Deep Down in Detroit.
This article was originally created for Emirates Australia
Situated in the state of Michigan, Detroit is the largest city in the region and is home to over 5 million people. The city itself is synonymous with music, having been the home to not only Motown, but also the original birthplace of house and techno. Plus, as the hometown to both Eminem and hip hop super Jay Dilla, you can safely say there’s something a bit special musically in the water that flows through this fantastic city.
Detroit has a gritty mystique that certainly shines through on the wax that has been produced here over the years, ‘The D’ is no longer just about car production and crunching beats. There’s plenty to see and do in this famous American city, so here’s a quick rundown of interesting things to do in Detroit when you visit this history-laden neighborhood.
Personally, the first place I’d be sending you all down to is the Motown Museum, the greatest record label in the history of the universe. Home to Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Lionel Ritchie and many more, this is the perfect place to learn more about the sound that is still going strong nearly 60 years later. A Detroit must when in ‘The D’.
Detroit Institute of Art
Rated by many as one of the best art collections in the country, the Detroit Institute is home loads of modern art, Monets, even mummies! There’s over 65,000 pieces across this vast collection, with a special section dedicated to African American artists. Why not pop in and see what all the fuss is about.
Fox Theatre Building
This amazing performing arts center combines a heady mix of Broadway shows, movie screenings, concerts and special events. Built in the 1920s by filmmaker William Fox, the center underwent an $8.1million restoration, and is now a wonderfully elegant events center that is a real must visit when in Detroit.
This awesome sports stadium is home to the Detroit Tigers, but there’s more than just baseball to this amphitheater of action. There’s also a fairground (random), museum and fountains to provide the locals with a gaming institution that they follow religiously. When in The D, you roar like a Tiger!
So why not check out Detroit next time you’re in the States, and see why more and more people are falling in love with this amazing city, and not just for the music.