Detroit has suffered from neglect and corruption for so long that it has become rather famous for this. Downtown, contrary to popular belief, is not dangerous downtown. It's dangerous in some neighborhoods, but downtown is isolated from the rest of the city by freeways. Check it out. The once empty high rise structures are on their way back to use. There is a lot of really great buildings in Detroit left over from its heyday, and then there's the Renaissance Headquarters built by GM, which remains active during working hours. See the individual tips for a lot of this. The walk along the waterfront is totally worthwhile. Lions and Tiger Stadiums are downtown too.
Located on MI-28, somewhat near Bruce Crossing at the junction of US45, Agate Falls makes a nice pit stop. Parking is easy even for big rigs, although caution should be exercised on the loop turn within the park. Pathway leads back under the bridge to a view spot is easy even for wheelchairs, but this view of the falls isn't good for photography. So, I had to take a muddy and steep trail down to the bottom of the falls for these images.
Located on the Middle Branch Ontonagon River, Agate Falls are actually a steep cascade of some 40 foot drop.
My short holidays in Michigan was a success but was not enough to see the many things to do in in this wonderful Country of many great Lakes. My niece and I, however, enjoyed the spectacular recreational Boating day adventure at lake Huron on the way to the strait of Mackinac Island. It was more than a joyful day with the fast Ferry. The beautiful scenic Panorama while sitting on top this open air observation deck was an awesome experience.
Licenzed hobby sailors operating in the Great Lakes shores are provided not only by the State, local and other government units but also by private Companies with charter yachts,transient dockage, fuel, dining, shopping and entertainment options. So far State Michigan has more than 80 Great Lakes Harbors and Marinas which are in function.
Considered one of the longest suspension Bridge in the world is the Mackinac Bridge which is also known as Mighty Mac or Big Mac. It connects the upper and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. It is extended between the lakes Huron and Michigan Lakes starting from the City of St. Ignace on the northern end connecting the southern part of the village of Mackinaw City. It took us 5 hours to drive by car until we reaced this end point. It was a very windy experience ;-)
It's a fabulous museum of art and history. It may not have the world's most famous art pieces, but just about every classically famous artist you could think of is represented - and probably with two works. Why Detroit? Well, it seems that in the 1930s, when Ford, General Motors and Chrysler were in their heyday, the families gave heaps to the DIA to make it world class.
Just west of Ann Arbor, MI is the cute town of Chelsea, home of The Purple Rose Theatre, established by actor and Michigan native Jeff Daniels.
The theatre is intimate and features great american works, especially middle American, by Pulitzer winning playwright Lanford Wilson and Jeff Daniels himself among others.
Currently, Escanaba in Love, the prequel to Escanaba in da Moonlight is showing, written by Jeff Daniels.
Perched atop a massive rock like a castle on Lake Superior, the Marquette Harbor Light is clearly visible from the downtown harbor front. It was first established in 1853 and the current square/integral brick structure built in 1866. Because it is an active Coast Guard station, the lighthouse is not accessible to the public - but we got close. One can park at the local maritime museum and then walk to the spot from which we took this photo.
Situated on the Detroit River, Hart Plaza is a 14-acre (6-hectare) public plaza named in honor of former Michigan Senator Philip A. Hart. The plaza was designed by Japanese architect Isamu Noguchi, and opened in 1975. It features several amphitheaters, an ice-skating rink, and many works of public art. From the plaza, there is a fine view of Windsor, Ontario on the opposite bank of the Detroit River.
Hart Plaza has a capacity of 40,000 people, and is the venue for Detroit's summertime riverfront festivals, including the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival.
In 2010, the Detroit-Wayne County Port Authority opened a terminal on the plaza's riverfront that can accomodate major cruise ships.
The Coleman A. Young Municipal Center was originally called the City-County Building. However, it was renamed to honor Coleman Young, Detroit's first black mayor, shortly after his death in 1997. It contains the Office of the Mayor, the Detroit City Council, other city department offices, and the offices of the Wayne County government.
