What are Detroit’s top sights?

Detroit is the symbol of America’s automotive industry. But there are a handful of places to visit in Motor City where manufacturing cars aren’t the focus. Namely, Detroit Institute of Arts, Greektown, Hart Plaza, Motown Museum and MGM Grand Detroit are all worth a visit.

1. The art. Detroit Institute of Arts has one of the top collections in the country. Get an eyeful of amazing pieces like Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals, which the artist considered to be his most successful work, and Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait.

2. The food. When you get hungry, bring your appetite to Greektown. The more than 100-year-old neighborhood has restaurants serving delicious souvlaki, moussaka, spinach pie and gyros.

3. The plaza. In the middle of Hart Plaza, its 30-foot tall stainless-steel fountain, Dodge Fountain, is quite a sight with its 300 water jets and 300 lights. The plaza itself is a hot spot for summertime festivals, including the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

4. The music. For a sample of Detroit’s musical legacy, visit Motown Museum. There, you’ll find “Hitsville USA,” the house where such legends as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and the Temptations recorded their first songs.

5. The casino. Step into MGM Grand Detroit and you might forget you’re in the heartland. This outpost of the Vegas casino-hotel brings the Strip’s razzle-dazzle to Detroit with gambling galore, celebrity-chef restaurants, and swinging clubs and lounges.

  • On May 3
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    What are the best hotels in Detroit?

    There are plenty of hotels to book in Detroit, but if glitz and gambling are your thing, be sure to reserve a room at Detroit's mega-resort, MGM Grand Detroit. Besides a luxe casino with 90 table games and 4,000 slots, the hotel features five restaurants as well as five bars — so you won't even need to leave the vast property to enjoy all the food and beverages you desire. Be sure to make a reservation at Bourbon Steak, one of chef Michael Mina's gems, serving wood-fired steaks, burgers and even delicious milkshakes. In addition, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel includes a salon — you want to look your best while you're on vacation, after all — and Four-Star Immerse Spa, which offers an indoor pool and Japanese tea ceremonies as well as fabulous treatments. The guest rooms at MGM Grand Detroit offer the kind of luxury you expect from a Four-Star hotel: 42-inch plasma TVs and huge showers with dual showerheads. 
  • On October 16, 2012
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    Where can you watch sports in Detroit?

    Detroiters are widely known as sports fanatics, regardless of wins or losses, these fans stay true to their teams.

    The Red Wings, boasting an incredible 11 Stanley Cup championship wins, are the state’s professional hockey team, and draw quite the crowd each season to Joe Louis Arena. Detroit’s professional basketball team, The Pistons, packs the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    When it comes to football, the Lions, Detroit’s professional football team, call downtown Ford Field their home, which was the site of the 2006 Super Bowl and 2009 Final Four, and the Tigers, Detroit’s professional baseball team, slug it out at Comerica Park.
  • On October 16, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Where can you watch sports in Detroit?

    Detroiters are widely known as sports fanatics, regardless of wins or losses, these fans stay true to their teams.

    The Red Wings, boasting an incredible 11 Stanley Cup championship wins, are the state’s professional hockey team, and draw quite the crowd each season to Joe Louis Arena. Detroit’s professional basketball team, The Pistons, packs the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    When it comes to football, the Lions, Detroit’s professional football team, call downtown Ford Field their home, which was the site of the 2006 Super Bowl and 2009 Final Four, and the Tigers, Detroit’s professional baseball team, slug it out at Comerica Park.
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  • On October 16, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Where can you watch sports in Detroit?

    Detroiters are widely known as sports fanatics, regardless of wins or losses, these fans stay true to their teams.

    The Red Wings, boasting an incredible 11 Stanley Cup championship wins, are the state’s professional hockey team, and draw quite the crowd each season to Joe Louis Arena. Detroit’s professional basketball team, The Pistons, pack the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    When it comes to football, the Lions, Detroit’s professional football team, call downtown Ford Field their home, which was the site of the 2006 Super Bowl and 2009 Final Four, and the Tigers, Detroit’s professional baseball team, slug it out at Comerica Park.
  • On October 16, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Where can you watch sports in Detroit?

    Detroiters are widely known as sports fanatics, regardless of wins or losses, these fans stay true to their teams.

    The Red Wings, boasting an incredible 11 Stanley Cup championship wins, are the state’s professional hockey team, and draw quite the crowd each season. Detroit’s professional basketball team, The Pistons, also pack the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    When it comes to football, the Lions, Detroit’s professional football team, call downtown Ford Field their home, which was the site of the 2006 Super Bowl, and the Tigers, Detroit’s professional baseball team, slug it out at Comerica Park.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Where can you watch sports in Detroit?

    Detroiters are widely known as sports fanatics, regardless of wins or losses, these fans stay true to their teams.

