Welcome to Motor City, the car capital of the world, where you can visit the headquarters of Ford and General Motors. Some of today's top rap and rock musicians got there start here, and the city's musical roots are displayed at the Motown Museum. Test your luck at a casino or catch a pro sports game.
Put yourself in the urban heart of the city, directly across the river from Windsor, Ontario. Gaze at public art -- including a statue of boxer Joe Louis' fist and a Noguchi fountain -- or visit the Institute of Art, featuring works by Picasso, van Gogh, and Giacometti. This area also boasts the Theatre District's Historic State and Fox theaters.
Get your motor running in this northern suburban area. Visit the home of DaimlerChrysler and see beautiful vintage cars at the Walter P. Chrysler Musuem. Check out the Palace of Auburn Hills and watch the high-flying Pistons battle the NBA's best basketball teams. You're also in luck if you like the outdoors -- explore Bald Mountain Park, where you can fish, boat, jet-ski and hike.
Stay in Michigan's high-tech hub, conveniently located at the crossroads of three major highways. Get outdoors on more than 30 miles of cycling, hiking and nature trails. For indoor action, go wild at Northland Center, one of the largest shopping centers in metro Detroit.
Relax in this affluent area, where you have several golf courses to choose from -- Sylvan Glen, Royal Oak, Red Oaks and Pine Trace. If shopping's more your thing, you must check out elegant Somerset Collection. Kids of all ages will have fun splashing around Red Oaks Water Park. For a more historical adventure, visit Troy Museum for a glimpse of Michigan's Past.
Don't visit in January if you want a good deal on a hotel room. Folks from around the globe flock to the Detroit area in mid- to late-January, when the city hosts the world-renowned North American International Auto Show. Room rates tend to increase during this time, as nearly one million visitors have been known to attend this event, where the auto industry's newest designs get revealed.