Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan in U.S. It was founded by the Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in the year of 1701. Detroit is the main seaport city on the River Detroit. Detroit is also recognized as the most famous automotive city in the world. It is also called as Motown and Motor city. Other nicknames are Rock City, The DD Town, and Arsenal of Democracy. The population of Detroit in 2006 was approximately 918,849. At this time Detroit was the fourth largest city in the country. Detroit is also famous for its excellent tourist attractions.
Automotive Hall of Fame
This Detroit’s Hall of Fame is located near Henry Ford Museum in Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn. This is the major public exhibition place for the international motor vehicle industry. The visitors who visit this museum are allowed to design their own cars and display in this exhibition.
Henry Ford Estate
This is the family home of the legendary automotive giant Henry Ford and his spouse Clara who lived there for the period from 1915 to 1950. This estate is a Historic Landmark of the Nation, and presently it becomes a part of the Michigan University campus. You can find well furnished and extraordinary wooden works and many personal artic rafts in this estate which consists of 56 rooms. The main attraction of this estate is the personal garage of Henry Ford’s car collections and marvelous gardens with amazing waterscapes.
Detroit Institute of Arts
This Institute is recognized as America’s fifth largest museum which displays more than 100 galleries and the amazing collection of 65,000 workings, from mummies to Matisse. This museum is located in Downtown Detroit. The spotlight of this museum includes the contributions of Bureghel the Elder, Botticelli, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, Caravaggio and Cezanne. You can also enjoy the selected international films from January to May.
Detroit Historical Museum
This museum is located in Downtown. You can see the history of the city from Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac’s first landing on the bank of the River Detroit and how the city becomes the industrial capital. It is very interesting to walk through the streets of Old Detroit and discover the 19th century shops in this museum. The visitors can find the underground rail road which was used by the slaves to escape from the South.
Apart from the above discussed places there are many beaches such as metro Beach, Kent Lake Beach, Heath Beach and many more to visit in Detroit city to swim, take sunbath and to surf. The Metro Beach is the main attraction with 1000 foot long sandy with warm water of Lake St. Clair. The beach and the nearby park give you an eye-catching view of Lake St. Clair. You are free to enjoy the privacy in the vast 770 plus acres of property. The beach shops, pool with water slides, bathhouse and restrooms are the amenities offered by the beach to the tourists. The other attractions are golfing, swimming and paved bike rides. You can also enjoy marina facilities.
It is interesting to visit other places apart from the historical museums. Beaches and other attractions like belle Isle Park, yacht clubs, swimming beaches, children zoo, conservatory gardens, ball fields, handball courts, tennis courts, lakes, rivers, natural parks and many more picnic spots are interesting.