Detroit is the county seat of Wayne County, and 20 minutes from Southfield. It's also the largest city on the U.S. and Canadian border. Detroit is nicknamed the "Motor City" as many American car companies were born and headquarter here.
Homes for rent in this area give families the opportunity to explore this fun spot and figure out what activities there are to do. Aside from its auto history, Detroit is also known for its art culture. Be sure to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts, which is home to some of the best art collections in the nation, as it holds more than 65,000 works of art. Check out a few pieces by Monet, see how the mummies were encased or learn about the meaning behind African masks. Within the museum is also the General Motors Center for African American Art, which displays more than 400 pieces by African American artists.
Facts for Renters
In the 1600s, Detroit was controlled by the French who were fearful that the area would be overtaken by the British, who occupied most of New England. The French decided to settle in Detroit for its access to the Great Lakes and its location right on the river, which would later be named the Detroit River. Detroit was named by the French as "Le Detroit," meaning "The straits."
In the mid 1700s, Detroit was battled for by the British and the French. The British ended up taking over the French posts, causing settlers to move back to parts of Canada such as Quebec. Many of the Iroquois tribes in this area also sided with the British during the fights. Despite the retreat, parts of Detroit still have French history.
If you appreciate the Motown sound, visit the Motown Historical Museum. This establishment teaches visitors about the history of Motown music and Motown records, which was once in Detroit. The word "motown" is a combination of motor and downtown.
Resources for Renters
If you're interested in places to check out in Detroit, drop in at the city website.