Detroit Aerial View (iStockphoto)

Detroit (iStockphoto)

Detroit Skyline (iStockphoto)

Hart Plaza Fountain, Detroit (iStockphoto)

Detroit Skyline (iStockphoto)

Renaissance Center and monorail , Detroit , Michigan (Comstock)

Belle Isle Park, Detroit, MI (Brand X Pictures)

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What to do in Detroit

Detroit is often perceived as rough and raw, ranking well on annual “most dangerous cities” lists. Boarded-up houses, trash-strewn streets, and similar scenes play out over and over again in movies such as 8 Mile and Gran Torino. But thanks in part to ads from the automobile industry, this old fur-trading post is regaining its swagger. Its grisly nature is part of the charm, fascinating if you’re burnt out on the typical green-grass tours of other American cities. You’ll find an undying love from locals who speak keenly of the past and possess an endearing belief in the future. Your visit to Motor City should start with a cigar, a cottage industry here that has roots with the city’s original immigrants, and end in a bar with some live Motown. In between, fit in tailgating at a Lions football game at Ford Field. Like its home city, this once-weary franchise is showing signs of life

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Traveler Reviews of Detroit


Ash rates Detroit
Detroit is not your obvious choice at a destination; however, this city is one of the most unique places on the planet. Whilst most other cities have demolished their aged architecture, it's still around in Detroit and the downtown is beautiful. To many parts of the city are decrepit and whilst this may be true of some areas, saying all of Detroit is dead is an understatement. Downtown, Midtown and the Riverfront is alive with bars, restaurants, schools, hospitals, museums, arenas, theaters, and shops. The area is beautiful with its lakes and water. The Henry Ford in neighboring Dearborn is a must see. A drive up Jefferson Avenue through to affluent lakefront Grosse Pointe is unbelievable. Don't look down upon Detroit until you've been here and experienced the youth and revival atmosphere that is in the air in Detroit these days.
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Pieter rates Detroit
Ok, it's still pretty rough and not exactly Miami or Los Angeles. But Detroit does have a really interesting waterfront and the downtown area has plenty of things to do. The sports stadiums are definitely worth visiting, as is the Henry Ford Museum. I think Detroit is an up-and-comer that will be able to get through this economic crisis and come out ahead.
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