Detroit December 03, 2017
10 Iconic Places Every True Detroiter Will Instantly Recognize
Whether you’re a lifelong Detroiter or an occasional visitor, there are a few spots throughout the city that stand out among the rest. Some of these locales have been around for generations, while others have only appeared in the last several decades. Regardless of their histories, they have one thing in common: they’ve established themselves as Motor City icons.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Guardian Building (500 Griswold Street)
This breathtaking skyscraper in Detroit’s financial district has long stood as a gorgeous example of both Art Deco and Mayan Revival architectural design. Built in 1928, this Motor City icon is unmissable and adds a unique detail to the Detroit skyline.
2. The DIA (5200 Woodward Ave)
If you’re a fan of art, you’ve undoubtedly spent your fair share of time at the Detroit Institute of Art. Whether you’re marveling at the beautiful murals by Diego Rivera or strolling through galleries of modern sculptures, there’s plenty to love here. This fascinating locale has been in operation since 1927.
3. The Renaissance Center (Detroit Riverfront)
The Ren Cen is a more recent addition to the Motor City, having been constructed in the late 1970s, but that doesn’t make it any less iconic! Detroiters of today can hardly imagine the skyline without those familiar cylindrical towers. With offices, restaurants, a hotel, and so much more, the Ren Cen is truly a Detroit fixture.
4. The Masonic Temple (500 Temple Street)
Opened in 1926, this temple is actually the largest of its sort the world. The building itself is a labyrinth of fascinating attractions, from ballrooms to concerts halls to a swimming pool and bowling alley. Today, the temple hosts all sorts of unique events and draws in visitors with its beautiful neo-gothic style.
5. Comerica Park (2100 Woodward Ave)
We know, we know: nothing beats the iconic Tiger Stadium, but Comerica Park has certainly found a rightful place in our hearts over the years. We’ve been watching our beloved Tigers play baseball here since 2000, and there’s nothing more classically Detroit than heading out for a day at the ballpark. If you’re from the Motor City, you’re devoted to our teams.
6. The Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave)
It’s tough to imagine a venue more breathtaking than the Fox Theatre. This incredibly intricate locale was constructed in the mid 1920s and can hold more than 5,000 guests at any given time. As soon as you step inside, you’ll be blown away by the regal beauty of the theatre itself, which shines in tones of gold. Visitors of all ages will feel like royalty as they enjoy a show in this stunning atmosphere.
7. The Motown Museum/Hitsville USA (2648 W Grand Blvd)
Detroit is the proud home of Motown music, and there are few spots in the city quite so iconic as the Motown Museum itself. Once the base for Hitsville USA, this small but mighty studio cranked out some of the most beloved music of our lifetime. Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five, Diana Ross and The Supremes… the list of icon clientele goes on and on.
8. Belle Isle
Detroit’s delightful island park is a must-visit for first-timers and longtime residents alike. There’s a simple, elegant beauty to this peaceful spot, which features everything from an aquarium to a breathtaking botanical garden. When you’re seeking an escape from city life, venture to Belle Isle for some well-deserved quietude.
9. Michigan Central Station (2001 15th Street)
While this once-bustling train station now sits abandoned, it still serves as an undeniable symbol of the Motor City. Its presence reminds Detroiters of the city’s bold beginnings, struggles, and hope for the future. There’s something eerily beautiful about staring up at such a commanding locale that now sits empty.
10. The Spirit of Detroit (2 Woodward Ave)
Nothing captures the true heart of the Motor City quite like the Spirit of Detroit statue. This work of art was created by Marshall Fredericks in 1958 and reminds Detroiters of the city’s unshakeable perseverance. Throughout the years, the statue has even been known to wear the jerseys of local sports teams, which only adds to its status as an icon in the Motor City.
It’s your turn to speak up, Detroiters: have we left any must-see iconic spots off our list? Let us know in the comment section below, and keep spreading that undeniable Motor City pride!