For many travelers, Detroit isn't a vacation destination. It is a means to an end, either as a stop on a business trip or a conduit to reach the University of Michigan in nearby Ann Arbor. This characterization may be true if you're shaping your feelings about Detroit based solely on grim headlines, but upon closer inspection you'll discover that this city is a hidden gem for intrepid travelers. While it's true Motor City has fallen on tough times – both economically and politically – and some of its abandoned neighborhoods give the city an eerie, post-catastrophe air, there is grace in its determined reinvention (it self-branded as "America's Great Comeback City").
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