DETROIT AT A GLANCE
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TAKE A LOOK AT DETROIT
Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is also the largest U.S. city on the United States–Canada border, and the seat of government of Wayne County. The city of Detroit had a population of 639,111 at the 2020 census, making it the 27th-most populous city in the United States.
BELLE ISLE PARK
Belle Isle Park — also known as Belle Isle — is located on the Detroit River between the city and Ontario, Canada. The 982-acre park opened in 1880, and it features historic pavilions, bridges, and lagoons.
DETROIT OPERA HOUSE
Located in the city’s entertainment district, the resplendent Detroit Opera House began its life as the Capitol Theater in 1922. At the time, it had more than 4,200 seats and claimed to be the fifth-largest theater in the world.
It’s not Detroit’s tallest skyscraper, but it might be the most beautiful. The Guardian Building — also known as Detroit’s Cathedral of Finance — is a National Historic Landmark. Once you step inside, you’ll immediately understand why.
GENERAL MOTORS RENAISSANCE CENTER
Detroiters know that there’s no better view of their city than the view from the top of the RenCen, or the General Motors Renaissance Center.
CRANBOOK HOUSE AND GARDENS
For a bit of outdoor beauty outside the city, head to Cranbrook House & Gardens in the suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Cranbrook is a 1908 Tudor Arts and Crafts home surrounded by 40 acres of lush, richly landscaped gardens; it was originally the summer home of George and Ellen Booth.
For an all-American college-town experience, head to Ann Arbor, Michigan, only about a 45-minute drive from Detroit. The University of Michigan looms large in this city of 120,000. There are many gorgeous nooks and crannies on campus, including the renowned Nichols Arboretum.