Detroit offers plenty to enjoy, from Detroit Riverwalk to free tours of Renaissance Center, the international flavor of Greektown, three casinos, Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball action and bustling Eastern Market, a local food district. Within blocks of each other in the Cultural Center are Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Science Center, African American History Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Music fans from around the world visit Hitsville USA, the Motown museum, proving that the Motown Sound is as alive today as it was in its heyday. The Henry Ford complex houses its indoor collection of American artifacts at Henry Ford Museum, including the Rosa Parks bus, President Lincoln’s chair and John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine. Then step into the past visiting significant homes and workshops in Greenfield Village.
Travel southwest to Ypsilanti, or “Ypsi,” and visit its two downtown area districts-Downtown and Depot Town. Michigan Firehouse Museum curates vintage fire trucks and fire-fighting memorabilia. Enjoy Automotive Heritage Museum and Miller Motors, the only fully-operational pre-World War II dealership serving America’s vintage Hudson fleet. Discover the World War II history of Willow Run Bomber Plant at Yankee Air Museum, home of Rosie the Riveter. Hungry? Get the true diner experience at the Bomber Café, featured on the Food Network’s “Top Five” show.
Do life different in Ann Arbor. Known locally as “A2,” downtown Ann Arbor offers urban chic with boutiques, award-winning restaurants, breweries and vibrant nightlife. Stroll the campus of the University of Michigan and check out the Museums of Art and Natural History. Football fan? Stand in awe of the “Big House,” the University’s 110,000 seat football stadium, the largest in the U.S. Each summer Ann Arbor becomes an art mecca with its Art Fair, comprised of four separate fairs combined into one event. And no foodie can leave without a stop at Zingerman’s Deli, which USA Today named “One of the Country’s Top 10 Places to Buy “…. a Genuine Jewish Nosh.”
To the west lies Chelsea, whose downtown area has received a National Register of Historic Places designation. View historical Main Street architecture, unique art galleries and boutiques. Take in a play at The Purple Rose Theater, founded by actor Jeff Daniels. Tour Chelsea Milling, home to Jiffy Mix prepared muffin mixes. Cap off the day dining at the renowned Common Grill, named “One of Detroit’s Top 10 Restaurants” in the Zagat guide.
Spend some time in Jackson at Ella Sharp Museum, the colorfully-lit Cascades Fountain or “do time” in the Cell Block 7 Museum within Cooper Street Correctional Facility, once the world’s largest walled prison. While away the afternoon enjoying a new red or white varietal on the Southeast Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail. Watch thousands of Sandhill cranes gather in eastern Jackson during their fall migration. Wander the rolling Irish Hills’ 50 area lakes or fuel your NASCAR passions at Brooklyn’s Michigan International Speedway.
Drive up US-27 to Lansing and take a free tour of the State’s Capitol. While downtown visit Michigan Historical Museum, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum and Impression 5 Science Center. Afterward grab a hot dog at aLansing Lugnuts Minor League Baseball game. Ride a camel at Potter Park Zoo. Stroll Old Town’s funky boutiques and Brenke Fish Ladder. East Lansing is home to Michigan State University. Walk the campus among its beautiful pines and ivy-covered halls. Rent a canoe on the Red Cedar River. Get home-made ice cream at the MSU Dairy Store. Need a little culture? Take in the latest Broadway production at Wharton Center. The steel and glass Eli and Edythe Art Broad Museum offers contemporary art while Michigan State University Museum specializes in science and cultural exhibitions.
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