Vernor's Ginger Ale, created by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, shares the distinction as America's oldest softdrink with Hire's Rootbeer. A local favorite, Detroiters pour Vernor's over ice cream. Also try Faygo soft drinks, another former Detroit based soft drink company. Detroiters enjoy Michigan Wines[http://www.michiganwines.com/]. A family of GM heritage, the Fisher family Coach Wines are served at the Coach Insignia Restaurant atop the GM Renaissance Center.
Vernor's Ginger Ale, created by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, shares the distinction as America's oldest softdrink with Hire's Rootbeer. A local favorite, Detroiters pour Vernor's over ice cream. Also try Faygo soft drinks, another former Detroit based soft drink company. Detroiters enjoy Michigan Wines[http://www.michiganwines.com/]. A family of GM heritage, the Fisher family Coach Wines are served at the Coach Insignia Restaurant atop the GM Renaissance Center.
*'''Bleu Room Experience''' [http://www.bleudetroit.com/] 1540 Woodward Ave., Detroit. High tech nightclub, gay friendly, live music, large dance floor, VIP lounge.
*'''Bleu Room Experience''' [http://www.bleudetroit.com/] 1540 Woodward Ave. High tech nightclub, gay friendly, live music, large dance floor, VIP lounge.
*'''GiGi's''' [http://www.gigisbar.com/] 16920 W. Warren, Detroit. Gay Bar, don't loiter in the parking lot or you might get mugged. Try Ferndale but those will most likely be more expensive. 313.584.6525
*'''GiGi's''' [http://www.gigisbar.com/] 16920 W. Warren. Gay Bar, don't loiter in the parking lot or you might get mugged. Try Ferndale but those will most likely be more expensive. 313.584.6525
*'''Jacoby's German Biergarten''', 624 Brush, Near Greektown, [http://www.jacobysdetroit.com/index.html]. Jacoby's is Detroit's oldest saloon and restaurant since 1904.
*'''Jacoby's German Biergarten''', 624 Brush, Greektown, [http://www.jacobysdetroit.com/index.html]. Jacoby's is Detroit's oldest saloon and restaurant since 1904.
*'''Leland City Club''' [http://www.lelandcityclub.net/home.php] 400 Bagley St., Detroit. Nightclub with Techno and Alternative Rock.
*'''Leland City Club''' [http://www.lelandcityclub.net/home.php] 400 Bagley St. Nightclub with Techno and Alternative Rock.
*'''MGM Grand Detroit'''[http://www.mgmgranddetroit.com/] 177 Third St., Detroit. Live entertainment and dancing in a world class venue.
*'''MGM Grand Detroit'''[http://www.mgmgranddetroit.com/] 177 Third St. Live entertainment and dancing in a world class venue.
*'''Motor City Casino Resort,''' [http://www.motorcitycasino.com/mcc/] Grand River, Detroit. '''Amnesia''' nightclub, top floor.
*'''Motor City Casino Resort,''' [http://www.motorcitycasino.com/mcc/] Grand River. '''Amnesia''' nightclub, top floor.
*'''St. Andrews Hall''' [http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVenue/venueId/1776] 431 E. Congress, Detroit. Premier historic nightclub, three levels with live music, Techno, Alternative, Hip-Hop.
*'''St. Andrews Hall''' [http://www.livenation.com/venue/getVenue/venueId/1776] 431 E. Congress. Premier historic nightclub, three levels with live music, Techno, Alternative, Hip-Hop.
*'''Tom's Oyster Bar''' [http://www.tomsoysterbar.com/] 519 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Also locations in St. Clair Shores, Royal Oak, and Rochester Hills. Upscale, a local favorite, full menu.
*'''Tom's Oyster Bar''' [http://www.tomsoysterbar.com/] 519 E. Jefferson Ave. Also locations in St. Clair Shores, Royal Oak, and Rochester Hills. Upscale, a local favorite, full menu.
*'''Town Pump Tavern'''[http://www.thetownpumptavern.com/] 100 W. Montcalm, Detroit. This local favorite is an upscale Detroit pub behind the Fox Theatre.
*'''Town Pump Tavern'''[http://www.thetownpumptavern.com/] 100 W. Montcalm. This local favorite is an upscale Detroit pub behind the Fox Theatre.
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Detroit city skyline
Detroit,  a major metropolis in the state of Michigan, has significantly influenced the world, from the advent of the automotive assembly line, to the Motown sound, to modern techno & rock acts, Detroit continues to shape American and global culture. The Detroit area is bustling with new developments and attractions which complement its world class museums and theaters. Metro Detroit offers myriad things to see and do, an exciting travel destination filled with technological advance and historic charm.
Detroit is the largest city and metro region in the U.S. to offer casino resorts. The four major casino resorts include MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown, MotorCity, and Caesars Windsor which is just across the river in Canada. Detroit Metro Airport is one of the few to offer world class hotel and meeting facilities inside the terminal. The Renaissance Center and the Southfield Town Center are among the nation's finest mixed use facilities for large conferences. Downtown Detroit serves as the cultural and entertainment hub of the metropolitan region, Windsor, Ontario, and even for Toledo, Ohio residents, many of whom work in metropolitan Detroit. While there are many things to see and do in Detroit, from sporting events to world class museums and theatre, tourists may find that certain amenities such as major shopping venues are currently more spread out into the suburbs than those in Chicago or New York. The Detroit-Windsor metro area population totals about 5.9 million; it jumps to 6.5 million if Toledo is included. An estimated 46 million people live within a 300 mile (480 km) radius of Detroit. The city's northern inner ring suburbs like Ferndale, Southfield, Royal Oak, and Birmingham provide an urban experience in the suburbs complete with dining, shopping and other attractions. The Detroit area has many regal mansions especially in Grosse Pointe, Bloomfield Hills, and Birmingham. Troy and Livonia provide the best of American suburbia while Ann Arbor provides the nearby experience of a world renowned college town.
Metropolitan Detroit is an international destination for sporting events of all types; patrons enjoy their experience in world class venues. The Detroit Convention and Visitors bureau maintains the Detroit Metro Sports Commission. The city and region have state of the art facilities for major conferences and conventions.
Detroit is known as the world's "Automobile Capital" and "Motown" (for "Motor Town"), the city where Henry Ford pioneered the automotive assembly line, with the world's first mass produced car, the Model T. During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt called Detroit, the "Arsenal of Democracy." Today, the region serves as the global center for the automotive world. Headquartered in metro Detroit, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler all have major corporate, manufacturing, engineering, design, and research facilities in the area. Hyundai, Toyota, Nissan, among others, have a presence in the region. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is a global leader in research and development. Metro Detroit has made Michigan's economy a leader in information technology, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing. Michigan ranks fourth nationally in high tech employment with 568,000 high tech workers, including 70,000 in the automotive industry. Michigan typically ranks among the top three states for overall Research & Development investment expenditures in the U.S. The domestic Auto Industry accounts directly and indirectly for one of every ten jobs in the U.S.
