Headed to the Motor City for the Final Four? No matter what your favorite team in the NCAAs, Detroit has something to offer. VisitDetroit.com's Renee Monforton dishes on the city's must-visit spots.
Detroit Science Center"After checking out a little ancient history, speed into the future to Star Trek: The Exhibition," Monforton says. "Visitors can walk around a replica of the original Enterprise's bridge and the transporter room." The science center also has tons of hands-on exhibits for kids, including the Rocket Laboratory and Lumenarium. 313-577-8400; detroitsciencecenter.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts"At the recently renovated and expanded art institute, don't miss the must-see American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell exhibit that features every Saturday Evening Post cover and a large number of Rockwell's exquisitely detailed paintings," Monforton says. "Another popular work of art is the famous Detroit Industry fresco cycle by Diego Rivera, which depicts the importance of industry to the city while surrounding visitors with vibrant color and bold forms." 313-833-7900; dia.org.
Motown Historical MuseumThere will be dancing in the street at this popular museum celebrating all things Motown (motor + town). "You'll stand in the spot where Motown greats like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and the Supremes, among others, stood and recorded their hits," Monforton says. And she means that literally. The museum is housed in what used to be Hitsville USA, the birthplace of Motown Records. For those doing the math, this year marks Motown's 50th anniversary. 313-875-2264; motownmuseum.com.
The Henry Ford MuseumTake a short drive to Dearborn to see the bus made infamous by Rosa Parks, John F. Kennedy's presidential limousine, the Dymaxion House, Abraham Lincoln's chair and countless pieces of America's history. To focus more on the present and future, "watch as a Ford F-150 is built at the Ford Field Factory Tour and catch the newest DC Comics movie, Watchmen, on Michigan's largest IMAX screen," Monforton suggests. 800-835-5237; www.hfmgv.org.
MotorCity CasinoIf you tire of the odds against your sports team, check out one of the city's casinos: Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino. While each has a luxurious hotel and dining options, Monforton recommends MotorCity Casino's rooftop hot spot Iridescence, an AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant. Down in the casino, video slots abound and standard games including poker, blackjack and craps can be played at the tables. 888-856-2145; motorcitycasino.com.
Palace of Auburn HillsSports fans who are looking to make the most of their weekend in Detroit are in luck. "Two of Detroit's five professional sports teams also will be in action Final Four weekend," Monforton says. If you're looking to check out a game other than basketball, the Detroit Red Wings play the Minnesota Wild at Joe Louis Arena on Sunday. But if you're all about the hoops this weekend, get a taste of pro basketball as the Detroit Pistons take on the Charlotte Bobcats at the Palace of Auburn Hills. 248-377-0100; palacenet.com.