuburn HillsMI53.9 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN84.8 mi.
Water Parks
Red Oaks WaterparkMadison HeightsMI42.1 mi.
Soak City Water ParkSanduskyOH48.1 mi.
Four Bears Water ParkUticaMI52.5 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI54.3 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI95.5 mi.
Mohican WaterslideLoudonvilleOH107.2 mi.
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI107.6 mi.
Geauga LakeAuroraOH113.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Carrington Golf ClubMonroeMI 
Green Meadows Golf CourseMonroeMI 
Raisin River Golf ClubMonroeMI 
Wyndridge Oaks Golf CourseNewportMI7.7 mi.
Thorne Hills Golf CourseCarletonMI9.2 mi.
Carleton Glen Golf ClubCarletonMI10.8 mi.
Wesburn Golf & Country ClubSouth RockwoodMI12.2 mi.
Bedford Hills Golf ClubTemperanceMI13.1 mi.
Firecreek Golf ClubTemperanceMI13.1 mi.
Giant Oak Golf ClubTemperanceMI13.1 mi.
Dundee Golf ClubDundeeMI13.2 mi.
Lake Erie Metropark Golf CourseRockwoodMI13.4 mi.
Maple Grove Golf ClubLambertvilleMI15.7 mi.
Deme Acres Golf CoursePetersburgMI16.1 mi.
Tamaron Country ClubToledoOH16.7 mi.
Willow Metropark Golf CourseNew BostonMI16.8 mi.
Rolling Hills Golf CourseMilanMI18.4 mi.
Collins Park Golf CourseToledoOH19.4 mi.
Detwiler Golf ClubToledoOH19.4 mi.
Ottawa Park Golf CourseToledoOH19.4 mi.
South Toledo Golf ClubToledoOH19.4 mi.
Eagles LandingOregonOH19.6 mi.
Harbour Club Golf CourseBellevilleMI20.1 mi.
Cherrywood Golf ClubOttawa LakeMI20.9 mi.
Legacy Golf ClubOttawa LakeMI20.9 mi.
Whiteford Valley Golf ClubOttawa LakeMI20.9 mi.
Gateway Golf ClubRomulusMI21.0 mi.
Shady Hollow Golf ClubRomulusMI21.0 mi.
Woodside Meadows Golf CourseRomulusMI21.0 mi.
Chippewa Golf ClubCurticeOH21.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI54.2 mi.
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH92.2 mi.
Alpine ValleyChesterlandOH109.7 mi.
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH110.0 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI117.1 mi.
State Parks
Sterling State ParkMI3.5 mi. 
Maumee Bay State ParkOH16.4 mi. 
Crane Creek State ParkOH23.9 mi. 
South Bass Island State ParkOH34.9 mi. 
Catawba Island State ParkOH37.0 mi. 
Pfizer State ParkOH38.0 mi. 
Hayes State ParkMI38.9 mi. 
East Harbor State ParkOH39.9 mi. 
Monroe County Historical MuseumMonroeMI(History)
Toledo's AtticToledoOH19.2 mi.(History)
Toledo Museum of ArtToledoOH19.2 mi.(Art)
Wyandotte MuseumWyandotteMI24.2 mi.(History)
Sindecuse Museum of DentistryAnn ArborMI29.7 mi.(History)
Plymouth Historical MuseumPlymouthMI31.7 mi.(History)
Detroit Science CenterDetroitMI33.9 mi.(Science)
Detroit Institute of ArtsDetroitMI33.9 mi.(Art)
Detroit Historical MuseumDetroitMI33.9 mi.(History)
Dossin Great Lakes MuseumDetroitMI33.9 mi.(History)
Cranbrook Art MuseumBloomfield HillsMI46.8 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Merry-Go-Round MuseumSanduskyOH48.1 mi.(History)
Historic Lyme VillageBellevueOH52.9 mi.(History)
Meadow Brook HallRochesterMI54.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH19.2 mi.
Detroit Zoological ParkDetroitMI33.9 mi.
African Safari Wildlife ParkPort ClintonOH36.7 mi.
Belle Isle AquariumRoyal OakMI41.7 mi.
Belle Isle ZooRoyal OakMI41.7 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI81.7 mi.
Cleveland Metroparks ZooClevelandOH92.4 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI95.5 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN104.7 mi.
Akron Zoological ParkAkronOH113.1 mi.
Sea World of AuroraAuroraOH113.8 mi.

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