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Detroit has always had a huge impact on the country and the world; from rock and techno music to the automotive industry, Detroit has left its mark. The city is revived today with new attractions and developments, historic buildings, world class theatres and museums. There is a lot to do in this city of historic charm.

Detroit's downtown is its business district and home to many beautiful parks. The theatre district here is the second largest in the country, while the architecture here is also quite impressive. Midtown is the cultural centre of Detroit and has many good galleries and museums. It also has some great examples of 1920s architecture.

The East Side is where the riverfront, Pewabic Pottery, historical Eastern Market and Belle Isle are located. Southside has the ethnic neighbourhoods of Detroit like Corktown and Mexicantown. The neighbourhoods are known for historical sites like Fort Wayne, Tiger Stadium and Michigan Central Station as well as its restaurants.

The notorious 8 Mile is located in West Side along with several historic neighbourhoods, Michigan State Fair and the University District. Detroit has several good live music venues like The Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music Theatre. The theatre venues of Detroit host many Broadway performances.

Some of the most prominent museums in the city are located in its cultural centre. These museums and galleries include the Detroit Science Centre, Detroit Historical Museum and Detroit Institute of Arts. Other cultural attractions in the city include the Belle Isle Conservatory, Motown Historical Museum and Tuskegee Airmen Museum.

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1. The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn
What is it? Henry Ford, son of a farmer, built his first car in Detroit in 1896. There was nothing too amazing about this feat, because cars had been around for some time. What was unique to Ford's invention was the moving assembly line, which enabled him to literally put the world on wheels. Henry Ford's legacy is found at every turn in his hometown, Detroit, which is why the city's most popular and prominent tourist attraction was founded by him in 1929. The Henry Ford is spread over more than 36 hectares (90 acres) in Dearborn just outside of metro-Detroit and encompasses five different venues. Together they bring the whole American experience to life, using exhibits, demonstrations, programmes and re-enactments to showcase American life and its people. Ford amassed most of the exhibit collection, including tens of thousands of ordinary objects, items associated with illustrious Americans, and numerous inventions documenting technological advances. Among the exhibits is the limousine in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Edgar Allan Poe's writing desk, and George Washington's camp bed. It is located in Dearborn, Michigan just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12). Hours of Operation: Museum open daily 9.30am to 5pm; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Different opening hours apply for other attractions Phone:(313) 982 6150 (24-hour recorded information)



2. Automotive Hall of Fame
21400 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn
What is it? Car buffs from the world over are drawn to Detroit's Automotive Hall of Fame, close to the Henry Ford Museum in Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, which is the public program and exhibition centre for the worldwide motor vehicle industry. The venue features entertaining and enlightening exhibits about the people who drive the industry. Visitors can indulge in interactive events like designing their own car and taking part in safety demonstrations. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm; closed Mondays from November to April Phone:(313) 240 4000



3. Henry Ford Estate
4901 Evergreen Road
What is it? Visitors to Detroit can tour the family home of renowned automotive pioneer Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, in Dearborn. The estate is a National Historic Landmark that is now part of the campus of the University of Michigan. The Fords lived on the estate, designed by Jens Jensen, from 1915 until they died in 1947 and 1950 respectively. The 56-room stone mansion features elaborately-carved woodwork and contains many personal artefacts. Also on site is Ford's personal garage and car collection and magnificent gardens featuring waterscapes. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm Phone:(313) 593 5590



Detroit holidays - Top Events


1. Detroit International Jazz Festival

From 2006-09-01

To 2006-09-04

What is it? Detroit's annual swinging festival has become the largest jazz event in North America, now an institution after being held for a quarter of a century. The event jazzes up downtown with more than 100 concerts, late-night jam sessions and plenty of buzz in the area's 20 or so bars and restaurants. Where is it? Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park



2. Comerica TasteFest

From 2007-07-04

To 2006-07-08

What is it? The food, music and spirit of Detroit are celebrated in the downtown streets with a mixed bag of eats and entertainment. More than 35 of the city's restaurants serve up samples of their specialities to more than 350,000 visitors, who also enjoy a feast of events from skateboard challenges and movie shows to a petting zoo and arts and crafts displays. A main ingredient of the TasteFest is the music, with national and local talent performing on four stages. Where is it? New Center on West Grand Boulevard between Woodward Avenue and the Lodge Freeway



3. International Freedom Festival

From 2007-06-27

To 2007-06-27

What is it? This cross-border festival was started in 1959 when Detroit and its Canadian neighbour, the city of Windsor on the other side of the Detroit River, decided to join forces to celebrate Independence Day and Canada Day. Today most of the carnival events take place on the Windsor side of the river, but Detroit still offers several parties and organises the spectacular fireworks display, billed as the largest in north America, that is the centrepiece highlight of the entire festival. Another popular event is the cross-river tug of war between teams from each city. Where is it? Hart Plaza, Detroit and Dieppe Park, Windsor, Ontario




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