A view of the city skyline from the Detroit River
Enthralling underwater discoveries at the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium in nearby Auburn Hills
Campus Martius Park, a favorite downtown gathering place for all seasons
Browsing public art installations at The Belt district in the heart of downtown
Outdoor Adventure Center in the historic Globe Building on the downtown riverfront
Pouring an artisan ale at the Jolly Pumpkin Detroit Pizzeria & Brewery
Showcasing Diego Rivera artwork in Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts
Sunny day cycling through the Rivard Plaza waterfront park and gardens
Classic Coney Island-style hot dogs served at American Coney Island, open since 1917
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Detroit: This great Midwestern city is better than ever
Where Culture Thrives
From chart-topping musicians to distinctive museums, Detroit’s cultural scene is at its prime. Take in a Broadway production at the historic Fox Theatre or Fisher Theatre, see your favorite band play at the Detroit Masonic Temple, or watch a classical performance at the opulent Detroit Opera House. Fine-art seekers will be impressed by the Detroit Institute of Arts, whose 66,000-object collection is in the top six in the USA. See the world’s largest African-American historical collection at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History or the only museum dedicated to the Arab-American experience at the Arab American National Museum. Detroit’s downtown teems with unique architecture and monuments. Take a self-guided or group tour for a history lesson and great photo ops.
Legacies that Matter
At the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, a diverse group of artifacts and exhibits – including the Rosa Parks bus and John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine – showcase U.S. grit, innovation and invention. Don’t miss the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, a working vehicle assembly line for the F-150 pickup truck. To further appreciate the legacy of Michigan native Henry Ford, you can walk the well-worn floors of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. It retains many of its original features since it functioned as the assembly plant for the Ford Model T. Detroit has a rich musical history as well. Visit the Motown Museum, also called Hitsville U.S.A., to see the instruments and recording equipment used by iconic names such as Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and The Supremes. And as the birthplace of Techno, Detroit hosts Movement, an annual electronic dance music festival.
How Locals Eat, Drink and Have Fun
Professional hockey, football, basketball and baseball are an integral part of the Detroit character. With the new Little Casers Arena in District Detroit, a 50-block sports-and-entertainment district under development, all four sports teams’ home venues are within walking distance of each other. Explore the eclectic promenade of entertainment and outdoor recreation along the RiverWalk fronting the Detroit River. In the summer, downtown’s Campus Martius Park transforms into an urban beach and serves as an events epicenter the rest of the year. The aquarium, conservatory, museum and beach at Belle Isle Park in the Detroit River are great for nature and outdoor activities. Ride the QLine streetcar or rent a bike through MoGo, Detroit’s bike share program, to see it all. Feeling hungry yet? National Geographic named Detroit one of its “6 Unexpected Cities for Food Lovers.” Sample fine dining, food cart fare and international cuisine; wash it down with an ever-expanding selection of local craft beer.