Downtown Detroit is unique -- an International Riverfront, ornate buildings, sculptures, fountains, the nation's second largest theater district, and one of the nation's largest collection of pre-depression era skyscrapers. Two major traffic circles along Woodward Avenue surround Campus Martius Park and Grand Circus Park, both gathering points. The city has ample parking much of it in garages. Many historic buildings have been converted into loft apartments, and over sixty new businesses have opened in the Central Business District over the past two years. Downtown Detroit features the Renaissance Center, including the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, the Detroit Marriott, with the largest rooftop restaurant, the Coach Insignia. Many restaurants emanate from the Renaissance Center, Greektown, the arts and theatre district, and stadium area. Joining the east riverfront parks, the city has the 982-acre (3.9 km²; 2.42 sq mi) Belle Isle Park with the large James Scott Memorial Fountain, historic conservatory, gardens, and spectacular views of the city skyline. Visitors may reserve a public dock downtown at the Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor. Great Lakes Cruises are also available. Surrounding neighborhoods such as Corktown, home to Detroit's early Irish population, New Center, Midtown, and Eastern Market (the nation's largest open air market), are experiencing a revival. Detroit has a rich architectural heritage, from the restoration of the historic Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel downtown to the Westin Detroit Hotel surrounded by the golden towers of the ulta-contemporary Southfield Town Center. In 2005, Detroit's architecture was heralded as some of America's finest; many of the city's architecturally significant buildings are listed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as among America's most endangered landmarks.
Detroit is bordered to the south by the Detroit River, which divides the U.S. and Canada (Detroit is the only place in the continental U.S. where you have to go south to enter Canada!). Downtown is located on and near the riverfront, so the rest of the city expands north, east, and west from downtown. The Cultural Center, home to most of the city's museums, is just north of downtown, along Woodward Ave.
Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is in Romulus, about 20 minutes west of the city proper, located at the junction between I-275 and I-94 with many nearby hotels. The airport is a major Northwest hub (expected to be a major Delta hub) and operational headquarters, so it offers direct flights to and from a surprising variety of cities, from Seattle to Osaka. The terminal offers World Clubs as well as a Westin Hotel and conference center. The massive, recently completed midfield McNamara Terminal serves Northwest, Continental, Delta, and major international carriers; All other carriers utilize the Smith and Barry Terminals, soon to relocate to the new North Terminal. For convenience, the McNamara Terminal has both domestic and international gates in the same terminal. An enclosed light rail system shuttles travelers in the McNamara Terminal. There is a free shuttle between the terminals – look for blue and white vans that say "Westin - Terminal." The airport is one of the most recently modernized in the U.S. with six major runways.
The quickest way to get to downtown Detroit is to rent a car or take a taxi-cab. Standard cab fare to downtown is $45-$50. You can also get to Detroit using the SMART (suburban) mass transit bus system . Route 125 serves the airport approximately every half hour, beginning alternately at the Smith and McNamara terminals (no bus serves both terminals), and takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to get downtown. The fare is $1.50. Familiarize yourself with the route map and schedule before you try this – it is more commonly used by workers at the airport than tourists.
Several interstates converge in downtown Detroit. I-75 North/South runs from Toledo through downtown Detroit to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I-94 runs East/West from Chicago to Detroit and continues up to Sarnia. I-96 East/West heads from Detroit to Lansing, Michigan. I-696 runs along the northern edge of the city, connecting the eastern suburbs (e.g. St. Clair Shores) to Southfield. I-275 connects with the suburb of Livonia. Some Detroiters refer to the Interstates which converge to encircle the downtown/stadium area as the mixing bowl. Highways M-10, M-14, M-23, and M-39 are major freeways which interconnect with the Interstates in the Detroit metro area to ease navigation. Highway M-39, called the Southfield Freeway, connects Dearborn to Southfield. Highway M-10, called the Lodge Freeway, connects Southfield to downtown. Highway M-14 connects Ann Arbor to Detroit via I-96. Bypassing Ann Arbor, highway M-23 connects I-94 to I-96.
The metro area's major Interstates and freeways were overhauled in preparation the 2006 National Football League Super Bowl XL in Detroit and are in good condition.
As with any major city, traffic during rush hour can make travel really slow. This is especially aggravated during shift changes at the local automotive plants.
For smaller streets, the Detroit area is laid out in wheel-and-spoke, grid, and strip-farm configuration. This was due to first French development (strip farms along the river), early city layout (wheel and spoke from the river's edge), followed by the modern North/South grid. Mile roads run east-west, starting at downtown Detroit and increasing as you travel north. These mile roads may change name in different cities, so pay attention. There are also several spoke roads, including Woodward Ave, Michigan Ave, Gratiot Ave, and Grand River Ave. Only in the old downtown business district is the original Washington D.C./L'enfant style wheel and spoke layout found (it is quite confusing, with several one-way streets added for fun). In areas along the River and Lake St. Clair, the colonial-era French practice of allocating strips of land with water access is seen as main roads parallel the water, and secondary roads perpendicular to it. This is very confusing to non-residents.
Greyhound. Service west to Chicago (5-8 hours, $35) , east to Toronto (5-6 hours), and south to Toledo (1 hour, $15), as well as all over Michigan. The terminal is near downtown at 1001 Howard St..
Megabus. Discount bus service to and from Chicago (6 hours, $1-$25), with connections at Chicago to many midwestern cities. Part of the reason why it's so cheap is that there is no terminal – the bus simply stops at a street corner, either Cass and Warren, near Wayne State University and the museum/cultural district, or on Park Avenue at the Grand Circus Park People Mover station.
Amtrak. Train service to and from Chicago on the "Wolverine" route (5-6 hours, $25-$50), with many connections in Chicago. Deeply discounted tickets at short notice are often available at Amtrak's Weekly Specials page . For travel to the east, a bus connection is available to the Toledo Amtrak station, with trains to New York (21 hours, $75-$150) and Washington, D.C. (16 hours, $65-$130), but travellers may find the middle-of-the-night departures unappealing. The train station is conveniently located at 11 W. Baltimore at the corner of Woodward Ave., in the museum/cultural district north of downtown.
Detroit's street layout is truly unique, combining wheel-and-spoke, grid, and strip-farm (near the River) layouts. Six major spoke roads radiate out from downtown; they are, in clockwise order, Fort Street, Michigan Avenue, Grand River Avenue, Woodward Avenue, Gratiot Avenue, and Jefferson Avenue. Woodward Avenue runs north-south (more or less) and divides Detroit into east and west; West Warren Street, for instance, becomes East Warren Street when it crosses Woodward. Smaller streets generally conform to a strict grid pattern, although the orientation of the grid and the size and shape of blocks frequently varies to fit better with the spoke roads. Downtown, the layout abandons the grid design, with the spoke roads converging in a confusing but oddly logical arrangement of diagonal, mostly one-way streets.
Detroit and its suburbs spread over a large area, and getting around may prove to be difficult without a car. Nonetheless, an extensive highway system and ample parking make the region one of the most auto-friendly in North America. Detroit has one of America's most modern freeway systems. See the Michigan Department of Transportation website for a current listing of downtown road closures and construction projects. Downtown has parking garages in strategic locations.
Visitors are welcome to pay to park at the Renaissance Center garage, shop, dine, and tour the city on the People Mover elevated rail. There are plenty of pay-to-park garages, lots, and valet near the Greektown/stadium areas. Premium parking right next to the stadium is well worth the extra price and usually available during a game. Downtown has an ease of entry from the freeways which may surprise new vistors. Valet parking is available at four Renaissance Center locations, the main Winter Garden entrance along the Riverfront, the Jefferson Ave. lobby, Marriott hotel entrance west, and Seldom Blues entrance west.
Detroit has an abundance of taxi, limo, and shuttle services. Car rental prices are reasonable. Ask your auto insurance agent for a complimentary Canadian insurance ID card, if you plan to drive to Windsor. When buying extra rental car insurance, you can ask for coverage to drive in Windsor. A passport or birth certificate is currently required to cross the border.
