Detroit is located in south east Michigan, is the states largest city, and is accessible by car, plane, train and boat. Founded by the Frenchman, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in 1701, it lies across the Detroit River from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Detroit is known for being the birthplace of the modern, mass produced automobile (The Model T was produced here) and for being home to The Detroit Three - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Detroit is also famous for its music including Motown and modern rock, rap and electronica artists.
After years of tension that led to riots in 1967, many inhabitants of Detroit fled for the safety and relative economic stability of the suburbs, making the city only the 11th largest population in the U.S., falling all the way from 4th. A rebirth of culture and economic progress led to improved safety, better business environment, and an increased popularity in Detroit's major sports teams; the Red Wings(hockey), the Tigers(baseball) and Lions(football). The Pistons(basketball) are located in the suburb of Auburn Hills. New stadiums for the Lions and Tigers, the opening of three casino/hotels, and a revamping of businesses in the same neighborhood have made Detroit's "New Center" area a popular destination for people throughout the Midwest.
As with any large city, a visitor must always exercise caution. Detroit has had its share of bad press, but offers so many things to see and do that one should add it to their itinerary.