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Uniquely Detroit

 

What truly defines Detroit you ask?  See the list below.  It contains some of the unique places and recognizable landmarks inherent to the city's history, cultural fabric, and personality.  It's our attempt at giving you Detroit in a nutshell.  Click on the links to learn more!

 

 

8 Mile

The division between Detroit and its suburbs, both actual and symbolic.

 

Ambassador Bridge

The majestic gateway to our Canadian friends to the north -- wait, we mean south (check your map…)!

 

Automotive Heritage

The dawn of the automobile and of the modern industrial age occurred right here in Detroit.

 

Belle Isle

A fantastic, multi-faceted park in the middle of the Detroit River.

 

Better Made Potato Chips

70 years of the finest in potato chips and other snack products.

 

Boston Cooler

An ice cream soda drink made from Vernors and Vanilla ice cream and named after Boston Boulevard in Detroit.

 

Campus Martius Park

Once considered the heart of the City.  Now resurrected with tremendous redevelopment.

 

Coney Islands

The way Detroiters gobble up coneys, you would think they were invented here.

 

Cranbrook

An internationally acclaimed center of education, art, and science in beautiful Bloomfield Hills.

 

Eastern Market

43-acre open-air bazaar founded in 1841.

 

Faygo

Multi-flavored soda that became immensely popular when its television commercial theme song hit #3 on the pop charts.

 

Fisher Building

An art-deco masterpiece of the Detroit skyline with an illuminated golden tower seen for miles at night.

 

Fist

An often-misinterpreted true-to-scale memorial to legendary Detroit boxer Joe Louis.

 

Ford Rouge Factory

The automotive industrial complex that ushered in mass production on a never-before-seen scale.

 

Fox Theatre

Detroit's exquisitely-restored theatre gem and National Historic Landmark.

 

Hart Plaza

The City's riverfront gathering place at the foot of Woodward.

 

Heidelberg Project

Junkyard or incredibly creative artwork?  You decide.

 

Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village

Considered by some to be "America's Greatest History Attraction."

 

Hockeytown

Detroit's nickname spawns from a rabid passion for hockey.

 

J.L. Hudson

Defined Detroit's retail industry during the City's heyday.  Sadly, the building on Woodward Avenue and the company itself are no more.

 

Kronk Gym

The legendary gym founded by Emmanuel Steward and launching pad for some of boxing's greatest fighters.

 

Meadow Brook

Often described as "an American castle," Meadow Brook Hall and its beautiful grounds are astounding.

 

Motown

Detroit molded a unique sound and was the springboard to success for a generation of performers.

 

Olde World Canterbury Village

Christmas is celebrated year-round in this delightful 21-acre village full of specialty shops.

 

Pewabic Pottery

National Historic Landmark nationally renowned for its tile and pottery in unique glazes.

 

Paczki

Delicious Polish favorite guaranteed to add to your waistline.  Find them in Hamtramck on Fat Tuesday.

 

Renaissance Center

Detroit's unmistakable skyline icon again living up to its name and leading Detroit's revitalization.

 

Riverfront

Detroit's lifeblood and most valuable natural asset.

 

Sanders

Luscious hot fudge and chocolate treats.  A Detroit favorite.

 

Spirit of Detroit

Sculpture off Woodward Avenue that inspires and encourages through its celebration of liberty.

 

Techno

Infectious music featuring electronic sounds and a driving beat originated in Detroit and now a worldwide phenomenon.

 

Towne Club

Rumor has it this multi-flavored soda that came in a wooden case may be back in production.  Click here if you know any details!

 

Vernors

Our nation's oldest soda.  A unique version of ginger ale originated during the Civil War.

 

Woodward Avenue

National Scenic Byway that dissects the City and stretches all the way to Pontiac.

 

World's Largest Tire and Nail

You can't miss this Detroit giant display along I-94 a few miles east of Detroit Metro Airport.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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