Detroit Michigan

Detroit Michigan is referred to as "The Motor City", and the city's identity has largely been shaped by its importance to the auto industry. This largest city in the state of Michigan, and tenth largest in the nation, boasts a recent rebirth, and constant revival aims to separate this city from its past label as capital city of the Midwestern rust belt. Also the birthplace of Motown, making the city a pioneer in the music world, Detroit Michigan has recently added three casinos, a river walk, and Comerica Park, home to the Detroit Tigers major league baseball team. Automotive pioneer, Henry Ford was born in Greenfield Township, now Dearborn, Michigan, located in the Detroit Metropolitan area on July 30th, 1863. He invented the first ever mass production line, introduced in 1913, revolutionizing the process of industrialization. You might just start your Detroit visit with a stop at the Henry Ford Museum.

As for revitalization of the city's river front, groundbreaking began in 2003 and the $2 billion project will include businesses, retail, residential units and a state park. Thirty-five restaurants have been added downtown in the last three years, and Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has initiated the brokerage of seven hotel deals including the renovation of the historic Book-Cadillac hotel. In adding these attractions in Detroit, USA Today has said, "The truth is the Motor City is really on the road to recovery — as a major American metropolis, business center, and cultural and entertainment Mecca." The Brookings Institute added that Detroit Michigan represents, "the most significant urban development in the country."

Renting a car is a good idea for traveling around town, yet several attractions in Detroit can be visited riding The Detroit People Mover, which is a driverless rail car system circling one-way through a loop in downtown Detroit. Along this system you can visit the Greektown Casino, located in the heart of Greektown. Greektown is known for its culture and restaurants. Also along The People Mover stops is the Motown Historical Museum. It is definitely one of the top tourist attractions in Detroit and is set in the original house where founder Berry Gordy, Jr. started it all in 1959. You could spend a lot of time here going back in time and looking at old photographs and the studio where Marvin Gaye and others recorded some of their most memorable hits. Other attractions in Detroit include The Detroit Zoo, Belle Isle, America's largest city-owned island park full of things to do, The Fox Theater which is the city's crown jewel playhouse and broadway show center, and the different pro sports arenas, housing this sports town great teams.

If touring around town and seeing all the sights has got your feet tired and your soul in need of some revitalization, check out one of the many day spas Detroit Michigan has to offer in its Metropolitan area. In the city, check out At Ease Holistic Day Spa at 17350 Livernois Ave. Inspired by California's holistic approach, this spa offers all natural treatments and products. Deíspa Elite, at 500 River Place Dr., is a full service establishment, and Zensational Day Spa, 2445 W Grand Blvd., relaxes you with a classic Victorian candlelit decor.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is the primary Detroit airport, and recently it has undergone a dramatic transformation with a new terminal, a sixth runway, and a south entrance road. It has also added a new parking garage; and the luxury class Westin Hotel. The Detroit airport is currently working on adding another new terminal in 2008. Detroit Metro Airport's concessions program is award winning, so eating here upon arrival, or prior to your departure, is a pleasure. Also, among its national chain of stores, you'll find locally inspired shops, such as the GM, Henry Ford, and Motown Music stores. Take the Inter-terminal Shuttle Van to get from one terminal to another. From the Detroit airport, you can access all the top car rental agencies, or hitch a ride through two different luxury sedan and taxi services. The Smart bus will take you to downtown Detroit for $1.50 (exact change), and the trip takes about 90 minutes. Enjoy your trip to the sparkling city of Detroit Michigan.

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