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[[Image:DetroitSkyline.jpg|thumb|300px|Detroit city skyline]]
'''Detroit''', [] a major metropolis in the [[United States|US]] state of [[Michigan]], has had a profound impact on the world. From the advent of the automotive assembly line to the Motown sound, modern techno and rock music, Detroit continues to shape both American and global culture. The city has seen many of its historic buildings renovated, and is bustling with new developments and attractions that complement its world class museums and theatres. The city offers a myriad of things to see and do. Detroit is an exciting travel destination filled with technological advance and historic charm.
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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, Coach Insignia. Many restaurants emanate from the Renaissance Center, Greektown, the arts and theatre district, and stadium area. Joining the east eastern, 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, such as the recently restored historic Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, the Guardian and Fisher buildings with exquisitely ornate interiors and exteriors, the Detroit Institute of Arts (top five museums in the country) to name a few. 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.
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, such as the recently restored historic Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, the Guardian and Fisher buildings with exquisitely ornate interiors and exteriors, the Detroit Institute of Arts (top five museums in the country) to name a few. 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 the largest city in the U.S. to offer casino resorts. The three major casino resorts are MGM Grand Detroit, Greektown, and MotorCity. A fourth major casino is just across the river in Windsor, Ontario, 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)|Windsor]], [[Ontario]], and even for [[Toledo (Ohio)|Toledo]], [[Ohio]] residents, many of whom work in metropolitan Detroit. While most of the region's attractions are in the city of Detroit, tourists will find that nearly all of the shopping malls are located in suburbs, such as Troy. 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 mi (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, within the city and especially in Grosse Pointe, Bloomfield Hills, and Birmingham. Ann Arbor provides the nearby experience of a college town.
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 research and development investment expenditures in the U.SUS. The domestic Auto Industry auto industry accounts directly and indirectly for one of every ten jobs in the U.SUS.
Detroit's climate is continental, therefore subject to rapid change and a variety of weather. Winters are snowy and very cold but snowcover does not , with an even colder wind-chill factor. Snow usually doesn't remain through the entire winter, as Detroit is not in a direct snowbelt path and has enough above freezing days. Spring and Fall fall are dominantly normally pleasant seasons, but colder temperatures will likely creep in during late fall and remain during early spring. Summer is rather short , but often times it is hot and muggy with sometimes strong to occasionally severe thunderstorms.
Detroit is bordered to the south by the Detroit River, which divides the U.S. US and Canada (Detroit is the only place in the continental U.S. US where you have to go south to enter Canada!). Downtown is on 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, in [[Detroit/Midtown-New Center|Midtown]].
==Get in==
===By plane===
'''Detroit Metro Airport''' ({{IATA|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 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 Delta SkyClubs as well as a Westin Hotel and conference center. The massive, recently completed midfield McNamara Terminal serves Delta and its SkyTeam partners; all other carriers utilize the new North Terminal. For convenience, the McNamara Terminal and North Terminals have 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. US, 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 75 min to get downtown. The fare is $2.00. Familiarize yourself with the route map and schedule before you try this–-it is more commonly used by workers at the airport than tourists. Airport Shuttle and Taxi services are available by reservation. Reservations 9a-9p (313) 759-7741. Rates from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to downtown Detroit are $49.00 + $10.00 Airport Fee. Detroit Metropolitan Airport charges a $10.00 fee to all licensed transportation providers this fee to pick up passengers at the airport.
===By car===
Several interstates converge in downtown Detroit. I-75/the Chrysler (N. north of Downtown)/the Fisher (S. south of Downtown) Freeway North/South runs from [[Toledo (Ohio)|Toledo]] through downtown Detroit to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I-94/the Ford Freeway runs East/West runs from [[Chicago]] to Detroit and continues up to Sarnia. I-96 East/West heads from Detroit to [[Lansing (Michigan)|Lansing]], Michigan. I-696/the Reuther Freeway runs along about 3 miles mi north of city limit (8 Mile), connecting the eastern suburbs (e.g. such as St. Clair Shores) to Southfield. I-275 connects with the suburb of Livonia. Highways, the Lodge Freeway, M-14, M-23, and the Southfield Freeway are major freeways which interconnect with the Interstates in the Detroit metro area to ease navigation. The Southfield Freeway, connects Dearborn to Southfield. The Lodge Freeway, connects Southfield to downtown. Highway M-14 connects Ann Arbor to Detroit via the Jeffries Expressway. 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. But due to economic hardships for the region, rush hour traffic lasts less than an hour, and some freeways are clear all day. The Mixing Bowl (see Get around, By Car), I-75/696 Interchange interchange, the I-94/Ford Freeway through Detroit, and the Southfield Freeway can be slow in late afternoons. However some freeways can be congested.
