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. Known as the "Paris of the Midwest", 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. 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 visitors. 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.
Detroit is the heart of the American automotive industry, as a result public transportation is a joke; don't plan on getting around by bus at all.
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. 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
Catching Up Artist: J. Seward Johnson, Jr. One of many artworks in the Detroit People Mover stations
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, ☎ +1 313 833-7900, . 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."$5 suggested donation.
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.
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.
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 and 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.
Cobo Hall Convention Center,  Detroit's premier convention and exhibit facility with 700,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, home to the North American International Auto Show in January.
Comerica Park, . Home of the MLB Detroit Tigers, a fabulous experience.
CityFest Detroit. A food festival traditionally held around July 4th in the New Center area near the Fisher Building.
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.
Detroit Golf Club 17911 Hamilton Road, Detroit.(313) 345-4400.
Detroit International Jazz Festival Labor Day weekend.
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 Website Motor City Blog lists music events happening in the Detroit area.
Dirty Show Detroit International Erotic Art Exhibition, popular event.
Drum Circle, ☎ +1 313 366-2247, . 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.
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.
Feather Bowling, 4300 Cadieux Rd, . at the Cadieux Cafe
Funk Night Popular dance event at the Woodbridge Gallery in Detroit, Funk & Soul music is played by a DJ. Last Friday of every month from 12 AM to 5 AM.
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.
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.
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.
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 a drive along Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiacs. Happens every August at the height of summer.
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.
Detroit Threads, ☎ +1 313 872-1777, . Hip record store & clothing shop
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.
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, also has locations in Ferndale and on Cass Ave in Wayne State.
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, 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.
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, Detroit-style 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).
2nd Street Sub Shop, 108 W 2nd St, Royal Oak, ☎ +1 248 543-7474. M-F 10:30AM-7PM, Sa 11AM-3PM, Su noon-4PM. Large Delicious Submarine Sandwiches; this isn't your typical Subway or Jimmy John's fare.
Avalon Bakery, 422 W Willis St, ☎ +1 313 832-0008. Assorted breads, vegetarian sandwiches, cookies, muffins, coffee and espresso are served here. Located in the Cass Corridor near Wayne State.Bread is $3.25-$5 a loaf.
Cass Cafe, 4620 Cass Ave, ☎ +1 313 831-1400, . M-F 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 (3 Blocks South of 7 Mile), ☎ +1 313 831-1400, . Mo-Tu Noon-8PM, W-Th 11AM-11PM, F Noon-11PM, Sa Noon-9PM, Su Noon-7PM. Friendly Vegan Cafe. 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), Sa 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-Sa 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.
Inn Season Cafe, 500 E. Fourth St, Royal Oak, ☎ +1 248 547-7916. Tu-Th 11:30AM-9PM , F 11:30AM-9:30PM , Sa 12PM-9:30PM, Sun 11AM-3PM. Open since 1981, features assorted cuisine such as Mexican dishes and stir fries.7-10 per entree.
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 Oak.
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:
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
Nona's Pizza, 19764 Harper Ave, Harper Woods. Detroit Free Press' Best of Wayne County 2006. Best in town. Right off of I-94.
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. Best value around. Drive-thru or 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 suburban Detroit.Inexpensive.
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.
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.
Cheli's Chili Bar, 47 E. Adams, . Offers a full menu.
Hard Rock Cafe, (On Campus Martius downtown near the Compuware building.). Don't bother eating at this tourist trap, expensive mediocre food.
Hunter House Hamburgers, 351 Gratiot 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.
Polish Village Cafe, 2990 Yemans Street, Hamtramck, ☎ +1 313 874-5726. Popular, highly acclaimed traditional Polish cuisine. One of several Polish restaurants and bakeries in Hamtramck.
Roma Cafe, 3401 Via Roma (Riopelle), ☎ +1 313 831-5940, . Italian
Sinbad's Restaurant and Marina, 100 St. Clair St, ☎ +1 313 822-7817. Seafood and waterfront entertainment.
Andiamo's Italian , . Eleven locations including downtown inside the Renaissance Center, Grosse Pointe Woods, St. Clair Shores lake front, and Bloomfield Township. Celebrity showroom in Warren. Great atmosphere, fine dining experience.
Cuisine Restaurant, 670 Lothrop, . French, New Center area, behind the Fisher Theatre.
Opus One, 565 E. Larned St, ☎ +1 313 961-7766, . Offers theater and sports packages.
Seldom Blues, . Located inside the Renaissance Center. Fine dining and Jazz.
Rattlesnake Club, 300 Riverplace, ☎ +1 313 567-4400, . Lunch 11:30 on Tu through Fr, Dinner 5:30 to 10 Tu through Sa. James Beard Award winning Chef, Riverfront dining experience.
Bleu Room Experience, 1540 Woodward Ave, . High tech nightclub, gay friendly, live music, large dance floor, VIP lounge.
Detroit Beer Co, 1529 E. Broadway, ☎ +1 313 969-1529, . Brewpub located near Ford Field and Comerica Park, a nice place to hit up before seeing a Detroit Tigers game.
Foran's Irish Pub, 612 Woodward Avenue (One block from Campus Martius and Hart Plaza), . Locally brewed beer on tap from Dark Horse, Founder's, Bell's, New Holland, Atwater, Motor City along with food, also has a veggie sandwich.
GiGi's, 16920 W. Warren, ☎ +1 313 584-6525, . Gay Bar, don't loiter in the parking lot or you might get mugged. Try Ferndale for other gay bars but those will most likely be more expensive.
Jacoby's German Biergarten, 624 Brush (near Greektown), . Detroit's oldest saloon and restaurant since 1904.
Comfort Inn Downtown Detroit Hotel, 1999 E. Jefferson Ave (On Jefferson Avenue - approximately 1/2 mile east of the Renaissance Center and 1 mile from the Cobo Conference Center), ☎ +1 313 567-8888 (fax: +1 313 567-5842).
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.
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.
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. July of each year sees the Wyandotte Art Fair.
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, as a result those are the only people who frequent the bars there. 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.