These days Detroit may not be on the top of everyone’s to see list. While Detroit is certainly going through a bout of negative press lately, the city has an energy that many people crave and a sensibility all its own. There has been a concerted effort to turn the city around and revitalize the areas with new local owned boutiques and restaurants, and even new museums.
Detroit has a life and a style all its own, and the people that make Detroit great deserve the credit. The energy of the people has led the effort to making Detroit one of the best places to visit in the Midwest. Here are 5 must-see things in the motor city.
Belle Isle Island
Situated in the Detroit River, Belle Isle is a small island action-packed with entertainment. The 3 mile lone, 1 mile-wide island has rich parkland, hiking and walking trails, numerous sports facilities, and the island aquarium. The Great Lake Museum is also a must-see featuring models of architecture and a retrospective on the history of the Great Lakes area.
The Henry Ford Museum
While the Museum is not solely dedicated to Ford, it is still a very apt name as it focuses on the technological and industrial advancements in the automotive industry over the years. Some of the most notable exhibits within the museum are the first steam locomotive, and the car JFK was assassinated in.
The Museum of African American History
This stunning museum tells the story of the African American’s within the City of Detroit and the State of Michigan. There is a wide range of exhibits from various periods throughout history. One of the most notable exhibits is dedicated to the Underground Railroad and the safe haven Michigan offered to escaping slaves.
The Motown Museum
Situated on West Grand Boulevard is the home of some of the best music ever produced in America. Between 1957 and 1972 Motown Records were produced here and the studio was home to many legends of the music industry like Marvin Gaye, Smoky Robinson, The Temptations, and Diana Ross. The museum pays homage not only to the great artists but the man who founded an institution.
The Renaissance Centre
If you love great architecture then the 7 towers of the Renaissance Center are a must-see. The 73 story Marriot hotel is the center of the complex, but there are many theatres, restaurants, and shops that occupy the real estate in this iconic location.
Detroit has had its ups and downs over the years, but remains today one of the greatest cities in the United States. If you’ve never been, then check it out for yourself this year.