Detroit, Michigan: Best Attractions for Your Holiday
By Vic Liang
Detroit, Michigan, the famous Motor City, is not only the largest city in Michigan, but a fantastic tourist destination. Detroit, with its strong car culture, history, music, sports and entertainment, showcases to the world its new side. On my trip to Michigan, I could hardly wait to begin exploring the city’s many attractions.
Henry Ford Museum
My first stop was the famous Henry Ford Museum. Inside the big museum, you’ll find exhibits displaying Ford’s creation process and the subsequent evolution of various models. In one particular timeline set up in the museum, you can start from the earlier four-wheeled vehicles and continue into modern home models. On display, there are all kinds of bicycles, trains, fire trucks and other models, even presidential limousines. Other than the automobiles, the museum also includes furniture, agricultural tools and vivid records of different periods of United States history.
Ford Rouge Factory Tour
I recommend that you do not miss the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. This facility is located in the Ford River Rouge Complex in Detroit's largest industrial area. Construction on the building, which covers a vast area, began in 1917. In its heyday in the 1930s, more than 100,000 workers were employed there. On the guided tour, you will also see Ford’s largest product line in Detroit and one of the world's largest eco-roofs.
Motown Historical Museum
If you are a music fan like me, you must have heard of Detroit as the famed birthplace of Motown Records. The Motown Historical Museum attracts music fans from around the world every day. You can walk into an actual recording studio, and you can also learn how Motown Records evolved from a small company into the world's largest independent record producer. There are also many precious collectibles from famous singers.
If you enjoy a good farmer’s market, Detroit’s Eastern Market will boggle your mind. The Eastern Market spans six blocks and more than 250 retailers selling a vast array of products. Shop the many stalls for locally raised meats, flowers, baked goods, candles, pastries, produce, jams, chocolates … the options are practically endless. Best of all, unlike many farmers’ markets, Eastern Market is open year-round.
Belle Isle Park
Belle Isle is located in the middle of the Detroit River between the U.S./Canada border. Drive over the bridge and you’ll find lots of activities on this island such as a disc golf course, nature trails, driving range, small aquarium, museum and the beautiful Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservancy. The conservancy is full of exotic flowers and trees, as well as a striking glass dome modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The recently renovated Dossin Great Lakes Museum details the history of the Detroit River and the Great Lakes. Belle Isle is also a great place to take pictures. There’s a circa-1904 Beaux-Arts casino used for events and great skyline views of Detroit and Windsor, Canada.
Detroit is vibrant and full of surprises – you're sure to fall in love with it!