Detroit, Michigan

Detroit was settled in 1701 as a trading post of New France, and became the largest 18th century French village between Montreal and New Orleans. Discover three centuries of elegant architecture. When evening falls, immerse in Detroit's live music legacy. This is the hometown of Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, and chosen home in the 1940's of Delta Blues legend John Lee Hooker.

Check out Cliff Bell's jazz bar for live nightly music in a 1930's Art Deco atmosphere. Enter jazz-age Detroit at the Cafe D'Mongos speakeasy downtown - they've also got chicken, ribs, and black-eyed peas. Enjoy the Motown Historical Museum. And explore the Detroit Institute of Arts, built in 1885, a crown jewel of this town--as is the spectacular 1920's Fox Theater.

Slows Bar BQ on Michigan Ave. in the historic Corktown District serves up slow-cooked pork brisket and ribs. Or, savor French crepes and quiche in a side-street garden at Le Petit Zinc on Trumbull. Detroit's Eastern Market brims on Saturdays with fresh apples, blueberries, and roses grown by farmers from across the Midwest. Russell Street Deli nearby serves a good breakfast -try their omelette made with smoked Polish sausage from Srodek's local European market.