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Known across the state for Coney dogs, Faygo, and Better Made chips, Detroiters love their city for its resilience, Midwestern charm, and storied history. From a drink at the Olde Shillelagh in Corktown to a tiger tail at Astoria in Greektown, there's no shortage of things to experience in D-town. But you might want to take a map with you, because Detroit is notoriously difficult to navigate.
Settled by the French in 1701, Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit was an immediately valuable settlement due to its proximity to the Great Lakes, the Detroit River, and Canada. Following the Great Fire of 1805, when most of the city was left in ruins, several architects began planning the new city. Adopting a hub-and-spoke configuration, the city was designed to have hexagonal blocks emanating from Grand Circus. Only half-finished, this plan was eventually abandoned and a traditional grid was overlaid on the existing streets.
Today, this unique layout combines with a series of freeways out to the suburbs that can be a little confusing. But Detroiters know you can orient yourself by looking for the Ambassador Bridge, which, along with a highway tunnel, connects the city to Windsor, Ontario. Or you can look for General Motors' World Headquarters at the Renaissance Center standing tall along the riverfront. Here you'll also find Hart Plaza which marks the location where Fort Pontchartrain once sat. This 14-acre plaza hosts the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival, as well as a myriad of summer events including the Ribs and R&B Music Festival and the massive Ford Detroit Fireworks display.
Once you get out of the Financial District, head on over to Downtown and Campus Martius. You can stroll Woodward and check out the shops, and grab a bite to eat at the food trucks lining Cadillac Square. For authentic eats, check out Slow's BBQ or Big Boy's Burger and Shakes. Then relax and take a seat on the man-made beach in summer, or lace up your skates and hit the ice in winter. From here you're just a quick jaunt from Comerica Park, Little Caesar's Arena, and Ford Field. You'll also find the ornate Fox Theatre, constructed in 1928 and accommodating over 5,000 patrons. The Fox is a great place to see a Broadway show or catch a concert any time of year.
For history and food combined, stop by Eastern Market on a Saturday morning and enjoy the fresh produce, beautiful flowers, and local art for sale in this 150-year old venue. Before you leave, grab a drink at Eastern Market Brewing Co, or a slice at Supino Pizzeria. And if you're looking to relax after all the shopping and eating, take a beautiful drive across MacArthur Bridge and find your way to Belle Isle. Located in the Detroit River, Belle Isle recently became a state park and has experienced an incredible rejuvenation. This 982-acre park is home to the Aquarium and Conservatory, both built in 1904, as well as a golf course, public beach, and numerous other attractions.
While Detroit is known across the country as the Motor City and Motown, Detroiters know there's even more to experience than just the Big Three and Hitsville U.S.A. But with the pest population as diverse as the city's history, it can be hard to enjoy Detroit's energy when earwigs, ants, and spiders are knocking on your door. Invite Pest Gnome to manage your pest control needs, and head on back to Lafayette for a Coney dog and a pop.
Detroit, MI - Tuesday, November 28th, 2023
|Avg Monthly Pest Control Cost||$44.10|
|Avg Ant Control Cost||$260|
|Avg Termite Control Cost||$622|
|Avg Termite Inspection Cost||$138|
|Avg Mice and Rat Control Cost||$342|
|Avg Flea Control Cost||$225|
|Avg Tick Control Cost||$220|
|Avg Wasp Control Cost||$372|