Arguably, no other city in the United States has seen the highest of the highs and lowest of the lows than Detroit. From the birthplace of the United States vehicle industry to a recent bankruptcy, Detroit has had its fair share of monumental events. Nicknamed the “Motor City,” Detroit is the largest city in Michigan and home to a plethora of tourism options that encompass museums, world-class restaurants, diverse neighborhoods, a growing art culture, and live music.
The metro Detroit area is divided into a variety of neighborhoods but in general it is divided into five destination districts that are well suited for tourism: Dearborn/Wayne, Downtown Detroit, Greater Novi, Macomb, and Oakland.
Dearborn/Wayne is the birthplace of Henry Ford and here visitors will find a great deal of art, culture, and dining establishments. This district houses institutions such as the Automotive Hall of Fame (learn about the pioneers of the global auto industry), the Arab American National Museum (the only museum in the United States dedicated to highlighting the contributions of Arab Americans), and The Henry Ford Museum (museum dedicated to the man himself).
Downtown Detroit is Detroit’s most cosmopolitan area as it the city’s international border to Canada and has a beautiful riverfront. Highlights of Downtown include the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Renaissance Center (shopping complex which is also the home of General Motors), Detroit Historical Museum, Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers), Ford Field (home of the Detroit Lions), Cobo Center, and the Philip A. Hart Plaza (home to Jazz Fest).
Greater Novi is known for its shopping, quaint and historical downtown, as well as its fine dining experience. Highlights of the destination include Twelve Oaks Mall (shopping mall with nearly 200 stores, services, and restaurants), Palace Sports & Entertainment (home of the Detroit Pistons), and The Holocaust Memorial Center.
Macomb houses miles and miles of shoreline so this district is all about aquatic activities. Visitors can rent a boat and go fishing or spend the day swimming and their evenings dining at one of the many dining establishments. Other highlights include Freedom Hill Amphitheatre (live music venue) and the Macomb Center For The Performing Arts.
Oakland is a suburb of Detroit is known for the Detroit Zoo and its lively downtown area.
Metro Detroit has over 40,000 hotel rooms available for visitors as well as other types of accommodations such as vacation rentals, bed and breakfast establishments, motels, luxury hotels, and not so luxury hotels. Whether visitors opt for a sophisticated, luxurious stay or a more laid back stay, Detroit has the appropriate accommodation.
Michigan has long been known as being one of the most beautiful and picturesque states of the United States and visitors can take fantastic day trips from Detroit. Located about 40 miles southeast of Detroit, visitors can head to Point Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada (bring your passport) and bask in a day of nature and a beautiful lake. Located about 140 miles west of Detroit, visitors can visit Kalamazoo, which is a haven for foodies and beer brewery fanatics. Located about 160 miles of Detroit, visitors will find the beautiful city of Grand Rapids, which is the home of Founder’s Beer and is also a haven for good food.
It is dubbed the “Motor City” but if visitors opt to not rent a vehicle, Detroit has an extensive bus transportation system as well as its well known People Mover which is an elevated light rail route which operates in a circle around the central business district of Downtown Detroit.
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