Detroit Sightseeing

This is only a small list of some of the biggest attractions and even though they are listed here, their info is brief. Make sure to check out the district articles for more.

Architecture

The Renaissance Center

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  • Renaissance Center, also known as the Ren Cen, is a group of seven interconnected skyscrapers whose central tower is the tallest building in Michigan and the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. Built in 1977, it has the world's largest rooftop restaurant that can be reached by a glass elevator ride. The headquarters of General Motors, it is on the Detroit International Riverfront. See: Downtown.

  • Fisher Building is a historic Art-Deco building designed by Albert Kahn in 1928. It has been called Detroit's largest art object. See: Midtown-New Center.

  • Guardian Building is a bold example of Art Deco architecture, including art moderne designs. The interior, decorated with mosaic and Pewabic and Rookwood tile, is a must-see. See: Downtown.

  • Westin Book Cadillac Hotel is a recently renovated architectural gem first built in 1928. See: Downtown.

  • Wayne County Building is America's best surviving example of Roman Baroque architecture. See: Downtown.

  • Urban exploration. Detroit is known for its enormous, impressive but decaying relics of American industry and wealth, and thus has much potential for urban exploration. See: Urbex
  • Historic neighborhoods

    Greektown Casino

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  • Corktown is Detroit's oldest neighborhood. It was settled by Irish people from County Cork, hence the name Corktown. Many historic landmarks are located in the neighborhood, such as the Michigan Central Station and Tigers Stadium. See: Southwest Side.

  • Greektown is probably Detroit's most famous neighborhood. It has an endless amount of Greek restaurants and is home to Greektown Casino. See: Downtown.

  • Mexicantown is the fastest growing neighborhood in Detroit. It is famous for its Mexican cuisine, which is evidenced by its vast number of restaurants. See: Southwest Side.

  • Palmer Woods is a private historic neighborhood in the city of Detroit west of Woodward Avenue and north of Palmer Park. See: West Side.
  • Woodbridge is a historic district home to many architecturally significant houses, most of which are Victorian-style. The neighborhood was one of the few that were not affected by Detroit's decay a few decades back. See: Southwest Side.
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    Museums

    Detroit Institute of Arts

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  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African American culture. See: Midtown-New Center.

  • Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the most significant museums in the United States. It has an art collection worth more than one billion dollars. See: Midtown-New Center.

  • Hitsville U.S.A. was Motown Records' first headquarters. Berry Gordy founded it in 1959, and all of the Motown hits were recorded here. Today, the building houses a museum of the history of Motown Records. See: Midtown-New Center.

  • Detroit Historical Museum covers the history of Detroit and its industries.

  • Dossin Great Lakes Museum is a museum devoted to the maritime history of the Great Lakes. One exhibit is the pilot house of a bulk ore freighter.

  • Historic Fort Wayne is a fort built in 1845 to defend Detroit from Canada. It also houses the Tuskegee Airmen Museum.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit hosts modern art exhibits.
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    Parks

    Campus Martius Park

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  • Belle Isle is Detroit's premier park. The 1000-acre park lies in the river between Detroit and Windsor and is reached by bridge. It offers swimming, a nature center, yacht club, rowing club, conservatory, golf course, maritime museum. The park hosts motor racing, off-shore boat racing, concerts and small athletic events. The park, which is larger than Central Park in New York City, shared the same designer.

  • Rouge Park is the largest park in Detroit. The 1200-acre park includes a golf course, model airplane field, swimming pools, hiking and mountain bike trail.

  • Campus Martius Park is Detroit's main urban park. Several skyscrapers surround this park and the adjacent Cadillac Square Park, which was made in 2007 to increase the amount of park space. The park is also home to several monuments, such as the Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' monument, a Civil War monument. See: Downtown.

  • Hart Plaza is a park located on Detroit's riverfront. It offers great views of the city's skyline and also has several monuments, such as Dodge Fountain and the Joe Louis Fist. See: Downtown.

  • Grand Circus Park is a park that connects the financial district to the theatre district. It is also surrounded by many skyscrapers. The park also has many monuments and statues. See: Downtown.
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    It has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States.

     

    Detroit Institute of Arts

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    Campus Martius is the main park of Detroit.

     

    Campus Martius Park

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    Renaissance Center

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    This group of seven interconnected skyscrapers contains the tallest building in Michigan and is considered a symbol of Detroit.

     

    Renaissance Center

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    Located in one of Detroit's poorest neighborhoods known as Black Bottom, Tyree Guyton founded the Heidelberg Project in 1986.

     

    Heidelberg Project

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    Motown Museum

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    "Hitsville U.S.A." is the nickname of Motown Records first headquarters.

     

    Motown Museum

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    This museum, founded in 1965, holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African American culture.

     

    Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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    The James Scott Memorial Fountain is a monument located in Belle Isle Park, in Detroit, Michigan.

     

    James Scott Memorial Fountain

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    Chene Park

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    Located along the riverfront, the park contains a 6,000-seat amphitheater where concerts are regularly scheduled every summer.

     

    Chene Park

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    Guardian Building

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    Built in 1929, the building is a bold example of Art Deco architecture, including art moderne designs.

     

    Guardian Building

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    This non-collecting contemporary art museum is housed in a 22,000 square foot building that used to be a car dealership.

     

    Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

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    Philip A. Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, is a city plaza along the Detroit River.

     

    Philip A. Hart Plaza

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    Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, founded in 1855, is a historic German Catholic parish with a landmark church located at 1828 Jay Stre...

     

    St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church

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    Fox Theatre

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    The Fox is the second largest theater in the country after Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

     

    Fox Theatre

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    The Monument to Joe Louis, known also as "The Fist", is a memorial to the boxer at Detroit's Hart Plaza.

     

    Monument to Joe Louis

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    An 1849 limestone church known primarily for serving Great Lakes sailors and memorialising crew lost at sea.

     

    Mariners' Church

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    Penobscot Building

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    The building was the tallest in Michigan from its completion in 1928 until the construction of the Renaissance Center's central tower in ...

     

    Penobscot Building

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    This National Historic Landmark opened as the second largest office building in the world.

     

    Cadillac Place

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    This historical maritime museum features exhibits such as one of the largest collections of model ships in the world, and the bow anchor ...

     

    Dossin Great Lakes Museum

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    This church was constructed in 1855, and completely rebuilt in 1876. It is an ornately detailed Gothic Revival structure built of limesto...

     

    Fort Street Presbyterian Church

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    This five-acre park connects Detroit's theater district to its financial center.

     

    Grand Circus Park

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