On foot or by bicycle
A car is helpful for getting around the rest of the city, but due to the unusual layout and large number of one-way streets, getting out and walking for a few blocks is a good way to see downtown. Bike rentals are available in downtown Detroit along the International Riverfront at Rivard Plaza from Wheelhouse. Downtown and the riverfront are usually bustling with visitors.
The Detroit Department of Transportation provides mass transit bus service within the city of Detroit. Downtown has a the new Rosa Parks Transit Center. DDOT buses are yellow and green. For safety, DDOT buses may be patrolled by the Wayne County sheriff's deputies. 17 routes serve the central bus terminal, which is downtown at Griswold and Shelby streets. Standard fare $1.50, transfer $.25.
SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation)  is a mass transit bus system that serves the entire Detroit area. SMART buses are white with red and orange stripes. Note that you are not supposed to use SMART to get around Detroit – if you get on the bus in Detroit, you must ride it to the suburbs. Standard fare $1.50, transfer $.25. SMART and DDOT honor each other's transfers.
Transit Windsor operates the "Tunnel Bus", which connects downtown Detroit with downtown Windsor. Standard fare $2.75. You must have approved ID and consider that this service does not run late at night. Some downtown hotels may offer shuttles to Windsor. Currently, a passport or birth certificate may be required to cross the border.
By elevated rail
Completed in 1987, the People Mover is a fully automated, elevated rail system that runs a three mile loop in the downtown area. A round trip excursion, covering thirteen stations, takes approximately 15 minutes and offers great views of the city's downtown landmarks. Signature stops include the Renaissance Center (GM HQ & Retail Complex), Greektown, Joe Louis Arena (Home of the Detroit Red Wings), Cobo (Convention) Center, and Cadillac Center (Campus Martius Park). The stations feature original works by local artists. Standard fare $.50.
The Detroit's area's most revered historic mansions, neighborhoods, landmarks, and museums.
Berry Gordy House, West Boston Boulevard at Third Avenue in the Boston-Edison neighborhood, .
Cranbrook House and Gardens, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, . Public tours. Cranbrook House is part of the Cranbrook Kingswood Educational Community. The house belonged to the Booth Family, who founded the Cranbrook and Kingswood schools in the early 1900s. The house is currently used as an administrative office for the school. The gardens are extensive and open all year.
David Whitney House, 4421 Woodward Ave., . Now a fine restaurant.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe, . Public tours. This tour is highly recommended for first time visitors.
Grosse Pointe Historical Society, . Historic sites and homes.
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, (Russell Alger Mansion), 32 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms,. Public tours.
Henry Ford Estate, Dearborn. Often referred to as "Fairlane." Public tours.
Colonel Frank Hecker House, 5510 Woodward Ave., . Offices.
Meadow Brook Hall Rochester. Dodge House, located near Oakland University. Public tours.
Lawrence P. Fisher Mansion, 383 Lenox Ave., . Public tours.
Palmer Woods Historic District, . A private historic neighborhood in the city of Detroit west of Woodward Ave. and north of Palmer Park.
Belle Isle the nation's largest island park with 982 acres (3.9 km²; 2.42 sq mi) designed by Frederick Olmstead, the beautiful James Scott Fountain designed by Cass Gilbert, the world's largest marble light house, a public beach, waterslide, playgrounds, tennis courts, sports fields, a nine hole golf course and picnic areas. The Belle Isle Conservatory, the nation's oldest, houses one of the largest orchid collections, originally donated by Anna Scripps, who had preserved orchid species from the bombing of Britain during World War II.
Book Cadillac Hotel
Cadillac Place State offices across from the Fisher Building in the historic New Center.
Matthai Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor.
Michigan Central Station Awaiting restoration.
Monuments of the City of Detroit, including Marshall Fredericks "The Spirit of Detroit" in front of the City-County Building, and the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument of the Civil War in Campus Martius Park.
NextEnergy Center 461 Burroughs. A center to develop hydrogen fuel cells and energy alternatives at Wayne State University's Tech Town.
Old Mariner's Church of Detroit, 170 E. Jefferson,. The city's oldest gothic stone church.
Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, 313-833-7900, . M,Tu closed. W-Th 10AM–5PM; F 10AM-10PM; Sa,Su 10AM–6PM. Designed by Cass Gilbert. Visitors may dine at the delightful cafe inside the museum on the lower level. One of the top ranked art collections in America, this is a "must see."
Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave., .
Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave. Beautiful, designed by Cass Gilbert.
Detroit Science Center & IMAX Theater, 5020 John R., . Next to the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum, . 100 Strand, Belle Isle.
GM Heritage Collection, 6400 Center Dr., Sterling Heights.
GM World, Automotive display inside the Renaissance Center.
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, . (Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village with an IMAX Theater) This is a "must see". A massive historical and entertainment complex, a leading attraction with a keen focus on innovations. Highlights include: Lincoln's chair, Rosa Park's bus, JFK's limos, original historic structures, nice shops, great food, and, not surprisingly, a spectacular history of the automobile collection that is a football field long. Visitors may have many entertaining experiences such as mini-shows, music, parades, train rides, and Model "T" rides.
Motown Historical Museum, Hitsville USA, 2648 West Grand Boulevard, 875-2264 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), . Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM. The Motown Museum preserves the legacy of Motown Records, the record label that put Detroit on the world's music map. Located in label founder Berry Gordy, Jr.'s old home, the museum is hard to miss: Gordy's "Hitsville, USA" sign is still over the front door. $8.
Motorsports Museum & Hall of Fame of America, Novi, .
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Phone: (313) 832-6622, .
Pewabic Pottery Museum, 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Phone: (313) 822-0954, .
Rearview Mirror from the Detroit News. History of Detroit online.
Selfridge Military Air Museum. Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mt. Clemens.
Underground Railroad at the First Congregational Church of Detroit, 33 E. Forest at Woodward Ave., Phone: (313) 831-4080, .
Baker's Keyboard Lounge, . The world's oldest jazz club.
Bohemian National Home, 3009 Tillman, . Free Jazz, Free improvisation & Indie/DIY music venue. All-ages venue.
Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts, 250 Madison Ave., Phone (313) 963-2366.
Noise Music Scene, . This is a bulletin board run by Michigan noise label Chondritic Sound that lists underground noise music shows. Michigan has a thriving noise scene thanks to popular Ann Arbor band Wolf Eyes. Most shows are 5 dollars and BYOB.
Painted Lady Lounge,  Bar in Hamtramack just outside of Detroit, all-ages shows and is a smoking venue.
Plowshares Theater. Inside Charles Wright Museum of African American History.
Paycheck's Lounge, . Bar & Alternative Music Venue, in Hamtramack just outside of Detroit.
Scrummage University, 17499 Van Dyke RD., . Friendly all-ages Independent Music Venue & Artspace. Most shows are 5 dollars and are BYOB.
Seldom Blues, . An upscale restaurant featuring live Jazz inside the Renaissance Center.
Trumbullplex, . Anarchist Punk showspace, BYOB. All-ages venue. Potlucks on Thursday.
UFO Factory, . Intimate Independent Music venue & Artspace. 1345 Division St, Detroit. Most shows are 5 dollars amd are BYOB. All-ages venue. Idiosyncratic Michigander Warn Defever has his hand in curating events, he is known for the band His Name Is Alive.
Beaches, Canoeing, Kayaking, and more Metro Detroit's popular destinations include Metropolitan Beach in St. Clair Shores, Stony Creek Beach, and Kensington Beach. Detroit's Huron Clinton Metro Park sytem is a great source of fun. Enjoy canoe trips on the Huron River .
