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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1753 times:

Hi there,
I will be in Detroit soon. I arrive after lunch time, have another day there and leave after that. What could I do in and around Detroit?

I want to go up to Flint and drive around a bit. What else would be reasonable to see? How is Toledo, Lansing, Gr. Rapids? Are there any good Museum related to the Motor History of Detroit and/or Flint?


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1750 times:

1. Detroit Opera House, new production of Carmen opening May 9.
2. Detroit Institute of Arts, the crown jewel of Detroit, newly refurbed. Great Norman Rockwell exhibit.
3. Cranbrook
4. Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford Museum (AKA, America's Attic)
5. Royal Oak for NIght life
6. Summerset Collection for shopping.
7. Take a drive along Lake Shore in Grosse Pointe
8. Detroit Symphony at Orchestra Hall
9. See a Tigers game at Comerica Park
10. Check out the MGM, Greektown, and MotorCity casinos

PM and let me know were you are staying and I can give you some great tips.

Why Flint?

Grand Rapids is a hike, and not sure why you want to go there either.

Ann Arbor would be more interesting than Lansing.

[Edited 2009-05-08 04:32:43]

User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Thanks a lot for your input.

What can be done at Cranbrook, is it just nice? I assume it could be combined well with a ride along the Lake Shore Rd.

I didn't fix on any other town with the exception of Flint, MI. I would like to see it because it has been mentioned in different movies (incl. one of the Moore guy) but I won't expect a beautiful city or so. How about Ann Arbor, is it a nice place?

Are there any regions around Detroit with nice forst or a beautiful scenery?

I might see a Tiger game since they play home that night, are tickets available or are games usually sold out?

I might stay around DTW since I will leave again in the early morning.



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User currently offlineJohns624 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 926 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1726 times:



Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 2):
Are there any regions around Detroit with nice forst or a beautiful scenery?

There's a nice 5 mile hike about 10 miles NW of Ann Arbor in the Pinckney State Recreation Area. It's rolling hills with some nice lakes thrown in.
I second the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village recommendatiion. Forget Flint-nothing there.


User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

There's always a Red Wings playoff game depending on when you're there. Big grin

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19927 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1710 times:



Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 1):
4. Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford Museum (AKA, America's Attic)

That was going to be my recommendation. The locomotives are especially fascinating because of their sheer size.


User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3085 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

I will actually be in Detroit (Farmington Hills) again from May 27th to June 4th visiting family if anyone wants to meet up at DTW and catch a few beers and planes.

I will also recommend Henry Ford and Greenfield Village. Greektown and it's casino are pretty neat too. There is a really good Chicago style pizza joint, I forget the name, but we go there every January after the NAIAS. If you do decide to head south of town, you should check out the Lake Erie Metropark.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1676 times:



Quoting Swissgabe (Thread starter):

I just returned from Detroit a few days ago. I am in the process of typing up a trip report.
From reading your trip reports in the past, you might be interested in touring the many ruins of Detroit. Places such as the old abandon Packard factory, Detroit Central Railway Building, old abandon mansions in Brush Park, the urban prairie that was once neighborhoods that are now mostly vacant with grass and a few occupied homes that about to fall over.

Look up Falstaff, he is an expert on all of that old neat stuff. He is a walking encyclopedia.



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1669 times:
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Quoting Johns624 (Reply 3):
I second the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village recommendatiion.

Hear hear. Make a point to visit the museum. It's well worth it.

A very modest little side-trip would be the Yankee Air Museum. The original burned down, but now you can visit their temporary facilities in the former Zantop hangar on the southwest side of the field. There, you can see (if they are there) the B-17, C-47, B-25, etc. It's not much, but for me, half the fun is wandering around that old hangar. It was used for B-24 assembly back in WWII.

Here are a couple of shots from that hangar:


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User currently offlineCap2008 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1664 times:



Quoting JetsGo (Reply 6):
There is a really good Chicago style pizza joint

Yeah, its called pizzapapalis, its better than some of the big pizza places in chicago. Defiantly my favorite place to eat downtown.

I would defiantly recommend Ann Arbor as a stop, the University of Michigan just finished renovating their main art museum last month, well worth the trip out there if you're into art. Plus there are hundreds of restaurants in the Ann Arbor area, pretty much something from every corner of the world.

I'd also have to agree with the Detroit Institute of arts, its easy to spend half a day in there, if you're a first-timer.

And if you're into the automotive stuff, check out the Ford Rouge Factory tour .http://www.hfmgv.org/rouge/tickets.aspx

You probably won't have time, but If you have a free hour or two, there's an IMAX theater at the Henry Ford Museum, don't know if you've ever seen an IMAX before, but its a pretty cool way to watch a movie.



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1661 times:
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Quoting Cap2008 (Reply 9):
I would defiantly recommend

Well don't let us stand in your way!  Wink

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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1657 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
Look up Falstaff

And what about me?  wink   wink 


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1657 times:



Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 11):
And what about me? wink wink

 Embarrassment
...and DTWclipper!  banghead 

So sorry about that! Embarrassment



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1655 times:



Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
So sorry about that

Ok...your're back on the Christmas Card list!


User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1651 times:

You could walk from one end of NW's terminal to the other. That would take about a day and a half.  Smile


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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3085 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1642 times:



Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 14):

Why walk when you can ride that awesome tram?  Wink



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1638 times:

Here's some more fun stuff:

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2009/...lery.why_I_love_Detroit/index.html


User currently offlineStuckInCA From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1986 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

Why in the world would anyone go to Flint on purpose?

