Also called ‘Hockeytown USA,’ the city is located in southeast Michigan on the Detroit River. Best known for cars and Motown, Detroit is the only city in the US that allows you to travel south into Canada. With the restoration of several historic theaters, new sports stadiums, and a riverfront revitalization project, downtown Detroit has held an increased role as an entertainment destination in the 21st century. If food is what you are seeking, it’s impossible to go hungry with the 136 bars and restaurants squeezed into space in the one square mile of downtown Detroit.
If you like to bike, there are dozens of cycling events in the city that are as competitive or as leisurely as you like. Monday nights, hundreds of cyclists take a slow-paced tour of the city made prettier by a gang of renegade landscapers named the Mower Gang who beautify public spaces pro bono. If you are a car enthusiast, the Woodward Dream Cruise attracts more than 40,000 classic cars each year. Detroit also sports the world’s largest tire, at 80 feet tall and a staggering 12 tons! Detroit is a music legacy with the success of Motown Records and many artists from Diana Ross, Madonna to Aretha Franklin calling Detroit their birthplace. Be sure to visit the largest free jazz festival in North America, featuring 1000 musicians and over 100 performances every September.
Influenced by the Great Lakes, Detroit winters are cold, with moderate snowfall and summers are warm to hot and humid. Spring and Fall are mild with cool evenings.
Arts and Culture
Detroit has amazing architecture, dozens of art exhibits, a plethora of street art and an active music scene. Two of the country’s best live music venues are located here as well as major performance centers. The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Avenue) features over 100 galleries and has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States.
Unpakt’s Most Recommended
Belle Isle Park (2 Inselruhe Dr)
A 982-acre island park in the Detroit River. Home to an aquarium, zoo, conservatory, golf course and a swimming beach, this park has it all.
Pizzapapolis (553 Monroe Ave)
This place takes the Chicago Deep Dish pizza to a whole new level.
Always Brewing Detroit (19180 Grand River Ave)
Amazing coffee with open mics, yoga, music and more.
Eastern Market (1445 Adelaide)
A 4.5-acre celebration of the freshest produce, meats, specialty foods, art, and music.
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