    The Red Wings, boasting an incredible 11 Stanley Cup championship wins, are the state’s professional hockey team, and draw quite the crowd each season. Detroit’s professional basketball team, The Pistons, also pack the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    When it comes to football, the Lions, Detroit’s professional football team, call downtown Ford Field their home, which was the site of the 2006 Super Bowl, and the Tigers, Detroit’s professional baseball team, slug it out at Comerica Park.
  • On November 12, 2011
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    Which Detroit restaurants are the most romantic?

    For those seeking a Detroit night on the town, look no further than Caucus Club, Iridescence Club or Whitney. All restaurants will deliver top-notch cuisine paired with beautiful views of Motor City.

    1. Caucus Club. You can get cozy in Caucus Club, a Detroit classic. The space is pretty dark, save for the soft glow of Tiffany-style lamps. Fun fact, the queen of romantic ballads, Barbra Streisand, got her start singing at this restaurant, one of her first paying gigs.

    2. Iridescence Restaurant. Although Iridescence Restaurant resides inside the bustling MotorCity Casino, you’ll forget about the gaming chaos when you sit in the sophisticated, airy room and peer out the wall of windows and take in the view of Detroit from the 17th-floor restaurant. The seasonal, organic, artfully present cuisine perfectly complements the swanky atmosphere. Be sure to save room for one of the sugary works of art created by award-winning pastry chef Patricia Nash.

    3. Whitney. Housed in what was once the home of lumber baron David Whitney, Jr., this mansion built in 1984 out of South Dakota Jasper (a rare pink granite) was designed in the Romanesque style of architecture. Once inside, you’ll find Tiffany stained-glass windows and crystal chandeliers. The menu features fish, beef, seafood and lamb and includes like blue cheese soufflé with pecans and apple vinaigrette or Great Lakes whitefish with melted tomato and crispy potato. Enjoy these updated versions of traditional favorites in a variety of rooms, including the Music Room, Library or Asian Room.
  • On November 11, 2011
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    What are Detroit’s best overall restaurants?

    When you’re not munching on Greek food in the must-visit Greektown, head over to Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, Iridescence Restaurant or Jimmy Schmidt’s Rattlesnake Club. All rival the Windy City’s famous foodie sophistication.

    1. Bourbon Steak. Celebrity chef Michael Mina’s sleek steakhouse, Four-Star Bourbon Steak, is a carnivore’s delight, offering a variety of cuts of Angus, American Kobe and Japanese Wagyu Beef. But that doesn’t mean the chef’s famous signature items are not also on hand, including Mina’s decadent lobster corn dog, truffle mac and cheese and rosemary duck-fat fries. The chic space, with sleek furnishings and contemporary design, is equal parts upscale sports club and sultry nightclub.

    2. Iridescence Restaurant. With huge windows that frame a view of the twinkling city lights, you don’t have to guess how Iridescence Restaurant, located atop the MotorCity Casino, got its name. Everything from the interior design — including hanging light bulb globes — to the cutting-edge table settings defines urban sophistication. The artfully plated, creative cuisine (much of it organic and seasonal) perfectly complements the swanky atmosphere. Be sure to save room for one of the sugary works of art created by award-winning pastry chef Patricia Nash.

    3. Jimmy Schmidt’s Rattlesnake Club. This Rivertown destination is where well-known James Beard Award-winning chef Jimmy Schmidt offers seasonal, worldly American cuisine. There’s also a dining room (overlooking the river) with an extensive and well-priced wine list. The menu focuses on sustainably harvested and seasonal ingredients, such as Wild Alaskan king salmon or tea-cured free-range duck breast.
  • On November 11, 2011
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are Detroit’s top sights?

    Detroit is the symbol of America’s automotive industry. But there are a handful of places to visit in Motor City where manufacturing cars aren’t the focus. Namely, Detroit Institute of Arts, Greektown, Hart Plaza, Motown Museum and MGM Grand Detroit are all worth a visit.

    1. The art. Detroit Institute of Arts has one of the top collections in the country. Get an eyeful of amazing pieces like Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals, which the artist considered to be his most successful work, and Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait.

    2. The food. When you get hungry, bring your appetite to Greektown. The more than 100-year-old neighborhood has restaurants serving delicious souvlaki, moussaka, spinach pie and gyros.

    3. The plaza. In the middle of Hart Plaza, its 30-foot tall stainless-steel fountain, Dodge Fountain, is quite a sight with its 300 water jets and 300 lights. The plaza itself is a hot spot for summertime festivals, including the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

    4. The music. For a sample of Detroit’s musical legacy, visit Motown Museum. There, you’ll find “Hitsville USA,” the house where such legends as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Jackson 5 and the Temptations recorded their first songs.

    5. The casino. Step into MGM Grand Detroit and you might forget you’re in the heartland. This outpost of the Vegas casino-hotel brings the Strip’s razzle-dazzle to Detroit with gambling galore, celebrity-chef restaurants, and swinging clubs and lounges.