Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Built in 1904, this historic landmark is best known as the birthplace of the Ford Model T. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant has remained virtually unchanged since Henry Ford crafted what would change transportation forever on these wood-plank floors. Come see dozens of early automobile models, Ford’s old office and even an assembly line.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Touted as the “world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience,” the Wright Museum is a beautiful domed facility with more than 35,000 artifacts and archival materials. Visitors learn about and experience the highs and lows of African American history, from the beginning of humanity to our nation’s 44th president.
Motown Historical Museum
This unassuming building has a fabulous history dating back to the 1960s, when the Motown Record Corporation was at its peak in Detroit. The venerated Studio A has been preserved so you can stand in the same spot where major Motown artists recorded their biggest hits. Collections include Michael Jackson memorabilia and Berry Gordon’s personal items.
Happy Hour at Roast
James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Symon showcases his talents through Roast’s tempting menu, which features classic and delicious items at happy hour. Diners salivate over the roast burger (topped with a fried egg) and cheap pours of beer and wine. The regular dinner menu, adorned with meaty entrees like “Roast Beast” and filet mignon, should be savored as well.
BBQ at Slows
Located in the Corktown Historic District, Slows Bar B Q has been a requisite stop for those in Detroit since it opened in 2005. Slows has a whole slew of beloved menu items, from its signature baby back ribs (cooked with a dry rub) to its gooey mac-n-cheese. Customers also love the sandwiches, from the pulled chicken Yardbird to the one-pound Triple Threat Pork.
Burgers at Vinsetta Garage
The decadent fare at Vinsetta speaks for itself: The ever-popular 3 A.M. Burger is an Angus patty topped with Swiss cheese, maple bacon, a fried egg, fried onion strings and Sriracha mayo. Or get the Macon Bacon Burger, topped with maple bacon, pancetta, grilled Canadian bacon, house-made bacon jam and smoked cheddar. You sure won’t leave here hungry!
Cliff Bell’s is a veritable Detroit landmark, having been around since the 1930s. The prominent jazz club has a swanky ambiance — partly in thanks to its 2005 renovation — and offers three things that have both survived the years and make for a memorably enjoyable evening: live music, tasty dishes and stiff drinks.
Open since the late ‘20s, Fox Theatre has been a Detroit icon for nearly a century. Formerly a movie palace, the theater underwent renovations a few decades ago and emerged as gorgeous as it ever was. Nowadays, you can catch performances like Sesame Street Live, holiday concerts, traveling shows and more.
The Sugar House
This cocktail bar hearkens back to speakeasies of the Prohibition Era, with cozy decor, an extensive menu of exactly 100 mixed drinks and just as many different types of liquor. Sugar House’s bartenders are skilled artists, making it the perfect place to end a day of sightseeing or catch up with an old friend.