Detroit Attractions and Surrounding Areas
Located in the very center of the Great Lakes Region, Metropolitan Detroit is characterized as an international community. It has a population of approximately 4.5 million people, ranking the region among the nation’s leading metro centers. The Metropolitan Detroit area, which sits along the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, serves as a gateway to Canada. Detroit boasts the largest foreign trade zone in the nation in geographic terms as well as sheer volume of goods. A steadily growing economy promises the region a bright economic forecast. Detroit’s impressive skyline is testimony to the area’s enduring economic strength as one of the nation’s leading centers for manufacturing, trade and commerce.
Arts and Culture
Distinguished by its rich and colorful history, Detroit offers multiple museums and historical sites. A diverse medley of performing arts – symphony, opera, dance and theatre – maintain permanent companies in Downtown Detroit.
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Detroit History Museum
- Cranbrook Museum & Gardens
- Pewabic Tile
- Charles H Wright African American History Museum
- The Henry Ford
Rodin’s “The Thinker” outside the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.
Sports and Entertainment
Sports fans will find action in every corner of Southeastern Michigan, from professional teams to the exciting Big Ten collegiate competition. Teams like the NBA Detroit Pistons, Lions football, Red Wings hockey and Tigers baseball combined with horse racing and hydroplane races on the Detroit River bring sports enthusiasts from everywhere.
All four seasons are distinguished by vivid colors and bring spectacular change in the landscape. Michigan’s state park system has nearly 100 national parks and recreational areas covering more than 142 miles of Great Lakes frontage and 462 miles of inland lakes, rivers and streams. From the rolling terrain of southern Michigan to the breathtaking scenery of the Upper Peninsula, the state is perhaps one of the most underrated golf destinations in the country. Whether it’s horseback riding, hiking, skiing, sailing, fishing or golf, the Detroit region provides recreational opportunities for children and adults.
- Motown Historical Museum
- Ford Arts, Beats & Eats
- The Detroit Historical Museum
- The Detroit Public Library
- Renaissance Festival
- Thanksgiving Parade
- Woodward Dream Cruise