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Detroit Travel Guide


Detroit Introduction


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Detroit builds things—cars, of course, but plenty more. Since the early 1900s, Detroit, Michigan, has had one of the largest concentrations of factories in the country, and this industrial muscle continues to give Detroit, increasingly popular with tourists, its style, look and pace.  Click here to see the full Detroit travel guide on Travel42 »

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Detroit Geography


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Detroit occupies a strategic spot along the Detroit River, which forms part of the link between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. Downtown Detroit is set along the north bank of the Detroit River, with Windsor, Ontario, on the opposite side. Jefferson Avenue runs parallel to the river, and numerous downtown landmarks are situated there, including the Renaissance Center, the Cobo Conference and Exhibition Center and Belle Isle. Residents use Woodward Avenue, which runs perpendicular to Jefferson and cuts through the center of downtown, to demarcate the east and west sides of the city and its suburbs. Downtown encompasses two smaller districts that are popular destinations for visitors: Greektown (a few blocks full of restaurants and bars, just inland from the river and just east of Woodward) and the Foxtown District (along Woodward Avenue, about 0.5 mi/1 km from the river).  Click here to see the full Detroit travel guide on Travel42 »

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Detroit History


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French fur traders founded Detroit in 1701, making it one of the oldest urban areas in the Midwest. It later passed into British hands and withstood a prolonged siege during the Native American uprising led by Pontiac in 1763. Following the Revolutionary War, the town became a part of the U.S., though the British held it during the War of 1812.   Click here to see the full Detroit travel guide on Travel42 »

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Detroit Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Like almost everything else in Detroit, the city's most noteworthy sights are closely connected with the automobile industry. The wealth of the auto magnates helped endow two fine museums. The Henry Ford in Dearborn is the real standout. It has two main parts: Greenfield Village, an outdoor history park that focuses on U.S. life in the 1800s, and the Henry Ford Museum, known locally as Henry's Attic, whose comprehensive and fascinating collection is devoted to the technology of the 1900s. Another cultural legacy of the auto barons is the Detroit Institute of the Arts, which has a wide-ranging collection. Its centerpiece is especially fitting for the Motor City: Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry, an artistic interpretation of the automotive age.  Click here to see the full Detroit travel guide on Travel42 »

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Detroit Nightlife


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Nearly every kind of after-dark entertainment can be found in Detroit. In fact, the city is fast becoming known as the dance-music capital of the world: People flock there each May to hear local DJs spin and scratch at the Movement Festival. The rest of the year, however, the action tends to be spread out, so you may have to do some significant driving across the metro area to find what you're after. But there's a range of music (jazz, blues, rock and folk) as well as dance clubs, comedy clubs and casinos.   Click here to see the full Detroit travel guide on Travel42 »

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Detroit Restaurants & Dining


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Detroit's many ethnic cuisines reflect its diverse neighborhoods: Greektown in the heart of downtown; Mexicantown, a block-long collection of restaurants on the southwest side; Dearborn, with its large Arab-American community; and Hamtramck, a compact east-side neighborhood, with rich and hearty Polish cooking.  Click here to see the full Detroit travel guide on Travel42 »

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