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Detroit, the birthplace of Motown
Detroit is not immediately the most appealing destination for a city trip, but appearances sometimes deceive. The largest city in the state of Michigan was known for its automotive industry, but nowadays has a rich entertainment industry with numerous theaters and casinos. You will also find numerous art museums here and the Motown record label has its origins here.
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) is the airport that belongs to the city of Detroit, even though it is located a short distance from the city center. It is the largest airport in the state of Michigan and one of the largest in the United States. You can reach the center in about 45 minutes by bus. However, most people opt for a taxi or rent a car at the airport. This halve the travel time to the center.
Delta Airlines is an American airline that has its home base in Atlanta. It not only connects many American cities, but it also flies to Europe and the rest of the world. It has no fewer than 5,400 destinations to which it flies. Delta Airlines is also one of the founders of the Skyteam alliance to which Air France and KLM also belong.
American Airlines is another major player in the American aviation industry market. It flies to more than 350 destinations worldwide and is part of the airline alliance Oneworld, which also includes British Airways and Iberia. Dallas, LA and New York are important hubs from which flights depart.
Flights from Amsterdam to Detroit have a flight duration of around 8 hours and 50 minutes. Airlines such as Delta offer direct flights. From London you can reach Detroit directly in 8 hours and 40 minutes.
The automotive industry has played a major role in the economic growth of Detroit and the United States. In this museum you will learn everything about the history of the car and American life. Not only the bus in which Rosa Parks refused to stand up is part of the collection, but you can also admire the chair in which Lincoln was sitting when he was shot. Of course you also see everything about Ford's car production.
Not only the car industry, but also the music industry has left its mark on the history of the city. The legendary record label Motown was born here in 1959. Among other things, it brought artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diane Ross & The Supremes and The Four Tops to the general public. A real must for music lovers!
One of the nicest walks in the city is the river walk along the boulevard Riverfront. This boardwalk between Belle Isle Park and the Ambassador Bridge offers a beautiful view of downtown Detroit and the Canadian Windsor.
New York may have Broadway or the most famous theater district in the United States, but Detroit must not be inferior. After all, it is the second largest with the Detroit Opera House and the Fox Theater as the main attractions. The ideal location for a night out for culture lovers.
Despite Detroit's reputation as a car city, renting a car is not the most sustainable way to travel. If your journey is limited to the city of Detroit, travel by public transport.