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Tips For Visiting Detroit   by Sharon Stajda

All my life I have lived in Detroit. I have often struggled with where I should take visitors that come in from out of town. Detroit is not Chicago, New York, or Boston. However, if you look in the right places, there are many great sites to be seen.

To be honest, Detroit has seen better times. Growing up in the city, I remember many great things about the city that no longer exist today. However, I think the city is on the rise and there is a great future ahead. Downtown Detroit has improved and there are many more improvements in the works. For those with the entrepreneurial spirit, I think this is a great place to be.

In this article, I will give you my top ten things which you should do on your visit to Detroit.

1. The cultural minded should spend a day at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum has over 60,000 works of art in their collection. The collection includes paintings by Cezanne, Degas, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Warhol.

2. Visit Belle Isle. An island park, located in the Detroit River, originally designed in 1883 by Frederick Law Olmstead. He was the designer of Central Park in New York City. At the tip of the island, you will find a great view of downtown Detroit.

3. Have a hot dog at Lafayette Coney Island. A "Coney" in Detroit is a hot dog covered in chili, mustard and onions. Lafayette is the best in the city. Don't just order a dog. Make sure to include chili fries and a coke.

4. On any given Saturday, visit Eastern Market. This is the farmer's market for local area. After browsing the spectacular fruits, vegetables, meats and other food products, head over to the Russell Street Deli. The sandwiches and food cannot be beat.

5. For those animal lovers, visit the Detroit Zoo. The Zoo is not located in Detroit proper. It is located a two miles outside the city in Royal Oak. Over 3,000 animals call the zoo home. Considered a cultural gem.

6. Now that the Detroit Tigers are contenders, take in a baseball game at the new stadium. After the game, take a trip down to the old Tigers stadium at Michigan and Trumbull. Marvel at the place where Ty Cobb once played. It may soon be gone.

7. For what I call the ruins of Detroit, visit the old Michigan Central Station. It was built in 1913 and abandoned in 1987. It is the largest train station I have ever come across. You can get a spectacular view of the building if you are coming over the Ambassador Bridge from Canada. You cannot miss the building. It is the one which has no windows.

8. Take a trip over to Windsor, Canada. It is just a short drive through the tunnel or across the Ambassador Bridge. Windsor has a nice downtown and many great restaurants. The best Italian restaurants are located on Erie Street.

9. Take a trip to the suburbs. Just outside the city, visit Ferndale, Royal Oak, and Birmingham. They are all off of the Woodward Avenue corridor. Each of these towns have a small downtown with unique boutiques and restaurants. Each one is good for an afternoon of browsing.

10. Further up the Woodward corridor, visit Cranbrook. An educational community started in the early 1900's. It features architecture by Eliel Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Steven Holl, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and Rafael Moneo. It has been called "the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America".

I hope my tips will provide you with some ideas of things to do on your visit to Detroit. I am sure I have missed some great places. The key when visiting anywhere, get out and explore.

About the Author

Sharon Stajda has been a Detroiter for life. For further information on Detroit, please visit Detroit - The Dynamic<a>.