The 20-story building is 318 feet (97meters) tall. Designed by the architectural firm of Harley, Ellington and Day, it was constructed between 1950 and 1951.
A feature of the municipal center is the 25-foot (eight-meter) statue entitled Spirit of Detroit that was sculpted by Marshall Frederick. Whenever one of Detroit's sports teams is in contention for its league championship, the statue is outfitted with that team's jersey.
The Renaissance Center is a hotel and convention facility that was completed between 1976 and 1977. The complex includes a central 739-foot (225-meter), 73-story building that is occupied by the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center hotel. Four 534-foot (163-meter), 39-story office towers surround the central tower.
Some of the office space is occupied by General Motors World Headquarters. People interested in automobiles would enjoy a visit to GM World, an exhibit in the Renaissance Center that includes General Motors automobiles from the past to the present.
The center's "People Mover" provides convenient access to the attractions in nearby downtown Detroit.
Cadillac's Landing in downtown Detroit is a historic site marked with a plaque and a statue of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. It marks the spot where the explorer and his men landed and planted the flag of France.
On June 5, 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac set off from Montreal with a convoy of 25 canoes to explore the wilderness to the west. On July 23, 1701, he and his group camped 16 miles (26 kilometers) below the present city of Detroit on what is now Grosse Ile. The next morning, he returned upriver, landed at a strategic spot with a 40-foot (12-meter) bank towering over the river, and planted the flag of France. Cadillac claimed the area in the name of King Louis XIV of France. He then set about erecting a fortress on the site, which he named Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit (the "strait"), in honor of Count Jerome de Pontchartrain, Minister of Marine. From the fort and settlement that grew up around it, the City of Detroit takes its origin.
In the Grand Circus Park there are several Statues to those who shaped Detroit.
The park was neat and clean, no vagrants any where to be seen.
Detroit has many such statues located in and around the city.
Great looking building!! Awesome Architecture
I did not attend services it was a Wednesday afternoon, but the Anglican's are still active here.
7:30 AM – Morning Prayer (Chapel)
8:00 AM – Holy Communion (Chapel)
10:00 AM – Choral Holy Communion†
†Morning Prayer with Holy Communion on the 2nd and 5th Sundays of the month,
exclusive of Advent and Lent
Not only does Mackinac Island not allow motors so the traffic in town consists of people on bicycles and horse-drawn carriages, and not only does the scent of fudge welcome you when you disembark from your ferry, BUT! they also celebrate the blooming of the lilacs that cover the island every June in a beautiful array of colors.
The festival is usually about 10 days long and features a variety of events but the best is the parade. It's an old-fashioned affair with bands and people dressed up in historic outfits walking along with the various groups they belong to waving at the crowds of people that line the main street (Huron, I believe it is called). It's just delightful to see people get this excited about something that doesn't involve anything electronic. They're having fun in a small town way, in a way a lot of people don't anymore. It's not just the flowers, it's the neighbors coming together to make old-timey costumes and hats and just have a good time.
On our great cross country journey of 2008 we drove from Monterey, CA to Washington, DC, and we spent our final night of the trip in East Lansing, Michigan. While I wanted to see the Ohio State - Michigan State football game the next day, tickets were very expensive, and we'd have to give up a whole day of traveling, so we opted for the UMass-Lowell vs Michigan State hockey game instead. Nothing like seeing the defending national champs play!
We stayed at the Quality Inn about a mile or two from campus, and we took taxis both ways. Before the game we wandered around campus a little, lopking at the landmarks, the sports facilities, and the nature, before watching State beat UMass-Lowell 2-1 in a great game, with all three goals scored in front of us and in quick five minute burst.
The next day we got up and were on the road out of the state of Michigan in an hour or so.
84 E. Ferry St., Detroit, Michigan, 48202, United States
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