About Detroit

About DetroitDespite its reputation of urban decay and neglect, the city of Detroit has made major efforts to reinvent and reinvigorate its tourism industry. Modern-day “Motor City” truly has something to offer everyone.

Home to legendary industrialist Henry Ford and several American auto conglomerates, in the early decades of the 20th Century Detroit drew masses of workers from every racial, ethnic and geographical background. At its height, life in Detroit was exciting and jobs were plenty. However, abusive policies set in place by industry leaders also lead to the creation of urban ghettos when foreign competition heated up and jobs became harder to find and keep. This blend of cultures combined with a legacy of both material excess and abject poverty give modern Detroit its truly unique flavor.

Called “Motor City” because of its connection with the auto industry, Detroit is also associated with another famous moniker: Motown. The home of the “Motown Sound,” music lovers will be entranced by the understated Motown Museum. Restaurants and tours are also readily available in the city to give tourists that complete Motown experience.

In the nearby suburb of Dearborn, Henry Ford founded a museum dedicated to the history of Industrial Revolution that now bears his name. The Henry Ford Museum contains many unique pieces of history including John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine and the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated.

The Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) is one of the nation’s finest art museums. The DIA permanently houses more than 65,000 works which span both history and geography. The museum also houses a 1500 seat theater which makes it an ideal location for visiting artists and exhibitions.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was opened in 1997 and contains the largest collection of African American historical artifacts in the world. In addition to housing several permanent exhibits, the museum also offers classrooms and a research library.

Sports fans can catch a game in downtown Detroit practically year-round. Completed in 2000, the Tigers now play in Comerica Park with Lions football fans congregating in the adjacent Ford Field. After the game, gastronomes can stroll down to Detroit’s famous Greektown with its casino, upscale dining locations and wild nightlife.

Tourists with children and nature lovers will enjoy the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Formerly called the Children’s Zoo, these 20 acres are a nature preserve in Detroit’s vast urban sprawl. Tourists can take lengthy nature walks on well-maintained trails or stick to the zoo’s center and see exhibits containing exotic animals such as tigers, cheetahs and kangaroos.