User currently offlineCap2008 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 255 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1603 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 10):
Well don't let us stand in your way!

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah...  ashamed 

That's why I'm an engineering major, less emphasis on spelling  silly 



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User currently offlineAlias1024 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2777 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1593 times:



Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 17):
Why in the world would anyone go to Flint on purpose?

I think that this comment sufficiently explains all that you need to know about Flint.



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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1592 times:



Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 14):
You could walk from one end of NW's terminal to the other. That would take about a day and a half. Smile

Good idea  Wink

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 17):
Why in the world would anyone go to Flint on purpose?

Not for sightseeing of course. I always wanted to see a city which used to be great and been run down after it. I wouldn't do more than drive thru on my way to somewhere else.

Quoting Johns624 (Reply 3):

There's a nice 5 mile hike about 10 miles NW of Ann Arbor in the Pinckney State Recreation Area. It's rolling hills with some nice lakes thrown in.
I second the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village recommendatiion. Forget Flint-nothing there.

I think I might head to Ann Arbour too since it sounds like a nice place.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
I just returned from Detroit a few days ago. I am in the process of typing up a trip report.
From reading your trip reports in the past, you might be interested in touring the many ruins of Detroit. Places such as the old abandon Packard factory, Detroit Central Railway Building, old abandon mansions in Brush Park, the urban prairie that was once neighborhoods that are now mostly vacant with grass and a few occupied homes that about to fall over.

Thanks a lot.

Quoting Cap2008 (Reply 9):
I would defiantly recommend Ann Arbor as a stop, the University of Michigan just finished renovating their main art museum last month, well worth the trip out there if you're into art. Plus there are hundreds of restaurants in the Ann Arbor area, pretty much something from every corner of the world.

I might combine the hike with the Art Museum at the University of Michigan.


Thanks to everyone else too!



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User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1589 times:



Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 20):
Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 14):
You could walk from one end of NW's terminal to the other. That would take about a day and a half. Smile

Good idea

I had a 3 hour layover there once, and actually timed how long it would take to get from one end of the terminal to the other. Without the tram or moving walkways, it timed in at 16 minutes. With the tram (and the time to wait for the tram), it was more like 10.



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1557 times:
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Quoting Cap2008 (Reply 18):
That's why I'm an engineering major, less emphasis on spelling

Actually, I much prefer your spelling/wording. It's as though you're daring anyone to think otherwise.  Big grin

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 20):
I think I might head to Ann Arbour too since it sounds like a nice place.

I recommend having dinner downtown. There are some really nice, original restaurants along Main St, between William and Liberty. Lots of open-air seating and overall, a really nice section of downtown.

2H4



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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

My deepest apologies  Wink


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39905 posts, RR: 75
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1477 times:



Quoting Swissgabe (Thread starter):

Swissgabe:
Check out my trip report in Detroit last week.


Detroit Rock City (SFO-PHL-DTW)
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/148353/


I'd be interested in hearing your feedback and comparison to Pyongyang, North Korea.
Your trip there was one of the coolest trip reports I've ever read.
I saw more abandon buildings in Detroit than Havana and Moscow combined.
You might find Detroit to be an interesting place to explore.



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25 Tb727 : I second that, by far my favorite thing at the Henry Ford Museum. Amazing to see the locomotives, I am planning on going this week with some family f
26 Swissgabe : " target=_blank>http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...8353/ Great Trip Report and cool pictures. Exactly what I'm looking for Thanks a lot. I'm sure
27 Superfly : You guys have a loooooooooong way to go if you want your city to have a European feel to it. Ann Arbor is fine the way it is. A charming Mid-western
28 Tb727 : Sweet trip report. Looks like you took that pic from the top of the Maynard parking garage in A2(Ann Arbor)! They try for the Euro feel, but I agree,
29 FlyDeltaJets87 : If you're into amusement parks, drive down to Ohio and go to Cedar Point for the full day you're in town. I can't wait to go to Cedar Point next Mond
30 Superfly : Yes, you are correct! So it wasn't just me after all? Even the chubby gals I normally I go for were rather snobbish. So I was right; "Go Spartans!" G
31 Tb727 : Yeah, I don't get it man. I've never dated a girl from the city I live in, it's a pain, I have no idea what they are looking for! I guess a nice guy
32 Superfly : Only if you are a professor or big wig at the university. My take is that they are looking for a guy with all of the above but will take them out of
33 2H4 : You know, despite the talk about Detroit's problems and the snobbish A2 women, this thread is making me homesick. I really miss living in the A2/Ypsi
34 Post contains links 2H4 : All the talk about the Henry Ford Museum inspired me to upload my batch of photos from December. Enjoy! 2H4
35 WA707atMSP : When you are driving around Detroit, be sure to play "Telegraph Road", by Dire Straits. 30 years ago, Mark Knopfler was riding in his tour bus on Tele
36 Tb727 : Nice pics 2H4! I am glad to see they fixed up the old DC-3. Last time I was there it was still sitting out back rotting away. It would have been nicer
37 Superfly : That sounds cool. I didn't get a chance on my last trip. I plan on going back to Detroit for the auto show in January. Plus I really like the deep fr
38 Tb727 : Man, you know me, I'm all about ice-fishing! I bought my house because I can walk down the hill 2 minutes and ice fish right in my neighborhood lakes
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