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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.