The following freeways have chronic congestion in the morning and evening rush:
*'''Westbound I-94''': 12 Mile to I-696; Connor to Jeffries Freeway
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 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.
===By bus===
*'''Greyhound''' []. Service west to [[Chicago]] (5-8 hoursh, $35) , east to [[Toronto]] (5-6 hoursh), and south to [[Toledo (Ohio)|Toledo]] (1 hourh, $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. Also service from Toledo , Cleveland, Pittsburgh, East Lansing, and PittsburghGrand Rapids. Part of the reason why that it's is 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 at the Rosa Parks Transit Center at Cass and Michigan.
*'''Transit Windsor''' []. Running seven days a week for $3.75. Service from 300 Chatham St West in Windsor into, and around downtown Detroit.
===By train===
*'''Amtrak''' , 11 W Baltimore Ave (''at Woodward''), []. Train service to and from [[Chicago]] on the ''[[Wolverine Service]]'' (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 City|New York]] (21 hoursh, $75-$150) and [[Washington, D.C.]] (16 hours, $65-$130), but travelers 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 [[Detroit/Midtown-New Center|midtownNew Center]] area of the city.
===From Ontario, Canada===As of June 1, 2009, U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to present a passport, passport card, enhanced driver's license, or trusted traveler card when crossing the U.S.US-Canada border. For more detailed identification requirements, visit [ Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)]. Although it is efficient for an international border, this is the busiest crossing between the two countries, and is not as quick and casual as it once waswith frequent delays.
There are two ways to get to Detroit from Windsor:
* <see name="Ambassador Bridge" alt="" address="" directions="accessible from Huron Church Road, which connects to the 401" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Toll per passenger car: $4 (USD US or CADCanadian)" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Bridge traffic can be congested, due to the high number of 18-wheelers. Expect wait times of 30 minutes.</see>* <see name="Detroit-Windsor Tunnel" address="" directions="accessible from downtown Windsor" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Toll per passenger car: $4.00 (USDUS), $4.75 (CADCanadian)">Every time traffic backs up in the tunnel the tunnel is shut down until traffic congestion is eased, which can sometimes take quite a while. A "tunnel bus" connects downtown Detroit with Windsor for the price of $3.75 (Either CAD or USD) or for concerts, Ford Field and Comerica Park the tunnel bus fare raises to $4.00 (Either CAD US or USDCanadian). The tunnel bus has its pros saving you money from parking on either side of the border, but the customs/immigrations process can be quite lengthy for bus riders since as everyone on the bus must disembark and be cleared through customs.</see>
Pedestrians cannot walk across the bridge or through the tunnel, they must use the tunnel bus. Bicyclists are also prohibited from using the bridge and the tunnel, and due to licensing regulations cannot may use the bike racks on the tunnel bus. The only way someone traveling by bike can bring their bike across the border is to disassemble the bike and put it in a bike bag, which can be brought on the bus.
==Get around==
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 northwest-southeast (more or less) and divides the northern half of 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 but 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.
===By car===
Detroit spreads over a large area, and getting around may prove it is difficult to be difficult without a car. Nonetheless, an An extensive freeway 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.
Greektown Casino, located [[Detroit/Downtown|downtown]], has a free 13 floor parking garage. Visitors are welcome to pay to park at the Renaissance Center garage. 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 that may surprise new visitors. Valet parking is available at four Renaissance Center locations, the main Winter Garden entrance along the Riverfront, the Jefferson Avenue 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.
While MDOT has since discontinued emphasis on the names of freeways, most locals still are clinging onto cling to their names. Here they are:I-75, The Chrysler Freeway, The Fisher Freeway, "The DT" Expressway ("DT" stands for Detroit-Toledo); I-96, from downtown to Make sure you have an atlas with the 275 Junction: The Jeffries Freeway; I-94, through Detroit: The Ford Freeway, through Macomb and St. Clair Counties: The O'Hara Freeway; I-696, entire way: The Reuther Freeway; M-10, from Detroit to the Mixing Bowl: The Lodge Freeway, north of the Mixing Bowl Northwestern Highway; M-8, entire way: The Davison Freeway; M-39: The Southfield Freeway; M-53: The Van Dyke Expressway (commonly called, but not "officially designated")names as many road s change names as you go along them.