Car Racing at Flat Rock Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Milan Dragway, and Waterford Hills Race Track.
Casinos The four major casinos include, MGM Grand Detroit, Motor City and Greektown, and Casino Windsor. Check for performances.
CityFest Detroit. A food festival sponsored by Comerica. Traditionally held around July 4th in the New Center area near the Fisher Building.
Concerts, and more Detroit is the birthplace of American electro/techno music, with Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick Mays all hailing from the area. Although other cities around the world have picked up Detroit's torch and carried it further in some ways, Detroit is still a great place to dance and see the masters at work.
Cruise Ships, the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition The Dock of Detroit receives major cruise lines on the Great Lakes. Adjacent to the Renaissance Center on Hart Plaza. Chartered tours are also available. Take a cruise.
Dally in the Alley An annual festival of live music, visual arts, performance, food and beer that takes place in the alleys of the Cass Corridor, the weekend after Labor Day.
Dave & Busters 45511 Park Avenue, Utica.(586)930-1515. Famous high quality entertainment arcade with food and fun. The food here is not highly recommended. (Minors need an adult, up to four minors may be accompanied by one adult).
Detroit Golf Club 17911 Hamilton Road, Detroit.(313) 345-4400.
Detroit International Jazz Festival Labor Day weekend.
Detroit's Night Life includes a multitude of clubs throughout the metropolitan area.
Detroit's Vibrant, Underground Arts Scene Detroit is home to over 80 galleries, with artists hailing from around the world. Artists are attracted to Detroit due to its abundance of raw, under-utilized industrial space and its inspiring environment of pre-depression era buildings. Detroit's public information campaign, "The World is Coming, Get in the Game" features an online tour of this arts scene.
Detroit's Music Scene The Detroit sound is the sound of the world. It is shaped by Detroit's unique past, its cultural diversity, its energy and its future. Detroit's public information campaign, "The World is Coming, Get in the Game" features an online tour of this music scene. Keep in mind that unlike some cities, there is no central entertainment district (Greektown only partially counts) and many up and coming groups play at venues scattered throughout the area. Website Motor City Blog lists music events happening in the Detroit area.
Drum Circle Drum Circles at the Golden Gate Cafe on Wednesdays at 9 pm. No need to bring a drum to play, there are extra drums available for people to play. 313-366-2247 18700 Woodward, Detroit.
Electronic Music Festival, , Memorial Day weekend.
Fash Bash A cutting edge fashion event and fund raiser coordinated by the Detroit Institute of Arts, featuring big name celebrities, traditionally held in August.
Funk Night Popular all-ages dance event at the CAID in Detroit, Funk & Soul music is played by a DJ. Last Friday of every month from 12 AM to 5 AM. This event is BYOB.
Golf Metro Detroit has many award winning golf courses. Try Detroit's Metro parks , St John's Resort in Plymouth, and more.
Horse Racing Hazel Park Raceway, Northville Downs, and Windsor Raceway.
International Freedom Festival Detroit. Begins the last week of June.
The Magic Stick/The Majestic Theater at 4120-4140 Woodward Avenue combines a show space, a theater, cafe and a bowling alley. You can get up close and personal to the bands or shoot pool while listening to live music. Highly recommended for checking out some new music whether it be local or a touring band.
Meadowbrook Concours d' EleganceRochester. A formal occassion, traditionally held in August.
Motown Winter Blast Held in January or February in Campus Martius park, includes ice skating, concerts, and a street party in Greektown.
North America International Auto Show Cobo Hall, Detroit. NAIAS is held in January.
Old Car Festival Antique and classic car collector's show in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford in Dearborn the weekend after Labor Day.
Palazzo di Bocce 4291 S. Lapeer Road in Orion Township, about 40 minutes north of Downtown, is the largest and most elaborate bocce facility in the United States, and perhaps the world. You can play bocce on one of 10 indoor tournament-sized courts with court hosts and hostesses to help if you don't know the game. You can have cocktails and eat courtside while playing, or later in the restaurant, which serves authentic Italian food. Palazzo was the site of the 2005 U.S. national tournament, and hosted the 2005 Singles World Bocce Championships attended by athletes from 17 nations in September. Very popular for group events; Friday and Saturday nights are more crowded.
Reford Theatre 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. Features classic movies & free supervised parking.
Rock -n- Bowl Located in the Majestic Theater complex. The oldest bowling alley in the state. DJs play old-school punk and new wave music while you bowl.
Sailing Races The annual Bayview Yacht club Mackinaw Island sailing race starts in Metro Detroit.
Skiing and Snowboarding in Metro Detroit Mt. Brighton Ski Area, 4141 Bauer Rd., Brighton, MI. Near I-96 & M-23 in Metro Detroit. See also, Alpine Valley ski area, Apple Mountain Ski Resort, Baki Maountain Cross Country Ski Trails, Mt. Holly ski area, Pine Knob ski area.
Spirit of Detroit Thunderfest Hydoplane races on the Detroit River. Mid-July.
Theater See a performance, Detroit's theaters include the Fox Theater, Fisher Theater, Masonic Theater, Gem Theater & Century Club, Detroit Opera House, and Orchestral Hall.
Waterparks, including Belle Isle Waterslide, Waterford Oaks, Red Oaks, Four Bears Water Park & Entertainment Complex.
Woodward Dream Cruise A car fanatic's paradise, this is an informal drive along Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac, where anything imaginable can be seen, from Vipers to vintage cruisers to tricked-out garbage trucks. Happens every August at the height of summer.
Jon's Guide Service / Guided Fly Fishing“Fly Fishing Michigan” Your in one of the best salmon, steelhead and trout areas in the Midwest as well as North America. Guided Fly fishing is a great way to see the area as well as experience some great fly fishing. All equipment is provided and the experience is one always remembered. Fly Fishing Michigan
Located in Ann Arbor, about 45 miles west of Detroit, the University of Michigan ranks as one of America's best. Former alumni include President Gerald Ford and Google co-founder Larry Page. Others include Wayne State University (alumni include legendary White House Correspondent Helen Thomas and comedian/actress Lily Tomlin), University of Detroit-Mercy, Lawrence Technological University, Oakland University, Oakland Community College which is one of the largest Community Colleges in Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Marygrove College, and College for Creative Studies.
The Detroit area has many civic and professional organizations. The world headquarters for the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) is in Troy, MI and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI. Others include the Detroit Economic Club, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Greening of Detroit to promote urban forestry (tree planting), the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroit Renaissance, and Detroit Economic Growth Association (DEGA), and more.
The International Academy, an all International Baccalaureate school (a public, tuition-free consortium high school operated by Bloomfield Hills Schools which consistently ranks among the top 10 public high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine), Cranbrook Schools (an exclusive private boarding school and academy), the Eton Academy, and Henry Ford Academy are some of outstanding secondary schools that are located in the area.
Some of the major companies which have headquarters or a significant presence in metro Detroit include GM, Ford, Chrysler, Volkswagen of America, Comerica, Rock Financial/Quicken Loans, Kelly Services, Borders Group, Dominos, American Axle, DTE Energy, Compuware, Covansys, TRW, BorgWarner, ArvinMeritor, United Auto Group, Pulte Homes, Taubman Centers, Guardian Glass, Lear Seating, Masco, General Dynamics Land Systems, EDS, Microsoft, IBM, Google, Verizon, National City Bank, Northwest Airlines, Bank of America, and Raymond James, Coopers & Lybrand, Ernst & Young, and more.
