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Detroit earned the nicknames “Motown” and “Motor City” back when it was at the heart of a booming automotive industry. Over the years the city built a reputation as a cultural and manufacturing powerhouse and its powerful legacy is celebrated today.
Spend time among the Detroit Institute of Art’s formidable collection. European and American masterpieces adorn its walls and the collection of Asian and Middle Eastern artifacts will keep anthropology fans rapt.
Explore the revitalization of Downtown Detroit and admire the city’s architecture as you wander through the Eastern Market, Detroit’s artisan and farmers’ markets. Food lovers will enjoy the gourmet meats and fresh produce.
Leave the crowds behind and go to the 982-acre (397-hectare) Belle Isle Park. There are sporting facilities, spaces for barbecues and picnics and a number of stunning historic buildings. You’ll also get a great view of the downtown skyline, dominated by the GM Renaissance Center.
Travel back in time to some of the greatest minds that have changed the modern world at Greenfield Village in the Henry Ford Museum. Walk through Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park to see where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, and learn about famed automobile manufacturer Henry Ford. For a look at Detroit’s contribution to the music industry, visit the Motown Museum. It’ll take you back to the days when Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson were recording hits in the studio.
Kids will love the Michigan Science Center. With dozens of hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Theater and a planetarium, it’s a great place to spend a whole day. At the Detroit Zoo, see the largest polar bear exhibit in the country and pet red kangaroos.
For a night-time treat, go for a drink at the two-story restaurant atop the GM Renaissance Center, then take in a show at the Detroit Opera House. A masterfully refurbished old building, it hosts everything from Broadway productions to classical music concerts.
Detroit’s fortunes took a downward turn when in 2013 its government filed for bankruptcy. Its strong identity means the city has been quick to recover and the revival of its cultural and historic districts is well underway.
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Two upmarket places in Detroit are the MGM Grand Detroit, at 1777 3rd Street, and The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, located at 1114 Washington Blvd. If those don't appeal, why not check out the Comfort Inn & Suites Ambassador Bridge, at 2330 Huron Church Rd, and the Comfort Inn Windsor, at 2955 Dougall Ave, two of the cheaper options in town.
MotorCity Casino Hotel offers an entertainment hotspot and base on the edge of downtown Detroit. For concerts, shows, and sporting events, guests can drive 5 minutes to Ford Field, Fox Theater, and Detroit Opera House. It's also 5 minutes by car to GM Renaissance Center, for dining and shopping.
This family-friendly Windsor hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Detroit Windsor Tunnel, University of Windsor, and Ambassador Bridge. Belle Isle Aquarium and Belle Isle are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Greektown Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old St. Mary's Church and Ford Field. GM Renaissance Center and Comerica Park are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Windsor, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Detroit Windsor Tunnel, Ambassador Bridge, and University of Windsor. GM Renaissance Center and Ford Field are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Windsor, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Detroit Windsor Tunnel and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ambassador Bridge and University of Windsor. GM Renaissance Center and Ford Field are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Romulus, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Gateway Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Heritage Park and Westland Center. Henry Ford Museum and Automotive Hall of Fame are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Gateway Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Heritage Park and Southland Center. Henry Ford Museum and Westland Center are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Moross House, GM Renaissance Center, and Belle Isle. Ford Field and Comerica Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).