The Mixing Bowl is the confluence of the Lodge/Northwestern, the Reuther, Telegraph Rd, and Franklin Rd. The Spaghetti Bowl is the confluence of 96/275, the Reuther, the M-5, and the Haggerty Connector. The Junction is the confluence of the Jeffries, 275, and M-14 on the far west side suburbs. The Triangle is the beginning of the Jeffries at the Fisher Freeway. The Interchange is the interchange of the Reuther and the Chrysler Freeways. Many freeways bend and because of this many bends are called [[Name Here]] Curve, like the Rochester CurveCurves:
Here are some "curves":
*9 Mile Curve, Gardenia Curve, Rochester Curve, Big Beaver Curve, Crooks Curve all on I-75
*Dequindre Curve on I-696
*Mound Curve on I-696
*Wyoming Curve and Linwood Curve on the Lodge Freeway
*Fisher/Chrysler Curve: Near downtown Detroit, I-75 makes one of the sharpest turns in the interstate system. It is also the change between the Fisher Freeway and Chrysler Freeway. So if you are going north on the curve it is the Chrysler Curve, if south, the Fisher Curve.
CAUTION: Unlike in most U.S. other US cities, traffic signals change to yellow while the pedestrian signal (the "hand") is still flashing. Exercise caution at intersections to avoid hitting pedestrians scrambling to cross the street when the signal is yellow.
===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 one of the best cities for biking. Due to the surge and collapse of the auto industry most street have multiple lanes in each direction. Because of sharp population declines there are rarely enough cars to fill all these lanes, therefore bikers can usually have a lane to themselves, a rare occurrence in most cities. Detroit is home to many budding bike co-ops, the most active is The Hub of Detroit, and its sister program Back-Alley Bikes. Both are located in the Cass corridor, on Cass Ave. and Martin Luther King Ave. Back-Alley Bikes has weekly volunteer nights, and monthly women and transgender bike workshops.
The Detroit Critical Mass held on the last Friday of every month is well attended. The Detroit Critical Mass is a guided fun and friendly paced ride, often going through Downtown, passing the old train station, Slows Barbecue, and parts of Mexican town. Critical Mass occasionally meets on Trumbull between Merrick and Warren, near the Woodbridge Pub, though sometimes meets at Grand Circus Park. Check the location and time before you meet-up. Attendance varies with season.
===By bus===
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 streetsStreets. The standard fare $1.50; transfers are $0.25.
In addition, people traveling throughout Detroit and the suburbs may use the SMART bus system, which services most areas in metro Detroit. []. Standard fare is $2.00 and a transfer is $0.25.
Note that the bus service is worse than in most other cities and should be used only as a last resort (you have too little money for a taxi and cannot drive).
===By elevated rail===
[[Image: IMG_2407.jpg |200px|right|thumb|People Mover]]
Completed in Detroit does not have a elevated/subway network that covers the entire city. In 1987, the '''People Mover''' [] is a fully was completed, an automated, elevated rail system that runs a three mile loop in the downtown area. It is the best way to get around the downtown area. A round trip excursion, covering thirteen 13 stations, takes approximately 20 minutes min, 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 $0.50 75 in cash, and a token can also be bought at the same price.
''This is only a '''small''' list of some of the biggest attractions and even though they are listed here, their info is brief. Make sure to check out the district articles for more.''
*'''Wayne County Building''' is America's best surviving example of Roman Baroque architecture. ''See: [[Detroit/Downtown|Downtown]]''.
*'''Urban exploration'''. Detroit is known for its enormous, impressive but decaying relics of American industry and wealth, and thus has much potential for urban exploration. ''See: [[Urbex|Urbex]]''
===Historic neighborhoods===
*'''Theater''' See a performance, Detroit's theaters include the Fox Theater, Fisher Theater, Masonic Theater, Gem Theater & Century Club, Detroit Opera House, and Orchestral Hall.
*'''Survive''' Make it out of Detroit alive.
Some of the major companies which have headquarters or a significant presence in metro Detroit include GM, Ford, Chrysler, Volkswagen of America, Comerica, Rock Financial/Quicken Loans, Kelly Services, Borders Group, Dominos, American Axle, DTE Energy, Compuware, Covansys, TRW, BorgWarner, ArvinMeritor, United Auto Group, Pulte Homes, Taubman Centers, Guardian Glass, Lear Seating, Masco, General Dynamics Land Systems, Delphi, AT&T, EDS, Microsoft, IBM, Google, Verizon, National City Bank, Delta Air Lines, Bank of America, and Raymond James, Coopers & LybrandPwC, Ernst & Young, the FBI, and more. This being said, Detroit has been greatly affected by the nation's economic downturn and has an official unemployment rate more than double that of the nation's, which in reality may be significantly higher.
