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Detroit Ranks as Best by USA Today

Posted on Tuesday, November 25 2014 in Culture

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Detroit goes by many names — the Motor City, Motown, Hockeytown, America’s great comeback city, just to name a few. USA Today’s 10Best crowned The D with several other flattering titles:

No. 1 Best Sports City
It was a tough competition, but Detroit took the championship in the sports arena. When it comes to pro sports, Detroit is passionate and loved by fans, oftentimes called the “sports capital of the Midwest.”

No. 2 Best Zoo Exhibit
Polar Bears, seals, snow foxes and a 70-foot-long underground glass tunnel through a water tank make up the Detroit Zoo's Arctic Ring of Life. Learn about the Arctic and how travelers brave the cold and then watch the seals and polar bears play in the largest polar bear exhibit in North America.

No. 3 Best Zoo Lights
Spend the most wonderful time of the year at the Detroit Zoo. Wild Lights includes a 22-foot-tall slide and "The Polar Express" 4-D theater show. Five million lights illuminate this already favorited metro Detroit attraction.

No. 4 Best Airport for a Layover
Did you know Detroit Metro Airport is only a 90-minute flight from 60 percent of the nation’s population? Good thing it’s a major Delta hub and was ranked among the highest in overall customer satisfaction for large airports in the 2010 J.D. Power and Associates North American Airport Satisfaction Study, according to cnn.com.

No. 4 Best Museum for Families 
The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation offers hours of educational family fun. 

No. 5 Best Historic Home Tour
Meadow Brook Hall was the home of auto pioneer John Dodge and Matilda Dodge Wilson. The 110-room Tudor mansion from the '20s gets decked out in holiday decor to host the Holiday Walk each December.

No. 5 Best Airport for Shopping
From coffee to gifts to beauty products, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport has got it all. You may mistake it for a mall.

No. 7 Best Musical Attraction
It's amazing to think that one little house had so much influence on the music industry. Legends like Diana Ross, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye all sang their hits from Studio A, inside a residential house on Grand Boulevard. Watch Allen's Story to learn more about the Motown Museum.

No. 9 Best American Riverfront
The Detroit International RiverWalk is in the middle of a stunning renovation, with nearly four miles of completed riverfront property with parks, plazas, pavilions, pathways and open green space for bikers, joggers and Segway riders. And you can see Canada across the Detroit River.

One of the 10 Best Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods around the USA
Midtown Detroit is one of the city’s most bustling neighborhoods. With world-renowned cultural institutions and new restaurants and businesses frequently popping up, it’s no surprise it’s tough to find a place to live in Midtown.


Where would you rank Detroit on other lists of accomplishments?


Photo Credit: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy (Gabriel Richard Park)