Detroit is the largest city in Michigan. The majestic "Detroit Institute of Arts" is famed for the Detroit Industry Murals painted by Diego Rivera and inspired by the city's ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname "Motor City."
The Detroit Institute of Arts exhibits a representative cross-section of a person's artistic creation from the earliest cultures to today. Its permanent collection includes over 65,000 works of art within more than 100 galleries. These include pieces from Africa, Oceania, and the Indigenous Americas; the art of the Near East and classical antiquity; collections from medieval Europe; and American art and culture.
The Detroit Historical Museum is dedicated to learning about the motor city's intriguing past, including how the city got its nickname as the center of the automotive industry. Exhibits include reconstructions of old model railways, Detroit streets, and dioramas that provide an overview of the city and the things that shaped it. Different exhibits include details about the vital role of the factories and people during World War II, Detroit's part in the Underground Railroad, and other defining features.
The Detroit Zoo occupies more than 125 acres just outside downtown Detroit, home to an astounding number of animals worldwide. The zoo is separated by habitat type, the most popular being the African habitats, home to exotic animals like rhinos, lions, zebras, giraffes, and a South American favorite, the sloth. The four-acre ape habitat is located within this section, which houses a dozen chimpanzees and three silverback gorillas.
Motown Museum : Also referred to as "Hitsville USA" for its iconic sign, the Motown Museum is a small shingle-clad building used from 1957 to 1972 by the studio where recordings of the "Motown sound" were produced. Visitors can visit the actual recording studio where Marvin Gaye and others produced hit songs and the apartment where Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. lived with his family.
Belle Isle : Belle Isle is an island located in the Detroit River, over three miles long and one mile wide, laid out with incredible hiking trails, parkland, and sports facilities. One of the main features is the 'Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory,' which opened in 1904 and includes palms, desert plants, cacti, tropical plants, and a lily pond. The island is also home to the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, which has numerous ship models and other exhibits illustrating the history of shipping on the Great Lakes and reminders of the days of grand Great Lakes cruises like the restored Gothic Room from the S.S. The city of Detroit III.
Late spring to early fall is the best time to visit Detroit. It is when temperatures are the warmest. June, July, and August are the peak season months for tourists, so that hotels can be more expensive. Detroit has freezing temperatures and a fair amount of snow during the winter months.