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Detroit is the largest city in the Midwestern state of Michigan. Near Downtown, the neoclassical Detroit Institute of Arts is famed for the Detroit Industry Murals painted by Diego Rivera, and inspired by the city’s ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname "Motor City." Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown Records, whose chart-topping history is on display at their original headquarters, Hitsville U.S.A.

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Detroit Riverfront

Best Things to DoIs a tourist attraction and landmark of Detroit, Michigan extending from the Ambassador Bridge in the west to Belle Isle in the east, for a total of 5.5 miles. The International Riverfront encompasses a cruise ship passenger terminal and dock, a marina, a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, skyscrapers, and high rise residential areas along with Cobo Center. The Marriott at the Renaissance Center and the Robert's Riverwalk Hotel are also situated along the International Riverfront.

Parking - (1340 E. Atwater Street) - The amenities at Rivard Plaza include a popular carousel, free parking, a bike rental shop, and a café.

Belle Isle

Best Things to DoBelle Isle Park, situated on a 985-acre island in the Detroit River near downtown Detroit, boasts a wealth of natural beauty and a trove of historical and cultural treasures. Offering breathtaking views of Detroit to the North and Canada to the South, the park features notable attractions such as:

  • The James Scott Memorial Fountain,
  • The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory,
  • The Belle Isle Aquarium, and the
  • Ralph Wilson Gateway, serving as the official southern trailhead for Michigan's Iron Belle Trail.
  • With additional amenities like a beach & golf course, and various cultural events during the year.

Visitors can enjoy activities such as swimming at the designated beach, biking, fishing, paddling, and more.

Parking - please note that this is a state parke & Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport at any state park for $11 dollars or online at Michigan.gov/DNRLicenses.

Joe Muer Seafood

Best Things to DoJoe Muer has been awarded HOUR Detroit Best View, Best Seafood Restaurant, Best Maitre D' and Best Sommelier 2018. They offer complimentary limo bus service to Red Wings games and some of Detroit’s hottest events!

Reservations are required. Please mention you will be using our complimentary limo bus service when making your reservation. Available at our Detroit location only.

Want Steak?

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The traditional steakhouse holds a significant role in Detroit's culinary history, tracing its roots back to the automotive zenith when executives from the car and advertising industries indulged in lunchtime martinis and showcased their affluence during chop house dinner meetings.

Despite evolving times and changing tastes, numerous dining options still invite you to revel in nostalgia. From classic downtown chop houses to establishments specializing in beef by the ounce and taquerias with a Latin twist, Detroit offers a variety of venues.

Here are 12 outstanding spots where you can relish a succulent steak dinner, whether to commemorate a significant promotion, a special anniversary, or any other milestone that warrants savoring a dry-aged, prime cut of meat.

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Show Me Detroit Tours

Best Things to DoDetroit’s only chauffeured 2-hour deluxe van tours provide a fun introduction to the city’s highlights and attractions. Knowledgeable local guides provide the perfect Detroit experience.

Anna S
"I was sadly only in Detroit for 1 day, but Pat's wonderful tour made me feel like I'd been there for a week! In one afternoon, I learned so much about the city's rich history, while she introduced me to all the incredible and incredibly different neighborhoods. We visited the gorgeous riverfront, Downtown, Eastern Market, Midtown, Belle Isle, Greek town, the amazing Heidelberg Project, Third Man Records, Indian Village and Corktown. Her tour is so informative and so much fun - she obviously loves her city, and rightly so - what an incredible place. I can't wait to go back, and can't recommend Show Me Detroit tours highly enough!"

Detroit Princess Riverboat

Best Things to DoThis 2-hour evening sail offers the perfect opportunity to sit back and relax before dinner. While you take in close-up views of the world's most famous skyline illuminated at night.

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Treat a loved one on a special occasion
  • See the sights illuminated at night

See Motown's most famous skyline light up the night. The bustle and noise of the city turns to silence as we slip out onto the river.

Notice: cruising times and available maybe based on time of year.

Detroit Institute of Arts

Best Things to DoFounded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to the current site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the "temple of art." Two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007.

The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.

The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, with more than 65,000 works. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, who was director from 1924 to 1945 and acquired many important works that established the framework of today's collections. Among his notable acquisitions are Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Tour

Best Things to DoThe Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a former factory located within the Milwaukee Junction area of Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. Built in 1904, it was the second center of automobile production for the Ford Motor Company, after the Ford Mack Avenue Plant. At the Piquette Avenue Plant, the company created and first produced the Ford Model T, the car credited with initiating the mass use of automobiles in the United States.

Prior to the Model T, several other car models were assembled at the factory. Early experiments using a moving assembly line to make cars were also conducted there. It was also the first factory where more than 100 cars were assembled in one day.

While it was headquartered at the Piquette Avenue Plant, Ford Motor Company became the biggest U.S.-based automaker, and it would remain so until the mid-1920s. The factory was used by the company until 1910, when its car production activity was relocated to the new, bigger Highland Park Ford Plant.

The Eastern Market

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Eastern Market stands as one of the largest and oldest outdoor markets in the United States, operating throughout the year. However, during the winter, the market features fewer stalls and operates with reduced hours.

For a delightful farm-to-table experience, visit Eastern Market to gather all the produce needed for a delicious meal. Choose the day that suits you best during your weekend in Detroit: Saturdays are primarily focused on food markets, while Sundays showcase a greater presence of local craft stalls. Beyond the fresh food offerings, explore various side streets with local shops like Devries & Co, Rocky’s, and Detroit vs Everybody.

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Detroit Institute of Arts

Best Things to DoFounded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to the current site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the "temple of art." Two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007.

The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.

The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, with more than 65,000 works. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, who was director from 1924 to 1945 and acquired many important works that established the framework of today's collections. Among his notable acquisitions are Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Tour

Best Things to DoThe Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a former factory located within the Milwaukee Junction area of Detroit, Michigan, in the United States. Built in 1904, it was the second center of automobile production for the Ford Motor Company, after the Ford Mack Avenue Plant. At the Piquette Avenue Plant, the company created and first produced the Ford Model T, the car credited with initiating the mass use of automobiles in the United States.

Prior to the Model T, several other car models were assembled at the factory. Early experiments using a moving assembly line to make cars were also conducted there. It was also the first factory where more than 100 cars were assembled in one day.

While it was headquartered at the Piquette Avenue Plant, Ford Motor Company became the biggest U.S.-based automaker, and it would remain so until the mid-1920s. The factory was used by the company until 1910, when its car production activity was relocated to the new, bigger Highland Park Ford Plant.

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Inspired by the city’s ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname "Motor City." Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown Records.