West Fort Street Detroit, MI 48216 +1 313 202 1800(Toll Free)
This impressive landmark spans the Detroit River west of the twin downtowns of Detroit and Windsor. Ambassador Bridge rises 150 feet above the river, allowing even the tallest ships to pass easily underneath. The view from the bridge is panoramic, on a clear day encompassing both cities, the river, and St. Clair and Erie Lakes. Its length of 9200 feet made it the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1929. It is the busiest border crossing in North America, with more than 10 million vehicles annually. Many of those are trucks, and 27 percent of all merchandise traded between the United States and Canada passes over the bridge. It can be easily reached from I-96 or I-75 and connects via Huron Church Road in Windsor to Highway 401, which leads to Toronto. Expanded customs plazas at both ends of the bridge have eased the congestion, but expect delays of a half-hour or more at peak crossing times.
100 East Jefferson Detroit, MI 48226 +1 313 567 4422
This mile-long tunnel, constructed in 1930 under the Detroit River, is the first vehicular tunnel ever built linking two nations. Heavily used by commuters and travelers, it is one of the busiest border crossings between the United States and Canada, handling nine million vehicles a year, 95 percent of them cars. Its US entrance is right close to the Renaissance Center, and its Canadian outlet is in the middle of Windsor's downtown. Jointly owned by the cities of Windsor and Detroit, it has an elaborate ventilation system that keeps the air clean. It was renovated in the mid-1990s.
170 East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48226 +1 313 259 2206
Dating to the 1840s, Mariners' Church of Detroit was modeled after seamen's chapels on the East Coast of the United States. The Gothic structure has services on Sunday morning and at noon on Thursdays. It is often the site of funerals of Detroit civic notables. The church's mission is to serve Great Lakes sailors and their families, and nautical images festoon the interior. Bells toll whenever a life is lost on the lakes. They most famously rang 29 times in November 1975 with the sinking of an ore ship in Lake Superior, an event immortalized in the popular Gordon Lightfoot song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Come by to offer your prayers or to be simply enchanted by this mystic place.
East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48226 +1 313 202 1800(Tourist Information)
This gigantic concrete expanse at the foot of Woodward Avenue stretches from Jefferson Avenue to the Detroit River. Designed in the 1960s as a civic space by Isamu Noguchi, it includes his unusual twisted spire and fountain. The plaza has a stage and amphitheater and is used for riverfront festivals on summer weekends, the Detroit Jazz Festival, and ice skating in winter. Hart Plaza provides access to a riverfront walkway; it's a favorite spot for fishing and it has an beautiful view of Canada across the river.
2211 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201 +1 313 471 3200
The preservation of this theater is one of Detroit's proudest achievements. The 5048-seat palace of the arts, arguably the most opulent in the nation when it opened in 1928, was designated a national landmark in 1989 after a USD11 million refurbishment by new owner Mike Ilitch. The oldest, continually operating theater in the United States features a 10-story marquee, a six-story lobby with a two-ton chandelier and 300,000 glass jewels in its interior. The exotic presentation of lions, gold fixtures and jaw-dropping grandeur harkens back to the flamboyant era of movie houses. The Fox is now busy with concerts, family-oriented shows and a wide variety of other offerings. It's the anchor of the Theatre District and perhaps Detroit's greatest civic treasure.
600 Civic Center Drive Detroit, MI 48226 +1 313 396 7000
Replacing the beloved old Olympia Stadium in 1974, Joe Louis Arena did not inspire immediate affection because of uninspired architecture, but it's gone on to become one of Detroit's treasures. Named after the Detroit-born boxer of the 1930s, it's the home of the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings but is also used for collegiate hockey, concerts of every variety, wrestling, circus and even Disney on Ice shows. Plus, the Detroit People Mover conveniently stops right by the stadium.
100 Strand Drive Belle Isle Detroit, MI 48207 +1 313 833 5538
On Belle Isle, two cannons from the Battle of Lake Erie mark the entrance to this marine branch of the Detroit Historical Museums. A visit affords a fascinating short course in Detroit's maritime history. Ship models on display range from 19th-century sailing vessels to modern hydroplane racing boats. Another exhibit has yachts owned by automobile magnates in the 1920s and 1930s. Check website for special summer hours.
2000 Brush Street Detroit, MI 48226 +1 313 262 2000
The National Football League's Detroit Lions played outside the city at the Pontiac Silverdome since abandoning Detroit's Tiger Stadium at the end of the 1974 season. In 2002, The Lions moved back to the city and into their new digs at Ford Field, a massive 65,000-seat stadium of steel and glass in the city's downtown entertainment district. Besides sporting events, the facility holds concerts, banquets, corporate events and other special events as well.
2100 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201 +1 313 962 4000
The Detroit Tigers, charter members of Major League Baseball's American League, abandoned the historic Tiger Stadium at the close of the 1999 season. Their new home is now in the downtown Theater District. Named after the bank, whose funds made its creation possible, Comerica Park has something of a circus-like atmosphere with enormous sculptures of tigers, bats and balls, as well as a carousel and ferris wheel. Apart from major baseball championships, this arena also plays host to numerous concerts.
East Jefferson Avenue Detroit, MI 48207 +1 313 202 1800(Tourist Information)
The area on the bank of the Detroit river, that stretches from the Ambassador Bridge to the Belle Isle is the Detroit International Riverfront. An area that extend for 5.5 miles (8.8 kilometers), incorporates various hotels, restaurants, parks along with the popular River Walk, Joe Louis Arena, the COBO Center and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. This riverfront, annually plays host to a number of concerts, festivals, fairs and other major events.
The Detroit Princess riverboat is about everything grand! Docked on
the Detroit River near Hart Plaza, the ship undertakes both private as well as public cruises and offers separate private charterers too. The cruises are generally two to three ...
The Arab American National Museum, located just east of Detroit
in Dearborn, is devoted to educating people about Arab American culture and history. Exhibits include Coming to America and Living in America as well as other exhibits designed to ...
On Belle Isle, two cannons from the Battle of Lake
Erie mark the entrance to this marine branch of the Detroit Historical Museums. A visit affords a fascinating short course in Detroit's maritime history. Ship models on display range ...