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Casey Jones

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What is there to see in Detroit?

I'll be in Detroit for five days for work in December and I have one free day in the middle of it. Is there anything I should see while I’m there? I was there once years ago and I don't remember there being much to do.  Did I just miss something or have any cool places or restaurants popped up recently?

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  • Luciana Misura

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    There are lots to see in Detroit . We were there last July/August (we have family in the area). The Detroit Institute of Arts is a great museum, I spent an entire day there - the Diego Rivera mural is not to be missed. Lots of paintings from Picasso to Van Gogh to Rembrandt. The Motown Historical Museum is a short guided visit but a pretty cool one - I knew way more songs than I thought I did! My guide was amazing and sang, clapped and whistled so many tunes, showed dance moves, it was great.

    If you like cool Art Deco architecture, stop at the Fisher Building (close to the Motown Museum) or at the Guardian Building (downtown). In both buildings you can take a guided tour (find out the schedule at the Pure Detroit shops in both places). The store itself is worth checking out, they have a great selection.

    In downtown Detroit, head to Campus Martius Park , a pretty park in the heart of the city, they will have the ice skating rink and the Christmas decorations up while you are there, and they always have something going on - music, movies, etc. And if you happen to be lucky enough to be in town on Dec 7th, that's when they have Noel Night: they open all of the museums, galleries, churches and other places on Woodward Ave to host musical groups (singers and musicians), dancers, and lots of other Christmas activities, for free.

    There is a lot more to see, let me know if you are interested in anything specific (I'm finishing writing a Detroit travel guide, believe it or not).

    Restaurants: if you like BBQ, there is Slows Bar-B-Q in Corktown (a neighborhood next to downtown), which is the best in town. If you want Greek food, Santorini Estiatorio Detroit is the newest and nicest place in Greektown (in downtown). My favorite nicer place is Roast , in downtown close to Campus Martius, the best restaurant in Detroit in my opinion. And there is always the historical The Whitney , an upscale restaurant in a beautiful restored mansion (the house is worth visiting, even if you go there just for desserts like many people do). The Whitney is close to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

    Enjoy your visit to Motown, it gets a bad rep but it sure has nice things to offer to those who care to look for its cool side :-)

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    • Annemarie D.

      Annemarie D.

      I added some of those Detroit locations for you, Luciana. Thanks for discovering new spots! · (1 likelikes)

    • Luciana M.

      Luciana M.

      Thank you Annemarie! You might want to fix the Motown Museum, it was already in the system but the address doesn't show up! · (0 likelikes)

    • Luciana M.

      Luciana M.

      And I'm not sure why (A) Detroit is showing up all the way in Dearborn either ;-) · (0 likelikes)

    • Annemarie D.

      Annemarie D.

      Thanks for the head's up. Looking int both now. · (1 likelikes)

    • Casey J.

      Casey J.

      I completely missed the memo on Detroit being this awesome and forgot about the Motown connection. Now I'm a lot more excited about this trip. Thank you Luciana! · (2 likelikes)

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  • Joe Lubaway

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    You can check out the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, or catch a Detroit Tigers game Comerica Park. Go check out the Monument to Joe Louis

    If you're a gambler there are 3 casinos (MGM Grand Detroit Casino & Hotel, Motor City Casino, and Greektown Casino-Hotel)

    There are a lot of great restaurants all over the city too.

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      Thank you for the suggestions Maggie! · (0 likelikes)

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    The Henry Ford Museum- Where the assembly line/automobile was invented.


    Greektown- Best food, possibly the best in the US. Fun to visit casino. Can Walk to nearby ballparks

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      Very cool. Thanks man! · (0 likelikes)

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