Downtown Birmingham Old Woodward. Lots of Boutiques.
Eastern Market 2934 Russell St., Detroit. Historic Farmers Market. Hours 7 AM - 5 PM. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sundays.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House 1100 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe. House tours and Gift Shop.
Fairlane Town Center Dearborn. Remodeled in 2007. 15 minutes from Metro Airport and downtown Detroit, this large mall features more urban fashion and discount retailers with about 150 stores, popular restaurants including a P.F Chang and an Andiamo's. Adult supervision of those under 18 is required after 5:00 PM by someone who is at least 21.
Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Dearborn. Gift shops with wonderful souvenirs.
John K. King Books 901 W. Lafayette, 313-961-0622 One of the best used bookstores in America with over 500,000 books in stock.
Lakeside Mall Sterling Heights. Large suburban shopping mall with 180 stores.
Laurel Park Place 37700 West 6 Mile Road, Livonia. Very nice, upscale, convenient, 70 stores in an enclosed mall connected to the Livonia Marriott. Try the Michigan Wild store for unique souvenirs.
Olde World Canterbury Village 2369 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion. Near Auburn Hills. Specialty items, Christmas collectables, restaurant.
The Mall at Partridge Creek 17420 Hall Rd., Clinton Township. Upscale, popular, outdoor lifestyle center with 85-90 stores and restaurants.
Pure Detroit Detroit. Detroit Souvenirs. Stores inside the Renaissance Center, the Fisher Building, and the Guardian Building.
Riverfront Shops Detroit. Inside the GM Renaissance Center Winter Garden.
Somerset Collection Mall 2800 W. Big Beaver, Troy. I-75 & Big Beaver exit 69. Upscale, impressive, a must see, more than 180 stores, very large, two malls connected by a 700 foot moving skywalk.
Stormy Records 13210 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Michigan. Independent niche record store, one of the few independent stores remaining in Michigan. 313-581-9322
The Village, downtown Grosse Pointe Kercheval between Cadieux and Neff, Grosse Pointe.
Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk 44175 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Novi. Outdoor lifestyle center and restaurants across from Twelve Oaks Mall.
Twelve Oaks Mall 27500 Novi Rd. Novi. I-96 Exit 162. Very nice, large suburban shopping mall with 180 stores.
Explore Detroit's Greektown, with its Greek restaurants and shops surrounding the Greektown Casino. Detroit's Mexicantown is known for Mexican cuisine at restaurants such as Mexican Village, Evie's Tamales, El Zocalo and Xochimilco. Restaurants, bakeries, and shops are located on Vernor Highway, on both the east and west sides of the Interstate 75 service drive.
Detroit is home to many American classics including the Coney Island Hotdog, Sanders Bumpy Cakes, Dominos Pizza, Little Caesars Pizza, Better Made Potato Chips, and Vernor's Ginger Ale. (Vernor's Ginger Ale shares the distinction as America's oldest soft drink with Hire's Root Beer).
Avalon Bakery, 422 W Willis St, ☎ +1 313 832-0008. Vegetarian sandwiches, cookies, muffins and coffee are served here. Located in the Cass Corridor near Wayne State.Bread is $2.50-$5 a loaf.
Cass Cafe, 4620 Cass Ave, ☎ +1 313 831-1400, . Mon.-Fri. 11AM-11PM; bar until 2AM; Sa 5PM-1AM; bar until 2AM; Su 5PM-10PM; bar until midnight.. Hip restaurant, bar & art gallery. Located in the Cass Corridor near Wayne State. Voted "Best place to take friends from New York" by the Metro Times$5 to $10.
Goldengate Café, 18700 Woodward, ☎ +1 313 831-1400, . Friendly Vegan Cafe, 3 Blocks South of 7 Mile in Detroit. Busiest nights are on Wednesday when they have a drum circle.Most entrées: $7-$9.
Mi Pueblo, 7278 Dix Rd, ☎ +1 313 841-3315 (email@example.com), . Authentic Mexican Fare, features a bar, Wi-Fi and music on Friday through Sunday starting at 8:15PM. Has been featured in the New York Times and awarded "Best Place for a Food Fiesta by the Detroit Free Press".
Russell Street Deli, 2465 Russell St, ☎ +1 313 567-2900. In the Eastern Market district. Serves breakfast foods, typical deli fare and soups. Has a grilled vegetable sandwich with roasted red pepper, grilled portabella, eggplant, zucchini, chevre and sun-dried tomato pesto. Inexpensive.
Sala Thai, 3400 Russell St, ☎ +1 313 831-1302, . M-F 10.30AM-10PM. (Dinner starts at 3PM) Sat: 11AM-10PM, Su 12PM-9PM (dinner all day on Sa & Su). Located in an old fire house in the Eastern Market district. Great food. Also has another location in Detroit on Lafayette & one in Sterling Heights.Lunch: $6.50 - 9.50 Dinner: $9.00 - 13.00.
Traffic Jam and Snug, 511 W. Canfield St, ☎ +1 313 831-9470 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . M-Th 11AM-10:30PM; F,Sat 11AM-Midnight; Su 11AM-8PM. Bakery, dairy and Brewery. This was one of the first brew pubs in Michigan. Has a vegetarian sandwich, vegetarian burger and vegetarian burrito.
Evie's Tamales, 3454 Bagley St, ☎ +1 313 843-5056 (email@example.com), . Authentic cuisine, Second eldest restaurant in Mexicantown, unpretentious setting.$5 to $10.
Xochimilchos, 3409 Bagley St, ☎ +1 313 843-0179. 11 AM - 2 AM All Week. Large portions of excellent Mexican fare. They have menudo (tripe stew) on the menu, as well as many more mainstream dishes. Open late and serves alcohol. For authentic Mexican food try another restaurant in Mexican Town or Mi Pueblo.$5 to $10.
Astoria Pastry Shop, 541 Monroe St, ☎ +1 313 963-9603 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1 313 963-2530), . Su-Th 8AM-12AM, F,Sa 8AM-1AM. This European bakery has some of Detroit's best desserts you will ever taste. Additional location in Royal Oaks.
Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe, 400 Monroe St, ☎ +1 313 965-4600 (fax: +1 313 965-1449), . Daily 6:30AM-2AM. Excellent Cajun cuisine. Also serves great steak, seafood, and sushi. Additional locations in St. Clair Shores and Southfield.
Pegasus Taverna, 558 Monroe St, ☎ +1 313 964-6800 (fax: +1 313 965-1449), . M-Th 11AM-1AM, F,Sa 11AM-3AM, Su 11AM-12AM. Another place in Greektown that serves great Greek food.
Detroit is known for its "Detroit-Style" Pizza:
Benito's Pizza, various locations, . Wonderful pizza. Carry-out.Well worth it.
Buddy's Pizza, 17125 Conant, ☎ +1 313 892-9001 (fax: +1 313 313-892-6619), . M-Th 11AM-9PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 12PM-11PM, Su 1PM-8PM. Excellent square deep dish pizza. Voted the best pizza in Detroit several times. 7 Locations outside of Detroit
The Green Lantern Lounge, 28960 John R Rd, Madison Heights, ☎ +1 248 541-5439, . Su-W 9AM-12AM Th-Sa 9AM-2AM. Voted Michigan's Best Pizza By The Detroit Free Press. Is a smoking establishment and has a bar. Crowded on the weekends.Pizza: $5.35-$16.35.
