Detroit may have a nefarious reputation, but in every cloud there's a silver lining. Here are some necessary stops to make along the way if you're on your way to the Motor City.
1. Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit may be famous for it's automobiles, but it also boasts one of the best art collections in the world. With a breathtaking collection of over 65,000 pieces, the museum is home to everything from tribal masks to Renaissance masterworks. Located at 5200 Woodward Avenue, it is open from Tuesdays to Thursdays at 9 AM to 4 PM, Fridays at 9 AM to 10 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM.
2. Belle Isle
An island in the Detroit River between U.S. and Canada, Belle Isle is a prime vacationing spot. The island provides an incredible view of both downtown Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, and is home to a zoo and a private yacht club. Getting there is as simple as crossing the MacArthur Bridge, 3 miles east of downtown Detroit.
3. Ford Rouge Factory Tour and Dearborn
A trip to Detroit is never complete without taking the Ford Rouge Factory Tour in Dearborn, 20 minutes drive away from the city itself. In addition to the Ford assembly line, an exhibit of classic cars is also part of the package. For details on tickets and tour times, check out the the landmark's website.
But of course, no trip to Detroit is complete without making a visit to these landmarks around the city!
1. Motwon Historical Museum
A homage to Detroit's music history, the Motown Historical Museum located at 2648 West Grand Boulevard is home to not only their first recording studio, but also one of Michael Jackson's hats. With such names as Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross attached to Motown, this museum is definitely a sight to behold.
2. The Fisher Building
The Fisher Building was meant to be to Detroit what the Eiffel Tower represents to Paris, but then came the Great Depression. Today, the Fisher Building is home to numerous restaurants, shops, cafes, and the Fisher Theater where regular stage shows occur. With an incredible ornate ceiling above it all, the building is well worth the visit, at 3011 West Grand Boulevard.
3. Michigan Central Station
Michigan Central Station can be considered symbolic of the city itself; a grand, imposing edifice now reduced to an abandoned wreck, graffitied and derelict. And yet it is an important local sight, often appearing in Hollywood movies, most recently Transformers. Admission is impossible, but a trip to 2405 West Vernor Highway is well worth it to see this building.