A premier convention and meeting destination, the city of Detroit is more than just 35,000 competitively priced hotel rooms and numerous spaces for your meeting needs. Undergoing the country's largest urban redevelopment boom, Detroit offers convention and meeting attendees endless activities and attractions that will ensure their visit to the Motor City will not be their last.
It comes as no surprise that Detroit is rife with entertainment and cultural offerings for car lovers. Dearborn offers the Automotive Hall of Fame, The Henry Ford, and the Ford Rogue Factory Tour for those who just can't get enough car talk. In Auburn Hills, the Walter P. Chrysler Museum houses the company's vehicle collection, as well as historical photographs, advertisements, and video footage. Car-centered events abound in the city of Detroit as well. The Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise, held in August, is turning into a summer-long event. In the winter, the Cobo Center or Rock Financial Showplace both frequently host car shows and expos.
The City of Detroit is rich in African-American culture and history, and a great place to start the exploration is a visit to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The museum is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African-American experience, anchored by the remarkable permanent exhibit, "And Still We Rise." Preserving the legacy of Motown, the Motown Historical Museum presents interactive exhibits, original stage clothing worn by famous Motown artists, and rare photos and memorabilia. Groups may top off their immersion into this rich culture with dinner at Beans & Cornbread, an upscale but moderately-priced soul food restaurant. Their spirited Sunday Gospel Brunch is not to be missed, as is the incredible peach cobbler waffle.
For those whose spouses join them in Detroit, some retail therapy is in order. While the guys meet - the girls can shop. Detroit is shopping-crazy with no less than a dozen major malls, boutique-packed suburban downtowns, and countless smaller shopping centers. Both Birmingham and Royal Oak have walkable downtowns packed with unique local shops as well as a smattering of national retailers. Meanwhile, Troy is home to one of the best upscale shopping centers in the country. Somerset Collection's 180 stores include high-end retailers such as Gucci, Cartier, Tiffany, and Louis Vuitton, as well as four department stores. All of this is set in splendor with a soaring atrium, marble flooring, and museum-quality artwork.
Detroit's casinos add to the city's revitalized vibe, providing an exciting entertainment option. Located in three distinct regions of downtown, as well as across the Detroit River in Windsor, the casinos add a bit of Vegas glam to the cityscape. Nestled in the corner of the Greektown historic district, Greektown Casino places an emphasis on fun. Named "Best Casino" by The Detroit News in 2005, the casino is a vibrant gaming and entertainment hub. Whether a gaming pro or not, the MGM Grand Detroit offers slots and table games in a luxurious gaming environment. Dining at the MGM is an event in itself as well. The Wolfgang Puck Grille and the Bourbon Grille offer up tantalizing choices. Adjacent to the casino is a 401-room hotel and an 80 story self-parking garage. For the car enthusiast, Motor City Casino features a Vegas auto theme, hundreds of gaming tables and more than 2,400 slots. The casino also opened a 17-story, 400-room hotel in 2007.
It would be a shame to come to Detroit for business and not take in a game. After all, Detroit is a sports town. There's the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park - ranked among the most family-friendly baseball stadiums in the nation. Of course, the "Bad Boys" of basketball do their thing at the Palace of Auburn Hills, about 40 minutes north of Detroit. The Palace is the largest arena in the NBA, contributing to their record for the highest fan attendance in the league. The Pistons won back-to-back championship titles in 1989, 1990, and again in 2004. Other sports teams include the Detroit Lions, Red Wings, and the Detroit Shock of the Women's National Basketball Association.
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