Little Caesars, . Also known as Little Squeezers, pumps out 5 dollar "hot 'n' ready" pizzas. Very good sauce. Carry-out.
Loui's Pizza, 23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, ☎ +1 248 547-1711. Tasty deep-dish pizza, A local favorite. Entrees: $6.50-$18.75.
PizzaPapalis, 553 Monroe St, ☎ +1 313 961-8020 (fax: +1 313 961-2204), . Famous Award Winning Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Locations downtown and metro area. Dine-in.
Shield's Pizza, . Award Winning square pizza. 5 locations outside of Detroit. A Detroit location is opening up soon.
Detroit is known for the greasy and messy Coney Island hot dog and for its Coney Island Restaurants which are open very late or even 24 hours to catch the late-night bar crowd.
American Coney Island, 114 W. Lafayette, Detroit, ☎ +1 586 219-0995 (eat@AmericanConeyIsland.com), . 24 hours. Rival of the Lafayette Coney Island right next doorInexpensive.
Lafayette Coney Island, 118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, ☎ +1 313 964-8198. Rival of the American Coney Island right next doorInexpensive.
L George's Coney Island, 26799 Greenfield Rd, Southfield, ☎ +1 248 559-8600. Open Late. Inexpensive.
Leo's Coney Island, The Detroit location is inside Comerica Park., ☎ +1 313 471-2888, . A chain that can be found all over metropolitan Detroit.
National Coney Island, 19019 Mack Avenue, ☎ +1 313 881-5509 (fax: +1 313 881-3958), . Su 8AM-10PM M-Th 6:30AM-10PM; F,Sa 6:30AM-11PM. A chain that can be found all over surburban Detroit.Inexpensive.
Amani's Middle Eastern Cuisine, 13823 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, . Full menu. Locally popular. Family friendly.
Baker's Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois, ☎ +1 313 345-6300, . Closed Monday, Lunch 11am-3pm, Entertainment begins 7PM Su-Th, 9:30PM Fr,Sa. Described as the The world's oldest jazz club, this restaurant serves up excellent southern fare, try the Catfish.
Bastone Restauant and Brewery, 419 S. Main St, Royal Oak, . Belgian - French style cuisine.
Beans and Cornbread, 29508 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield., ☎ +1 248 208-1680 (fax: +1 248 208-6144), . Lunch: M-F 11AM-4PM; Dinner: M-Th 4PM-9PM, Fr 4PM-10PM, Sa 12PM-10PM, Su 12PM-9PM. Soul food, if you're closer to Detroit proper then try Baker's Keyboard Lounge which also serves excellent southern food.
Cadieux Cafe, 4300 Cadieux Rd., . Known for some great Mussels. Belgian cuisine and beers.
Cheli's Chili Bar, 47 E. Adams, Detroit, . Offers a full menu.Mid-range.
Hard Rock Cafe On Campus Martius downtown near the Compuware building.
Hunter House Hamburgers, 351 Gratiot Ave. Detoit and 35075 Woodward Ave. Birmingham. Both have the same great burgers. The one in Birmingham has an old American diner feel and you can sit by the window and watch the cars drive by on Woodward Ave.
Hockey Town Cafe, across from Comerica Park, . This restaurant doubles as a museum with Detroit Red Wings history and memorabilia as well as Tigers memorabilia and motorcycles.
Pita Cafe Locations in downtown Birmingham & Oak Park. Middle Eastern Cuisine. Try the crushed lentil soup, fresh juices, and Shwarmas.
Polish Village Cafe, 2990 Yemans Street in Hamtramck.+1 313 874-5726. Popular, highly acclaimed traditional Polish cuisine. One of several Polish restaurants and bakeries in Hamtramck.
River Cafe, Inside the Renaissance Center.
Roma Cafe, 3401 Riopelle (Via Roma), +1 313 831-5940,.
Sinbad's Restaurant and Marina, 100 St. Clair St., +1 313 822-7817. Enjoy seafood and waterfront entertainment.
Union Street 4145 Woodward Ave., . Very good food, great drinks. Right on Woodward, less than 1 mile from downtown.
Andiamo's Italian , . Eleven locations including downtown inside the Renaissance Center, Grosse Pointe Woods, St. Clair Shores lakefront, and Bloomfield Township. Celebrity showroom in Warren. Great atmosphere, fine dining experience.
Capital Grille Somerset Collection Mall, Troy, . - Steak and Seafood.
Coach Insignia, Top floor of the Renaissance Center, +1 313 567-2622, . Fine dining with spectacular views.
Cuisine Restaurant (French), 670 Lothrop, . New Center area, behind the Fisher Theatre.
Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, +1 313 271-2700, . Fine dining in a historic Inn.
The Hill, 123 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, +1 313 886-8101,  Fine dining - Seafood and Chop House.
Morton's the Steakhouse, One Towne Square. Southfield-Detroit, .
Mushashi International, Southfield, . Inside Southfield Town Center. Japanese cuisine. Also serves lunch during the week inside the Renaissance Center.
Opus One, 565 E. Larned St., +1 313 961-7766, . Fine dining. Offers theatre and sports packages.
Rugby Grille, 100 Townsend Street, Birmingham, 248.642.5999, . Located inside of The Townsend Hotel, this elegant dining venue has been ranked as one of the "Top Ten Best Restaurants in the United States" by Zagat's Restaurant Guide.
Seldom Blues, . Located inside the Renaissance Center. Fine dining and Jazz.
Tribute Restaurant, 31425 West Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, +1 248 848-9393, . Award winning fine dining.
The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave., . Highly acclaimed. Fine dining in an elegant mansion.
Vernor's Ginger Ale, created by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, shares the distinction as America's oldest softdrink with Hire's Rootbeer. A local favorite, Detroiters pour Vernor's over ice cream. Also try Faygo soft drinks, another former Detroit based soft drink company. Detroiters enjoy Michigan Wines. A family of GM heritage, the Fisher family Coach Wines are served at the Coach Insignia Restaurant atop the GM Renaissance Center.
Bleu Room Experience 1540 Woodward Ave. High tech nightclub, gay friendly, live music, large dance floor, VIP lounge.
GiGi's 16920 W. Warren. Gay Bar, don't loiter in the parking lot or you might get mugged. Try Ferndale but those will most likely be more expensive. 313.584.6525
Jacoby's German Biergarten, 624 Brush, near Greektown, . Jacoby's is Detroit's oldest saloon and restaurant since 1904.
The Labyrinth 1701 Cass Ave. Gothic night-club.
Leland City Club 400 Bagley St. Nightclub with Techno and Alternative Rock.
MGM Grand Detroit 177 Third St. Live entertainment and dancing in a world class venue.
Motor City Casino Resort, Grand River. Amnesia nightclub, top floor.
St. Andrews Hall 431 E. Congress. Premier historic nightclub, three levels with live music, Techno, Alternative, Hip-Hop.
Tom's Oyster Bar 519 E. Jefferson Ave. Also locations in St. Clair Shores, Royal Oak, and Rochester Hills. Upscale, a local favorite, full menu.
Town Pump Tavern 100 W. Montcalm. This local favorite is an upscale Detroit pub behind the Fox Theatre.
Clarion Barcelo Romulus Detroit Hotel. 8600 Merriman Road. Tel: (734) 728-7900. Fax: (734) 728-6518. Near Detroit Metropolitan Airport off the Merriman Road exit (#198) on I-94. The Ford and GM World Headquarters are just minutes away. Nearby enjoy Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, downtown Detroit, shopping malls, the University of Michigan, Greektown, the MGM Grand and other casinos.