Detroit's varied restaurant scene can be hard to navigate. Below is a list of reliable restaurant options. (note: all these restaurants are in the city of Detroit, not the suburbs)
*<eat name="American Coney Island" alt="" address="115 Michigan Ave" directions="Downtown; Michigan Ave &amp; Lafayette" phone="" url="" hours="" price="$" lat="" long="">Opened in 1917before 1920, one of the two original Coney Islands in the city. Famous rivalry with Lafayette Coney next door.</eat>
*<eat name="Atlas Global Bistro" alt="" address="3111 Woodward" directions="Midtown; Woodward &amp; Charlotte" phone="(313) 831-2241" url="" hours="" price="$$$" lat="" long="">As the name implies, cuisine from all over prepared in fresh and fantastic ways.</eat>
*<eat name="Shangri-La" alt="" address="4710 Cass" directions="Midtown; Cass & Forest" phone="(313) 974-7669" url="" hours="" price="$$" lat="" long="">Detroit's dim sum. Excellent Chinese food and sushi.</eat>
*<eat name="Slows Bar B Q" alt="" address="2138 Michigan Ave" directions="Corktown; Michigan Ave & 14th St" phone="(313) 962-9828" url="" hours="" price="$$" lat="" long="">Some of the best BBQ this side of the Mason-Dixon, Slows has been featured in the New York Times and various TV food shows. A Detroit institution. Recently opened Slows To Go on Cass Ave in Midtown.</eat>
*<eat name="Supino Pizzeria" alt="" address="2457 Russell" directions="Eastern Market; Russell & amp; Napoleon" phone="(313) 567-7879" url="" hours="" price="$$" lat="" long="">Not a tradition traditional Detroit-style deep-dish, but some great pie nonetheless, and a cool place as well.</eat>
*<eat name="U of D Coney Island" alt="" address="16126 Livernois" directions="University District; south of McNichols" phone="(313) 862-0160" url="" hours="" price="$" lat="" long="">Popular among students and professors from next-door's University of Detroit-Mercy, U of D is a solid example of a modern Coney Island.</eat>
Vernor's Vernors Ginger Ale, created by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, shares the distinction as America's oldest soft drink with Hire's Rootbeer. A local favorite, Detroiters pour Vernor's Vernors over ice cream (this drink is called a "Boston Cooler" in reference to Boston Blvd. in Detroit, not the city in Massachusetts). 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. The Detroit area also hosts a number of microbreweries [].
*'''Hostel Detroit''', 2700 Vermont St. Located in North Corktown, Hostel Detroit opened in 2011 and offers educational programing and tourism information for the City of Detroit based on guests' interests. []
*'''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 0.5 mi east of the Renaissance Center and 1 mile m 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 mi from the hotel. []
*'''Milner Hotel''', 1538 Centre St, ''+1 313'' 963-3950, []. Located in downtown Detroit.
*'''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.
*'''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.
*'''Inn at 97 Winder'''.[]. 97 Winder St., Detroit. Elegant, luxurious, Victorian mansion in downtown just two blocks from Comerica Park.
==Stay safe==
As with most other urban areas in the US, precautions should be taken when out after dark: stay in groups; do not carry large amounts of money; and avoid seedy neighborhoods. The overall crime rate in downtown Detroit is below the national average, and crime has largely declined in the last twenty years, but the city itself is still among the second most dangerous in the country, surpassed only by its satellite city, Flint, MI.
Stick to major freeways when possible and try to avoid smaller streets through unfamiliar neighborhoods. How you carry yourself can 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 sometimes 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 Unless, you take a taxi, 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 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.
Detroit has a modern freeway system that is easy to navigate. But be advised that suburban Detroit drivers tend to drive fast and aggressively. The flow of traffic on a freeway is routinely ten miles 10 mi over the speed limit, and weaving in and out of lanes is standard practice, often times without signaling. 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, stay in the far right lane. Detroit Metropolitan Airport has a conveniently attached Westin Hotel and conference center.  The Airport 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.
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==Get out==
*[[Toledo (Ohio)|Toledo]], [[Ohio]] -- is about an hour south on the DT Expressway (I-75). This mid-sized city is on the edge of Lake Erie, which offers numerous nearby recreational opportunities. The city is a good destination for restaurant and architecture buffs. Toledo also boasts a nationally known art museum and zoo, and is a regional center for alternative energy research and development.
*[[Cedar Point]] -- About is about an hour east of Toledo, this action packed amusement park is routinely ranked among the best in the world.
*[[Windsor (Ontario)|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, Caesars Windsor casino, and adult entertainment. The lower drinking age (19) draws young Americans and ensures a vibrant club scene on weekends. Windsor provides great views of Detroit's skyline, especially on summer nights from waterfront Dieppe Park. Crossing the border requires a passport.
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