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Detroit, Michigan - from the auto to the kabob!

© By Adam Southwood
Automotive capital of the world, Detroit is home to General Motors, the Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Group LLC. From the stunning mansions of auto barons and brilliant downtown architecture to the sprawling automotive facilities and manufacturing plants to the expressways that crisscross the region, the automobile has left its mark on this city and its people. The North American International Auto Show, the Grand Prix and the Woodward Dream Cruise attract record crowds as well as the racing excitement of Michigan International Speedway for NASCAR action.
     In the post-industrial world, Detroit struggles to overcome its challenging urban problems, yet there's a new buzz from casinos located in three distinct downtown regions as well as across the Detroit River in Windsor.
     In fact, Detroit is a city of rhythm - that introduced music genres such as Motown and techno as well promoting as other genres like jazz, blues, gospel, rock and hip-hop.
     Metro Detroit is proud of its blue collar roots and cosmopolitan aspirations.

Detroit's Riverfront
Map Of Michigan Visitors may explore the creative culture in the galleries, theaters and music venues of Downtown Detroit. Get laid-back in Macomb, get a tee time in Oakland, and get some cash to enjoy shopping in Greater Novi.
     Take in a pro game at Comerica Park, Ford Field or Joe Louis Arena - all minutes away from each other. There are sports-themed dining options. Try Hockeytown Cafe, Cheli's Chili Bar or the historic Ellwood Grill.
     West of Detroit, Dearborn is home to one of America's leading tourist attractions - The Henry Ford entertainment complex and Henry Ford Estate. At the Henry Ford, you can visit the home of famous Americans like Daniel Webster and Thomas Edison in Greenfield Village, sit in the bus made famous by Rosa Parks or at the counter of an original diner at Henry Ford Museum, or explore the birthplace of modern manufacturing on the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Fair Lane, Henry and Clara Ford's stunning country home estate was named one of "America's 10 grandest mansions" by Budget Travel Magazine, a 31,000 square-foot, six level, 56-room power house where Clara & Henry entertained some of the world's most influential people.
     The area holds much more for it's an Arab-American melting pot, a company town and a college town with the University of Michigan, Dearborn. Dearborn boasts the largest Arab population of any community in the United States and is home to the new 38,500-square-foot, $16 million Arab American National Museum, which opened in May 2005. This soaring, three-story museum adorned in blue ceramic tiles from Morocco is the first of its kind in the world.

Baseball Diamond by Steven Kovich  Campus Martius Tulips by DMCVB  Detroit International Riverfront  Monorail by Bill Bowen

     In Dearborn there's no better place in the area to get a kabob, shawarma or shot of raw juice. Some of the best are La Shish and La Pita. The New Yasmeen Bakery is also essential for after-dining sweets. If you prefer to chef up your own middle-eastern feast, visit Mati's Deli and the Greenland Market/Grocer for complete supplies.
     In mid-town Detroit, take in the Detroit Institute of Art, the Detroit Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum and the newest hipster mecca, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).
     Don't miss The Magic Stick, hotspot of the Detroit rock scene, that helped launch the careers of local bands such as the White Stripes and Von Bondies, and regularly features critically acclaimed indie acts. The Majestic Theatre is a venue infamous as the final place where escape artist Harry Houdini ever performed. The Max or the Max M. Fisher Music Center is home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and features a diversity of jazz, pop and even poetry performances.
     Lake St. Clair, the heart-shaped lake between Great Lakes Erie and Huron that forms Macomb County's eastern border, is a major regional asset. With 31 miles of shoreline and more than 100 marinas, it's no wonder this area is called the Nautical Mile. Brimming with boaters, swimmers, sailors and fishing-folk, all of whom love to while away a day on the lake or at least lake-side, St. Clair Shores offers many opportunities for both.
     Greater Detroit will keep you busy indeed!

Motor City Casino Hotel  Mural by Bill Bowen  Polar Bear Exhibit by Bill Bowen  Side By Side Stadiums by DMCVB

Adam Southwood writes for Canadian, U.S. and European magazines and newspapers. He is a graduate of both McMaster University in Hamilton and UWO in London with an interest in culture and history. He has produced several educational programs for TV.

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Courtesy of the Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau

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