Detroit, America’s great ‘comeback’ city

Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan. (Wikipedia)

Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan. (Wikipedia)

It’s difficult to watch even local television in Nashville and not hear the ‘Pure Michigan’ commercials. The video feed rolls delightfully around some of the prettiest scenery and beautiful lakes that God ever created. These commercials spotlight specific destination cities in Michigan and some of the key focal points within. In short, these targeted promotions to choose Michigan as a destination place are quite versatile and (no doubt) get the job done—whether driving, arriving by train or flying into one of the country’s major international airports, Metropolitan DTW Airport.

Roll down into the city via the I-94 freeway, and pass another welcoming landmark: the Uniroyal Giant Tire. Wikipedia sites the tire as once having been a giant, functioning Ferris wheel. The famed Giant Tire was first created as a Ferris wheel for the 1964 New York World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens. When the fair ended in 1965, the tire was disassembled and shipped by rail to Detroit, where it was reassembled without its passenger gondolas in 1966 as a static display outside a Uniroyal sales office. Even with the move to Detroit, it is still known as one of the world’s largest roadside attractions. It’s a ‘must see’ indeed.

Now add the captivating promotions for Detroit, which is the largest city in Michigan. It’s the city that “put music in your ears and the world on wheels, and it’s a wrap!” Amid the bad publicity of previous times, various people including the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau have launched a new promotional strategy—it’s one that is working quite effectively and in their favor. ‘Detroit is America’s Great Comeback City’ is the latest slogan and branding tag line. The website is a portal to ‘all things good in the Motor City.’ However, it was once known as the murder capital. But now Detroit is known and revered for its historic museums and numerous major events, places to see, and things to do, like Hitsville or the Motown Museum.

Because of Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, the Four Tops and many more, Detroit has been billed as “the stuff that was made from legends.” Over the years, Motown gave the world some of the best artists and music ever sang or recorded. The downtown area includes numerous landmarks worth visiting as well.

Like the Eastern Market, Greektown comes complete with one of three, full service casinos in the city. The other two are the Motor City and MGM Grand Casinos, with the latter two maybe requiring a short cab, Uber or Lyft ride. Greektown can be reached from the hotel by foot or the People Mover. Nestled in the Greektown area of downtown Detroit are some of the city’s best restaurants and finest dining platforms ever. Find these and more via the Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.visitdetroit.com.

5.Hotel MoneyShotOne major forthcoming event is the annual Ford Fireworks, which will take place on June 26 at 9:48 pm, EDT. Who wouldn’t like to enjoy this up close and personal? One great viewing location in particular is from the Detroit Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center downtown.

They will be viewed amid a breathless backdrop facing the neighboring Windsor, Canada skyline. It’s suggested to check with the hotel for availability and specific fireworks night packages.

Guests will discover spectacular Detroit hotel rooms, ideally suited for both business and leisure travelers.

Boasting stunning views of the Detroit River and Canada, the Marriott is one of the leading hotels in Detroit, including 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including one of the largest ballrooms in Michigan.

Riverwalk

Riverwalk

Guests will discover an unmatched hotel in downtown Detroit that soars 70 floors above the Detroit River and is situated on the RiverWalk, next door to Hart Plaza. The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is one of the leading hotels in Detroit featuring unrivaled amenities and is located in the heart of the city providing access to restaurants, sports and an exciting nightlife. The Detroit People Mover public transportation system enables guests of this Detroit hotel downtown to have easy access to city attractions. Floor-to-ceiling windows highlight Detroit hotel rooms, while an abundance of amenities are available within the famed Renaissance Center. Enjoy prime location in the heart of downtown and delight in natural beauty along the scenic Riverwalk.

The Riverwalk promises to be a memorable experience in its own right and is literally right outside the hotel doors. A day along the Riverwalk will include a melting pot of guests interacting with each other or taking it in alone. The uniqueness of its landscape is covered by a map of the world, showcasing all of the areas normally found on an atlas or globe. It wouldn’t be out of place to see a delightful soccer game, or joggers passing by enjoying yet another fine point of the great city.

3.SeagullhapinessThe view from the Detroit River side is just as favorable as the one from the Canadian side or from yet another Detroit gem, Belle Isle Park. Belle Isle is another Detroit staple that has hosted countless family reunions, canoeing, tennis and a myriad of other sports. It’s also the new home of the internationally renowned Grand Prix car races, and home to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, now a division of the United States Coast Guard. The timeless Belle Isle Conservatory and gardens are famous for weddings and vow renewals. There are so many pleasures to name for this iconic place that it should go down as a ‘must see’ for anyone choosing Detroit as a vacation destination—or a business trip that allows the attendee(s) to squeeze in some of the Mitt-State goodies.

The old Boat Club is being restored, while the Yacht Club is a family oriented beach complete with water slide, a boat launching dock and the noted Giant Slide for kids of all ages, which can be found on Belle Isle.

For further information, see the Convention Bureau’s all-inclusive website at www.visitdetroit.com