Belle Isle Conservatory

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Motown Historical Museum Photo from Dig Downtown Detroit Courtesy of Flickr

Wayne State University Photo from Dig Downtown Detroit Courtesy of Flickr

Eastern Market

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Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan and the seat of Wayne County. Detroit is a major port city on the Detroit River, in the Midwest region of the United States. Located north of Windsor, Ontario, Detroit is the only major U.S. city where Canada can be viewed by looking to the south. It was founded on July 24, 1701, by the Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. Its name originates from the French word détroit for strait, in reference to its location on the river connecting the Great Lakes.

About Detroit

The revitalized Downtown, Midtown, and New Center areas feature many historic buildings. On Saturdays, about 45,000 people shop the city’s historic Eastern Market. The Midtown and the New Center area are centered on Wayne State University and Henry Ford Hospital. Midtown has about 50,000 residents and attracts millions of visitors each year to its museums and cultural centers; for example, the Detroit Festival of the Arts in Midtown draws about 350,000 people.


Known as the world’s traditional automotive center, “Detroit” is synonymous with the American automobile industry and an important source of popular music legacies celebrated by the city’s two familiar nicknames, the Motor City and Motown.

Cars and Music

Many of the area’s prominent museums are located in the historic cultural center neighborhood around Wayne State University. These museums include the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Science


Center, and the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. Other cultural highlights include Motown Historical Museum (Hitsville, USA), Tuskegee Airmen Museum, Fort Wayne, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, and the Belle Isle Conservatory. Important history of Detroit and the surrounding area is exhibited at The Henry Ford, the nation’s largest indoor-outdoor museum complex. The Detroit Historical Society provides information about tours of area churches, skyscrapers, and mansions. The Eastern Market farmer’s distribution center is the largest open-air flowerbed market in the United States and has more than 150 foods and specialty businesses. Other sites of interest are the Detroit Zoo and the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle.

In 2009, Detroit ranked as the United States’ eleventh most populous city, with 910,920 residents. At its peak in 1950, the city was the fourth-largest in the USA, but has since seen a major shift in its population to the suburbs. The name Detroit sometimes refers to the Metro Detroit area, a sprawling region with a population of 4,403,437 for the Metropolitan Statistical Area, making it the nation’s eleventh-largest, and a population of 5,327,764 for the nine-county Combined Statistical Area as of the 2009 Census Bureau estimates.The Detroit–Windsor area, a critical commercial link straddling the Canada–U.S. border, has a total population of about 5,700,000.


Major Events
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North American International Auto Show Detroit Electronic Music Festival Detroit International Jazz Festival Detroit Fashion Week

Detroit Sports Teams
» » » » Pistons (Basketball) Lions (Football) Tigers (Baseball) Red Wings (Hockey)

Ambassador Bridge

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The Spirit of Detroit

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Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
211 W. Fort Street, Suite 1000 Detroit, MI 48226 USA Office Hours: M-F 9 am - 5 pm (EST) Main Phone: (313) 202-1800 Main Fax: (313) 202-1808 Visitor Center Contact Information: Phone: (800) DETROIT (338-7648) Fax: (313) 202-1833 Email:

Major Attractions
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Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival Woodward Dream Cruise Motown Winter Blast America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Detroit Skyline Panorama

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Famous Detroiters
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Madonna (Pop Singer) Anna Sui (Fashion Designer) Ben Carson (Neurosurgeon) Tim Allen (Actor)

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