The City at Straits, also known as “la Ville d’Etroit”, Detroit in Michigan, was founded in 1701. It is one of the Midwest's oldest cities and was originally a strategic Native American and French trading post. This explains the French name. But Detroit has so much more to offer than connections to the Wild West. By the mid-19th century, it was compared to Paris because of its scenic parks and beautiful architecture. Then, during the 20th century, Detroit evolved into the modern Motor City, the city that put the world on wheels. In short, Detroit is ever changing and always a good idea for a visit.
Detroit and its suburbs spread out across an even larger geographical area due to the growth of the automobile industry. Over time, the city has become one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. Even though the city is primarily known for Motown and motors, Detroit is a major steel producer and one of the world’s busiest inland ports. The Detroit River itself is a link to more than forty countries. It is here that steamships, freighters, and private yachts enter.
Metro Detroit is also known for its ethnic diversity. Polish bakeries can be found in Hamtramck, a thriving Middle Eastern community in Dearborn. Mexicantown is great for its various restaurants, which are highly recommended.
The city offers first class shopping, museums that are amongst the best in the entire nation, electric nightlife, and excellent dining. Theaters, and art galleries can be found here as well, completed by parks and an enthusiastic sports-fan culture. The locals are eager to tell you why Detroit is such a great city, which you will experience firsthand when you spend a little time here.