Detroit Community Guide

Visitors to the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit have plenty of attractions to keep them occupied, including Detroit zoo’s polar exhibit, the Motown Museum, Henry Ford’s factory, and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here are some facts and trivia that may be of interest to those traveling there on vacation.

Traveling somewhere that is fun and exciting for your vacation is what most people are looking for.  Vacations come once a year and the money you put into them should be worth it.  If you are deciding on where to go this year, whether it is with your family, or just your friends, then think about going to Detroit.  Detroit has a lot to offer.  You can shop, go to museums and play outdoor games and sports while visiting.  The food is excellent and the people are very welcoming.

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For those that are looking for a little something different, Detroit is known for Motown Historical Museum.  Music is the heart of many people and this is one place where you can learn where a lot of it originated.  Jackson Five fans will love it there.  The original recording studio where they got their start is still sitting right inside the museum.  Not to mention this is the recording studio where Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and the Supremes all laid their first records down.  This room is known as Studio A and has been fully restored for you to visit.

The museum was the first home to Barry Gordy’s Motown Records.  It opened in 1959.  As you walk through it you can visit the gallery that displays original stage costumes, sheet music and photographs.  Make sure you walk through the Echo Chamber.  You can create your own reverberations on the first reverb device ever built.  This museum is a part of Detroit history and is what makes it so exciting.

Detroit has other museums that you can visit on the museum tour.  Then you may want to go shopping.  Detroit has everything from shopping malls to farmer’s markets.  If you like farmer’s markets, there are two that are very well known throughout the city.  Eastern Market is one.  It has every kind of food imaginable.  After stopping here, venture over to Royal Oaks Farmer’s Market.  You can find food here, but there are also many arts and crafts.

After a day of farmer’s market shopping, you can go to one of the many shopping malls scattered throughout the city.  The GM Renaissance Center is a favorite of many.  It has seven glass towers and is a beautiful area.  Each tower has something unique. You can shop at your favorite stores including the Detroit Locker Room.  There are plenty of places to eat and of course, you can’t have a shopping center without a Starbucks.  You will also find a post office and a chocolate shop there.

Detroit travel facts

  • Detroit is known as the Motor City for a very good reason. It grew to prominence with the car industry, and suffered tremendously when it started to move elsewhere.
  • Automobile aficionados and motoring maniacs will be in heaven on the Rouge factory tour – this was Henry Ford’s factory. It’s also possible to visit the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
  • Detroit’s other famous export is Motown music, and the Motown Museum is dedicated to the likes of Berry Gordy and Diana Ross.
  • It’s also a good city to learn about African-American history. The Wright Museum of African-American History has excellent displays on slavery, whilst the bus seat that Rosa Parks refused to give up in Montgomery, Alabama, can be found in Greenfield Village.
  • Detroit’s Zoo contains the largest polar exhibit in the world. If you like polar bears, but don’t fancy being mauled by one, try here instead of the wilds of Canada.
  • Detroit is the only city in the United States from which you can look south into Canada. (Oh alright then… the only place excluding Alaska).

Elsewhere in Michigan

  • Michigan borders Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio (United States) and Ontario (Canada).
  • You are not allowed to take cars on to Mackinac Island.
  • Whilst he may not have been the most dynamic of Presidents, Gerald Ford is still venerated in his home town of Grand Rapids. There’s a museum devoted to him there.
  • Portly guerrilla movie maker – and massive George W Bush fan – Michael Moore hails from the town of Flint. His first feature film documentary, Roger and Me, was shot there. He would later go on to make Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • Sault Ste Marie, near the Canadian border, is the third oldest town in the United States of America. Whilst there, why not visit the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum? It’s full of the remnants of stricken vessels pulled out of Lakes Huron and Erie.
  • For a taste of wilderness, visit Isle Royale. The National Park there is full of wolves and moose.