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Known as Motor City for its carmakers and Motown for its music studio, Detroit is the nation’s sixth largest city. Settled by the French in 1701, Detroit was a fairly quiet small town at the turn of the century. Then Henry Ford’s “horseless carriage" came on the scene and his assembly line of building cars made the Model T affordable for the common man. Bursting at the seams with factory workers, Detroit still bears the legacy of rich auto barons – mighty mansions and fine museums and theaters. Today, Detroit is polishing up its image with major projects like the $500 million Detroit International Riverfront. Hugging the Detroit River, the ...

Known as Motor City for its carmakers and Motown for its music studio, Detroit is the nation’s sixth largest city. Settled by the French in 1701, Detroit was a fairly quiet small town at the turn of the century. Then Henry Ford’s “horseless carriage" came on the scene and his assembly line of building cars made the Model T affordable for the common man. Bursting at the seams with factory workers, Detroit still bears the legacy of rich auto barons – mighty mansions and fine museums and theaters. Today, Detroit is polishing up its image with major projects like the $500 million Detroit International Riverfront. Hugging the Detroit River, the port of Detroit is one of the world’s busiest inland ports. Sports, cultural activities, a great park system and a 25-acre Civic Center along the downtown riverfront make Detroiters proud. For a different form of travel, hop aboard the People Mover. In operation since July 1987, the light rail system operates on an elevated single-track loop in Detroit’s central business district. Enjoy a view of the Detroit River and waterfront, as well as Ontario across the river. A three-mile round trip on the system with its 13 stations takes about 15 minutes. Fare is 50 cents. Each of the stations has a striking work of art, reason alone for the trip.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring and autumn, late August for the Michigan State Fair