In recent years, the city of Detroit has overcome its association with urban decay in a big way. This city, in the middle of the Rust Belt, is undergoing a renaissance of its own as entrepreneurs and corporations alike find that Detroit has a lot to offer businesses of all kinds and sizes. And if you're flying into Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) airport visit the National Car Rental counter in the northeast corner of the airport to pick up your car and head out to discover all that Detroit has to offer.
Check Out Detroit's Musical Legacy
When you think of rhythm and blues, you probably think of Motown as the place where it all started. The Motown Museum occupies the original American foursquare home and Studio A where artists like Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, and the Jackson 5 got their start. Berry Gordy brought them fame and fortune from this unassuming home. Gordy raised his family on the second-floor flat while producing hit records on the first.
Baker's Keyboard Lounge bills itself as the world's oldest jazz club. While it's not a museum, it is a living testament to the endurance of jazz. Live sets are played six days a week with Monday reserved for live comedy. Performers are a mix of regulars and touring bands for a lively blend of sound.
Become an Urban Archaeologist
While Detroit has seen a lot of investment in rebuilding its downtown and some neighborhoods, not all of it has benefitted. There are a lot of awe-inspiring buildings in a state of ruin and face an uncertain future. One of the more famous destinations is Michigan Central Station, a magnificent railway station built in a Beaux Arts style. It's currently undergoing renovation meaning you can’t venture inside while work is ongoing, but you can view it from the street to get an idea of its grandeur.
Last but not least, make sure to check out the Heidelberg Project. Works of art are found in a residential neighborhood and often include the houses. It's a fascinating way to revitalize a once-neglected neighborhood.
Work hard, Eat harder
Detroit’s primary convention center is the Cobo Center, situated in Downtown Detroit. You’ll find a few parking garages circling the Detroit People mover, an elevated rail system perfect for shuttling throughout downtown.
Detroit has some exceptional restaurants for conducting business winding down at the end of the day. In Midtown, you’ll find Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails. Here, you and your associates can dine on an amalgamation of small plates and craft cocktails. If you’re looking for something on the casual side that will stick to your ribs, pick up some grub at Sweetwater Tavern in downtown.