Detroit is a major port city on the Detroit River and the only major U.S. city that looks south to Canada.
This is a city with a very interesting history - a city made, lost and now on the rebound. Behind it all is a vibe unlike anywhere else. People here acknowledge the grit, embrace the edginess and become enriched by it all. The result is sights, events and attractions that are overwhelmingly real. Downtown represents the hope of what Detroit can be: a blend of old and new, independent shops and national chains, residential and business.
The city's riverfront has seen a major rejuvenation with developments like the Detroit River Walk which includes miles of parks and fountains. In addition, there is the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge which is the only international wildlife preserve in North America, uniquely located in the heart of a major metropolitan area. The Refuge includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands along 48 miles of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie shoreline.
You can’t ignore the two things that put Detroit on the map and gave way to the nicknames Motor City and Motown.
In 1904, Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company. Ford's manufacturing and those of automotive pioneers William C. Durant, the Dodge brothers, Packard, and Walter Chrysler reinforced Detroit's status as the world's automotive capital. Today, you can visit the Henry Ford Museum and the Ford Rouge Factory where actual assembly still takes place.
Berry Gordy, Jr. founded Motown Records which rose to prominence during the 1960s and early 1970s with acts such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and the Jackson 5. Today you can step right back in time with a visit to the Motown Historical Museum and 'Hitsville U.S.A' – the Gordy home and first headquarters.