Comfort Inn Downtown Detroit Hotel. 1999 E. Jefferson Ave. Tel: +1 313 567-8888. Fax: +1 313 567-5842. On Jefferson Avenue - approximately 1/2 mile east of the Renaissance Center and 1 mile from the Cobo Conference Center, Joe Louis Arena, among other downtown attractions of Detroit, Comerica Park (Tigers Baseball) and the new Ford Field (Lions Football) are only 2.5 miles from the hotel.
Courtyard Inn by Marriott, 31525 W 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills.
Courtyard Inn by Marriott, 5200 Mercury Dr., Dearborn.
Courtyard Inn by Marriott Detroit-Southfield. 27027 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. Centrally located near I-696 and M-10.
Courtyard Inn by Marriott. 17200 N Laurel Park Dr, Livonia. Near Laurel Park Place Mall.
Econo Lodge Detroit Hotel. 17729 Telegraph Road. Tel: +1 313 531-2550. Fax: +1 313 531-5148. Minutes away from local restaurants, as well as shopping, businesses and the Detroit area attractions.
Holiday Inn Southgate 17201 Northline Rd., Southgate. Large indoor swimming pool. Family oriented.
Holiday Resort Hotel - Southfield. 26555 Telegraph Rd., Southfield. Convenient to downtown Detoit and the airport with 11,464 sq ft of meeting space. Indoor pool.
Marriott Residence Inn. 26700 Central Park Blvd, Southfield.
Milner Hotel, 1538 Centre St, +1 313 963-3950, . Located in downtown Detroit.
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest 1275 S Huron Street, Ypsilanti with 30,000 sq ft. of meeting space, championship golf, and a view of Ford Lake. Resort/lodge atmosphere.
Courtyard Inn by Marriott. 333 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Prime downtown location, across from the Renaissance Center. Well appointed, full service hotel. Indoor pool, fitness center, restaurants, lounges, and meeting rooms.
Crown Plaza Hotel - Auburn Hills. 1500 Opdyke Rd., Auburn Hills. Well apponted. Near the Palace of Auburn Hills, restaurants, lounges, ballroom, indoor pool, fitness center, full service hotel. Could be considered a luxury hotel.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Detroit Metropolitan Airport. 8000 Meriman Rd., Romulus. Well appointed. Full service hotel.
Crowne Plaza Hotel. 27000 Sheraton Dr., Novi. Next to the popular Twelve Oaks Mall with 180 stores. Well appointed. Full service Hotel.
Detroit Marriott Livonia17100 Laurel Park Drive North, Livonia. Suburban hotel connected to the popular Laurel Park Place Mall with 70 stores. Well appointed. Convenient to Metropolitan Airport, Ann Arbor, and downtown Detroit. Near I-275 & 6 Mile Rd. Indoor pool, fitness center, restaurants, full service hotel.
Dobson House Bed & Breakfast 1439 Bagley Ave., Detroit. +1 313 965-1887.
Embassy Suites Hotel Livonia/Novi. Well apponted. Full service hotel.
Fort Shelby Hotel and Conference Center Doubltree. 525 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit. Historic hotel, opening 2009.
Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown Near stadiums, Greektown, restaurants.
Hotel Baronette. 27790 Novi Rd., Novi. Next to the popular Twelve Oaks Mall with 180 stores. Well appointed. Indoor swimming pool, restaurants, full service hotel. Could be considered a luxury hotel.
Hyatt Place Detroit/AuburnHills, 1545 North Opdyke Road, 248 475 9393, fax 248 475 9399, .
Hyatt Place Detroit/Utica , 45400 Park Ave., 586 803 0100, .
Sheraton Detroit Novi.. 21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi. Well appointed. Indoor pool, restaurants, lounges, ballrooms, meeting rooms. Full service hotel
Sheraton Detroit Riverside Hotel. 2 Washington Blvd., Detroit. Well appointed, full service hotel. Contemporary French elegance with fine restaurants. Located between Cobo Hall Convention Center and GM World Headquarters, nearby are Greektown, casinos, museums, Windsor, Ontario and area attractions. Guests have included George H.W. Bush. Prime location, could be considered a luxury hotel.
The Atheneum Suite Hotel 1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit. +1 313 962-2323. Luxury hotel, stunning Greco-Roman contemporary in the heart of downtown's Greektown, near stadiums, accommodates large conferences.
Caesars Windsor Casino Resort Windsor, Ontario. Contemporary luxury resort hotel with spectacular views of the Detroit skyline, 100,000 sq. ft of meeting space and a 5,000 seat performance center. Currently you must have a passport or birth certificate to cross the border.
Dearborn Inn Marriott. 20301 Oakwook Blvd., Dearborn. Historic luxury hotel, steeped in colonial elegance with fine restaurants and buffets. Across from Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Ford World Headquarters, minutes from GM World Headquarters, downtown Detroit, and shopping malls. 15 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center Contemporary luxury hotel, overlooks the spectacular International Riverfront with many restaurants including Coach Insignia rooftop restaurant, shops, and 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. This is the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, a world-class facility. This facility connects to the elevated rail system known as the People Mover which encircles the downtown area. Near Cobo Hall Convention Center, cruise ship dock, stadiums, Greektown, casinos, museums, Windsor, and area attractions. Guests have included Ronald Reagan.
Greektown Casino Resort. Detroit. Luxury resort hotel with 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and a 1,200 seat theater (2009).
Hotel St. Regis Detroit Luxury hotel in stately European styled elegance, casual, old-world feel, intimate setting, urban location, fine restaurant, La Musique - Cajun steakhouse, private fitness center, and 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space in the historic New Center area with Cadillac Place, adjoins the beautiful Fisher Theatre, a National Historic Landmark, featuring Broadway shows, behind is Cuisine (French) Restaurant. Nearby are Ford Hospital, Wayne State University, Motor City Casino, and downtown.
Hyatt Regency Dearborn 600 Town Center Dr., Dearborn. Stunning contemporary luxury hotel with fine dining, rooftop restaurant, and 62,000 sq. ft. of meeting space near Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Ford Headquarters, GM Headquarters, downtown Detroit, and shopping malls. A world-class hotel with 772 rooms. 10 to 15 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Inn at 97 Winder.. 97 Winder St., Detroit. Elegant, luxurious, Victorian mansion in downtown just two blocks from Comerica Park.
Inn at Ferry Street Detroit. A collection of luxurious Victorian bed & breakfasts lining Ferry St. in a historic district downtown. Adjacent to the world renowned Detroit Institute of Arts.
Inn at St. Johns 44045 Five Mile Rd., Plymouth. Luxury resort with a championship golf course, intimate setting in the suburbs.
MotorCity Casino Resort, Grand River, Detroit. Luxury resort hotel with 67,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and an 1,800 seat theater. +1 877 777-0711.
MGM Grand Detroit Casino Resort. Luxury resort hotel with 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and an 1,200 seat theater.
Omni Detroit Hotel at Riverplace 1000 Riverplace, Detroit. Historic luxury hotel with fine restaurants, spectacular waterfront location, intimate setting, 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Near GM World Headquarters, Greektown, casinos, and Windsor, Ontario.
Royal Park Hotel Rochester. Luxury hotel, rich colonial elegance in the suburbs with fine dining and over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Convenient to Chrysler headquarters, Great Lakes Crossing enclosed outlet mall , and Canturbury Village.
Somerset Inn Troy. I-75 and Big Beaver Rd. Contemporary hotel, boutique style, casual, across from the upscale Somerset Collection Mall, fine restaurants, and golf, near Birmingham.
