Road Trip

You’ll want to hit the highway at some point this season. Check out what our neighbors to the Northwest have to offer with these five Motor City options:

1. MGM Grand Detroit

This mega-mecca has everything at its fingertips. Inside the hotel is a casino, spa, shopping center, bars and lounges, and world-class restaurants. Outside is the heart of downtown Detroit. 1777 Third St., Detroit; 1-877-888-2121

2. Autopalooza
August is the month for car lovers as a series of auto events hit Detroit and surrounding areas. Check out the Woodward Dream Cruise, the “world’s largest one-day celebration of classic car culture.”

3. The Henry Ford Museum
With everything from museum exhibits to an Imax theater, this museum compound is a trip to America’s automotive past. Sit in the Rosa Parks bus, or see the first Model T. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich., (313) 982-6001

4. Detroit Institute of the Arts
Summer is the time to relax and have fun, and the DIA’s temporary exhibit, Give It a Rest: People at Play showcases just that. Check out the Muppet and monster movies, live music and performance artist DJ Spooky. 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; (313) 833-7900

5. MotorCity Casino Hotel
True decadence. This hotel/casino hosts Detroit’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant, puts digital scales in every bathroom, outfits each room with a plasma TV and iPod docking station, and has a “pillow library” available. 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 1-866-STAY-MCC
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