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Located on the banks of Detroit and Rouge rivers, in the southeast of the US Michigan State; Detroit is the largest city of the state, the seat of the Wayne County and the major port in the frontier with Canada. The metropolis is placed 378 km (236 miles) from Toronto, 4 hours by car and crossing Windsor, the Canadian boundary town situated in front of Detroit.

The metropolitan area of Detroit has a population of 5,456,400, one of the biggest of the United States. The city is a national leading industrial hub and a world-wide famous automotive center; it’s the reason why the city is called “The Motor City” or "Motown".

The city was founded by the French Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac with the name of "la Ville d'Etroit" (the town at the straits) in 1701. After a while held by the French, the city passed to British rule. In 1815 Detroit was integrated into the United States subsequent to years of war with the royalist army.

During the 19th century Detroit was compared to Paris due to its gorgeous architecture and picturesque parks. Since the early 20th century, the city became an industrial core with a huge concentration of factories thanks to its steel richness.

But Detroit it's not just a huge auto factory of Ford, GM, Olds, Chevrolet, Volkswagen of America and Dodge; the city is also becoming a popular tourist place despite that in past decades it was reputed to be a dangerous metropolis plagued with crime and racial divisions. Today Detroit is a healthier urban area with a distinguished ethnic variety, mainly European.

Classical Ford Sedan Alger Memorial Fountain - Detroit Institute of Arts

Motown offers also to its visitors various opportunities for shopping manufacturing, nightlife and dining. The city boasts world-class museums (Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts) and sporting events (house of the NBA's Detroit Pistons, NFL's Detroit Lions, MLB’s Detroit Tigers and NHL's Detroit Red Wings), theaters (Fox Theater, Detroit Opera House, and Orchestral Hall), art galleries, clubs, casinos and parks (Campus Martius Park, Hart Plaza).

Today, renovated technological businesses and residential developments have revived the glory of the old Detroit, but more orderly. For music lovers, Detroit is famous for its festivals (Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival, Detroit Electronic Music Festival) and its record label which has introduced the world to celebrities like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Temptations and Diana Ross, among others.

The principal attractions of the city are its historic neighborhoods that include the old Irish Corktown, the Greektown, the Mexicantown and the Victorian-styled Woodbridge; the 7 skyscrapers Renaissance Center (or Ren Cen), the Henry Ford complex and the Eastern Market.

The city is well-connected with Toronto through the bus service (5 hours trip) and with the major U.S. cities through the Amtrak train service, such as Chicago (6 hours), New York (20 hours) and Washington (16 hours). Detroit Metro Airport, located at Romulus (20 minutes from the city), has one of the most dense air traffic in North America and counts with a wide selection of facilities.

Find more information in the Official Website of Detroit City.

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