March 30, 2010

Travel Feature: Detroit, MI

Whether you’re looking for a good sports game, a tour of great art or a night on the town, metro Detroit is where you want to be. It’s a city buzzing with fun, people and great experiences.
Metro Detroit a.k.a. “The Motorcity” and “Motown” is a mecca of entertainment with casinos, museums, nightclubs, restaurants and more.
Home of the Tigers, the Red Wings, the Pistons and the Lions, there’s always a game to catch while visiting Detroit. Take the chance to go to a Tigers game at Comerica Park or a Red Wings game at Joe Louis Arena. No ticket, no problem. There are plenty of sports bars like Hockeytown Café and Cobo Joe’s Bar & Grill where you can watch a game with a side of wings.
In the mood for culture and art, then try taking a trip to one of Detroit’s museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts in downtown Detroit. The DIA is one of the largest museums in the U.S. with an art collection valued over $1 billion and containing over a 100 galleries. If you’re looking for a something more local and creative then I suggest visiting the 24-year-old Heidelberg Project created by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey. Located on Detroit’s eastside, it’s a spectacular outdoor display of trash-to-art houses that began after the 1967 riots.
When you’re ready for a party then it’s time to stop at one of the three casinos that Detroit has to offer. If hitting the slots or playing a few hands of Blackjack is your idea of a good time then you’d want to check out MGM Grand, Motorcity or Greektown casino located around downtown Detroit. All three are equipped with restaurants, spas, nightclubs and gaming to fill every pleasure you have.
If live entertainment is what you’re interested in, Detroit has plenty to offer. Detroit’s FOX Theater, top venue for Broadway shows, the Detroit Opera House, which has featured jazz sensations Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and Masonic Temple, the largest in the world, there’s always a show to catch.
Are you planning a family trip? Detroit is happy to accommodate. The Detroit Zoo is perfect for a family outing, housing over 270 species of animals. The zoo includes The Arctic Ring of Life exhibit that’s a 300,000 gallon aquarium that allows visitors to view the polar bears and seals from a 70-foot-long underwater tunnel.
In search for some fun in the sun on the beach Belle Isle is the place to be. Belle Isle is a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River that is connected to the city by the MacArthur Bridge. Being the largest island park in the country, equipped with a half-mile swimming beach, giant slide, playground, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a Coast Guard post and a municipal golf course there are plenty of sights to visit and explore. Detroit also maintains a Nature Center where visitors are able to navigate wooded trails and view wildlife in their natural habitats.
Detroit has this and much more to offer anyone looking for a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of their everyday.

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