Detroit is the most populous city in the US State of Michigan and the largest city of the US-Canada border. It is the seat of Wayne County, and is the primary business, cultural, financial, and transportation center in the Metro Detroit area (conurbation of various cities with Detroit as the capital), a region of over five million people. It has become a significant area and metropolitan region within the US in the early 20th century, and the trend only hastened upon the construction of a freeway system. The city is popular for being the Metonym of the American automobile industry, being an important element of the American “Arsenal of Democracy” to support the Allied Powers during the Second World War. It is more popular for its nicknames, “Motown” or “Motor City” (referring both to the city's music legacy and its contribution to pop culture, as well as to the automobile industry), Renaissance City, City of Straits, The D, Hockeytown, The Automotive Capital of the World, Rock City, and City of Champions, which they earned after having successes in both individual and team sports.
What to see & do
Detroit Music Scene – Detroit's sound is the sound of the world. It is shaped by Detroit's colorful and music past, its cultural diversity, its energy and its future. Many artists have carried this distinct style to the mainstream – showing the distinct D-music that is both suave and exquisite. Up and coming youngsters are now climbing their way up, and for visitors who are after some good hums and strums, they may check out the local gigs here.
Belle Isle Park – the Belle Isle Park is a 982-acre island park located in the Detroit River, between the United States mainland and Canada. It is owned by the city of Detroit, and is the largest city-owned island park in the United States. It is home to various sights, including the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, Nature Zoo, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, and the Detroit Yacht Club on an adjacent island.
Guardian Building – known as Detroit's 'Cathedral of Finance', the Guardian Building was originally created by Union Trust Co., when it required more space after a merger with National Bank of Commerce. The exterior of the building has a granite base with carvings by Corrado Parducci, while the interior boasts of an elaborate 150-foot-long main lobby, a three-storey vaulted ceiling that consisted of an Aztec multicolor design, interlocking hexagons of Rookwood pottery and Pewabic Tile, and giant columns formed from Travertime marble imported from Italy.
How to get around
Detroit's street layout is unique in the sense that it combines wheel-and-spoke, grid, and strip-farm (near the river) layouts. Six major spokes ride out of town, and dividing the whole city to districts. The districts then follow a grid design, creating mostly one-way streets and a highway frenzy that gives character to the whole of the city. It is hard to venture out without a car, and renting is quite cheap so there would be no problems. During the rush hour on Detroit's one-way streets, bicycles may come in handy and cars can be ditched. Further, other means of transport include walking, taking the 'People Mover'(elevated rail), and riding buses.
How to get there
The Detroit Metro Airport is the main airport serving the city. It is located in Romulus, about 20 minutes west of the central business district. It is a major hub for Delta Airweays, and is served by various airlines including Air France, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Frontier, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian, Spirit, Southwest, United Airlines, and US Airways. The airport is connected to major cities, reaching as far as Seoul in South Korea and Sao Paulo in Brazil.
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