Townsend HotelBirmingham. Luxury hotel, rich intercontinental elegance with fine restaurants, award winning, intimate setting, formal, nestled in the beautiful Detroit suburb of Birmingham. Nearby are Somerset Collection Mall, Birmingham shops, and area attractions.
Ritz Carlton Dearborn. Luxury hotel with fine restaurants. Nearby are the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, downtown Detroit, and shopping malls. Beautiful hotel.
Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit. The city's historic flagship luxury hotel, European elegance, downtown location, world-class facility with attached parking garage. Guests have included Presidents Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and many celebrities.
Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport Luxury hotel inside the airport with 25,000 sq. ft of meeting space.
Westin Southfield-Detroit 1500 Town Center, Southfield. Luxury hotel, stunning contemporary with fine restaurants and an enclosed atrium, hosts conferences for up to 1,000 attendees. 15 to 20 minutes from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Centrally located, minutes from downtown Detroit, Dearborn, and the suburbs. Near suburban shopping malls and the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Convenient for seeing the entire metro area. A world-class hotel inside the Southfield Town Center, across from Lawrence Technological University. In addition to Tangos restaurant, the atrium features Mushashi International (Japanese) Restaurant.
Like most major cities, crime tends to occur in areas where most tourists have little reason to visit. As with most urban areas, precautions should be taken when out after dark: stay in groups; do not carry large amounts of money; and avoid seedy neighborhoods. Stick to major freeways when possible and try to avoid smaller streets through unfamiliar neighborhoods. It is important as to how you carry yourself, doing this properly could easily keep you from getting mugged.
Contrary to some people's perceptions, downtown Detroit is generally well-policed and among the safest parts of the city. Crimes can and do occur in downtown, but exercising common sense will go a long way toward keeping you and your valuables safe.
Sporting events, festivals and other large public events are always heavily policed and very safe. Sporadic crime events, mostly alcohol-related and involving groups of youths, have been reported at some of these events but they are by far the exception.
Unfortunately for the music-lover, much of the current music scene is scattered between downtown venues like the Majestic Theater/Magic Stick complex, places in Hamtramck, and suburban venues in places like Royal Oak. So you will have to drive, navigate the city at night, and typically park on the street. Some venues, such as Harpo's on the east side, are in fairly unsafe neighborhoods. Always use caution and ask around before going to a particular venue. People at record stores, guitar shops, "cool" clothing stores, and the like often visit and know which venues are easy to get to and reasonably safe.
Metro Detroit has a modern freeway system that is easy to navigate. But be advised that Michigan drivers tend to drive fast. The flow of traffic on a freeway is routinely ten miles over the speed limit, and weaving in and out of lanes is standard practice. If you are driving the posted speed limit in the fast lane, the driver behind you may have no qualms about tailgating you, so if you plan on driving slowly, get in the right lane. Detroit Metropolitan Airport has a conveniently attached Westin Hotel and conference center. The Airport is among the most modern in the United States with both international and domestic gates in the World Terminal. Galegroup's Hour Media LLC publishes a full color guest guide found in hotels in the metro Detroit area. Visitors may request a guest packet from the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsors Discover Detroit TV which airs Mondays at 5:30 PM on Detroit Public Television. The city has ample parking garages, valet, and pay-to-park lots near major attractions. Laurel Park Place Mall in Livonia has an attached Marriott Hotel. The Westin Hotel at the Southfield Town Center is centrally located for those needing access to the entire metropolitan region.
Although Detroit itself provides the majority of the region's visitor attractions, the metropolitan area is large and diverse and contains many hot spots and attractions that are also well worth visiting.
Ann Arbor -- Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor offers many attractions of a self-enclosed small city. A thriving downtown, lots of culture, and plenty of students. Cannabis possesion in this city outside of University of Michigan property is only a 50 dollar fine, making this one of the most liberal cities in Michigan. Canoeing is a favorite pastime on the Huron River, available through Metro parks near Ann Arbor. Enjoy the Beach at Kensington Metropark, or winter skiing at nearby Mt. Holly, and Brighton.
Dearborn -- Detroit's suburb to the Southwest and home of Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, has a leading attraction, The Henry Ford (the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village)  a large historical and entertainment complex, and the Automotive Hall of Fame. Dearborn has the second largest Middle-Eastern population in the World, with mosques being a common sight and a wide selection of Middle-Eastern food and shopping. Detroit's public information campaign, "The World is Coming, Get in the Game" has created an online tour of Dearborn's cultural scene.
Ferndale -- The city that is trying to be the "New Royal Oak", big bar scene with some good restaurants.
Flint -- The home of the modern labor union movement in the US. While not as tourist-friendly as Ann Arbor, Flint has a great art scene for a city of its size and is much less pretentious.
Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River - Waterfront activities and living are among the luxuries of the metropolitan Detroit area. Experience cruises and boating on beautiful Lake St. Clair. The St. Clair River connects Lake St. Clair to Lake Huron. In the quiet town of St. Clair, along the St. Clair River, dine at the Voyager Seafood restaurant at 525 South Riverside. Enjoy the charm of a small town lifestyle in a major metropolitan area in and around Lake St. Clair's Anchor Bay. Visitors to downtown Detroit may reserve a dock at Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor. Or enjoy a Great Lakes cruise.
Plymouth -- With attractive downtown, the suburb is popular with local youth. Enjoy a world class golf experience at Plymouth's luxury resort, the Inn at St. John. Each year, the Plymouth Art Fair in July is well worth a visit.
Royal Oak -- Home to the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak is a gentrified suburb outside of Detroit which boasts a night scene with exciting dining and a diverse avant-garde bar culture.
Troy -- Troy contains the Somerset Collection, one of the largest malls in the midwest. Visit Nordstom, Macy's, Henri Bendel, Ralph Lauren/Polo, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co, Barney's New York, and more than 180 other specialty shops. Follow Big Beaver Road east as it becomes the Metropolitan Parkway toward Metropolitan Beach on beautiful Lake St. Clair.
Wyandotte -- The "Downriver Royal Oak" as it has been dubbed by locals, Wyandotte has a bustling, family-friendly downtown strip with mom-and-pop shopping, art galleries, a golf course, ice-cream parlor, a charming riverside park, and numerous dining opportunities. Come the third Friday of the month for free food, trolley and carriage rides, and themed fun events sponsored by local businesses. July of each year sees the Wyandotte Art Fair, one of the best in the country.
Other destinations outside the Metro Detroit area include:
Windsor, Ontario, Canada -- lies just across the Ambassador Bridge. Or through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel which is located right next to the Renaissance Center (good to use if you see traffic backed up onto I-75) This heavily trafficked border crossing has shaped Windsor more than anything else; well-maintained, walkable streets, shops and restaurants, Casino Windsor (Canada's largest), and adult entertainment. The lower drinking age (19) draws young Americans and ensures a vibrant club scene on weekends. Windsor provides great views of the Detroit skyline, especially on summer nights from waterfront Dieppe Park. Crossing the border requires a passport or original birth certificate (soon to be passport-only).
Lake Erie Tour Route and Lighthouses. Go back to the mainland and see the shoreline. The drive (or boat ride) around Lake Erie takes you through the Working Waterfronts around Buffalo NY, Cleveland OH, Detroit MI, Erie PA, Toledo, OH, and southern Ontario and is intermingled with beautiful preservations of flora and fauna as well as the history of North America's first westward expansion, the Old Northwest Territory.