Motor City and Motown: My Visit to Detroit

I recently got the chance to visit Detroit during a business trip. (I have to admit that getting to travel is one of the things that I love most about my job.) I spent most of my trip  in training, but I did get to spend a little time exploring the city.

Detroit is beautiful. It is full of art and culture and I could have spent a week exploring.  With my limited exploring time (12-ish hours), I tried to make the most of my time there. So a few of my co-workers days I set out to see the city

Our first stop was the Motown Museum  and I have to say, if you’re in the area and you haven’t visited the Motown Museum, you have to check it out. To start, the tour guide was unbelievable. She was energetic, knowledgeable, and very talented (she did sing for us).  As we went through the museum, we were able to see the home and offices of Barry Gordy, as well as memorabilia donated by Micheal Jackson and Stevie Wonder. To top it all off,  you finish your tour with a song and dance in the famous Studio A.

Fair warning, you will be singing Motown songs for the rest of the day (or week). I actually started downloading Motown playlists from Apple Music because I could not get the songs out of my head. What a wonderful problem to have!

I got to end my day of exploration with my first trip to Trader Joe’s (we don’t have one in Southern MS) and visiting the GM Renaissance Center. I know for some getting to shop at Trader Joe’s is not a big deal, but I see others posting about how amazing it is so I had to check it out for myself. And I loved it! All I bought was this amazing soap only because I had no way to get anything else home.  With how TSA treats suitcases, I don’t think anything else would have survived the trip.

Next we went to the GM Renaissance Center. We didn’t take the tour of the building, but we did take the scenic ride up to the 72nd floor to see the view of Detroit, and Canada at night. I’m afraid of heights so it was terrifying once the glass elevator was higher than all the surrounding buildings, but we made it with minima freaking out and it was worth it.

I would have loved to have crossed the border into Canada, but since my passport has expired I had to settle for looking at it from across the river.

Sorry the pictures are a little rough, but the view was breathtaking and I wanted to share it with y’all.

I’m glad I’m home, but I cannot wait till I am able to go back and see more of this vibrant city.

Have you been to Detroit? What’s your favorite part of the city and what should I visit next time? Let me know in the comments!

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