Visit Detroit This Weekend! We'll Show You How and Where...
By Jon Tan
The home of the U.S. corporate headquarters of Ford, General Motors, and Daimler-Chrysler, the Detroit area has long been known as the auto capital of the world, and many of the sights in and around the city reflect this.
Henry Ford Museum
One must-see attraction is the Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, which encompasses the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and an IMAX theater. Visitors to the Henry Ford Museum can see vehicles where history was made, like the car President Kennedy was assassinated in and the bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. There are also displays of airplanes, old household appliances and more.
Greenfield Village is designed to resemble a small village of the late 1800s with farms, shops, and people in historical costume. Historical buildings like Thomas Edison’s workshop have been relocated to the Village. Kids will enjoy taking the steam engine around the complex, riding the carousel or going for a spin in a restored Model T.
Tour Fairlane, the beautiful home of Henry Ford located on the campus of the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Even more impressive is his son’s mansion, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford home located in Grosse Pointe. Don’t miss the “playhouse” that belonged to the Fords’ young daughter, and brick structure built in the 1930s complete with electricity and running water.
For Art Lovers
The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., is a fine collection of art with works spanning the generations, from ancient sculpture to modern painting. The centerpiece of the museum is the Detroit Industry mural executed by Diego Rivera on four walls in a hall near the entrance of the museum. It is considered to be one of Rivera’s finest pieces.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History explores the journey of African Americans in the United States. The museum offers interactive displays, films, live performances and more.
For nightlife head to Greektown, where you’ll find bars, restaurants and one of the city’s three casinos, Greektown Casino.
Shopping with different budgets?
For shopping, most of the locals head to the suburbs, although the open air Eastern Market at 2934 Russell St in Detroit is a popular destination for shoppers seeking fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. The upscale Somerset Collection in Troy is located in two separate building and contains major department stores like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as many smaller boutiques and shops.
Twelve Oaks Mall
Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi is another popular shopping destination. The downtown area of Royal Oak is filled with shops and trendy restaurants, while Birmingham’s downtown district holds a number of clothing, furniture, and gift shops.
There are just about enough attractions for you and your family to enjoy over the weekend. For more ideas for last minute getaways, be sure to visit Last-Minute-Vacation-Guide.com.
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As a business traveler, Jonathan has traveled extensively within America, across Asia and Europe. Last minute travel is the norm for him, you can check out his site, Last Minute Vacations Guide for affordable last-minute all inclusive deals.