Detroit Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Detroit

Whether you're a sports fan, a foodie, an amateur historian or an architecture buff, you'll find something to capture your attention in The D. A stop at the Detroit Institute of Arts should be at the top of your list if you're a culture hound, and so should the ornately designed Fox Theatre. To learn more about the stories that shaped the city's present, swing by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Motown Museum – both are unique to Detroit and come highly recommended by recent visitors. Want to feel like a local? Spend your Saturday afternoon sampling the fresh produce found at Eastern Market. And when you're walking around downtown, don't forget to look up and admire some of the city's stunning architecture, especially the famous Guardian Building.

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  • #1
    Things to do in Detroit
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    #1 in Detroit
    Museums
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    Arguably one of the city's foremost cultural destinations, the Detroit Institute of Arts dates back to 1885, but the beaux-arts building (referred to as the "temple of art")  that it now resides in opened in 1927. The institute is huge, comprising more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seatauditoriumand a 380-seat lecture hall.

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  • #2
    Motown Museum
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    #2 in Detroit
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    An entire genre– or at least sound– was born in the space of this small Detroit home. A blue and white sign, reading "Hitsville U.S.A," hangs above the similarly painted building. And with gold records by the Supremes, the Temptations and the Jackson 5, this former Motown recording studio became a hit-making

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    Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
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    #3 in Detroit
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    This large museum, named for its founder Charles Wright, tells the story of the African American experience from the beginning of time to the presidency of Barack Obama. Opened in 1965, the museum welcomes guests to it 125,000 square feet of both permanent and rotating exhibits, as well as a

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  • #4
    Eastern Market
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    #4 in Detroit
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    Eastern Market draws history geeks and foodies alike. Open since 1891, this 43-acre district (six blocks of which are devoted to the public market) is the largest historic public market district in the United States. Still not impressed? In 1978, the Eastern Market Historic District was added to the National

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    Comerica Park
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    #5 in Detroit
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    If you're not much of a baseball fan, this ballpark – home field for the Detroit Tigers – is for you. While diehard fans are glued to their seats in hopes of catching a fly ball, casual onlookers can enjoy some of the park's more unusual attractions, including a carousel, a 50-foot Ferris

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    Fox Theatre
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    If you're in town for any amount of time, catching a performance at this National Historic Landmark is almost required. Events range from Broadway musicals to performances by big name recording artists like Tony Bennett and Ringo Starr, but what truly makes this venue special is its jaw-dropping interior. The

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    Guardian Building
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    #7 in Detroit
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    Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the art deco Guardian Building is a must-see for architecture buffs. Known as Detroit's Cathedral of Finance, the Guardian Building was completed in 1929 for the Union Trust Co. The exterior of this 40-story steel-framed building may not look like much, but once

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    Detroit Zoo
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    #8 in Detroit
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    Many recent travelers called the Detroit Zoo one of the city's best family attractions. Spread out across 125 acres and boasting more than 2,400 animals, the zoo has a longstanding history in Detroit (it's been open since 1928). Of the zoo's 12 habitats, perhaps the most popular among recent visitors

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