You might not believe it, but Michigan has the most freshwater coastline of any state in the country, all thanks to the Great Lakes. While none of the state's cities are located on the lakes, Detroit sits on the Detroit River looking south into Canada. There are 3.5 miles of waterfront promenade to explore, along with the 1.35 mile Dequindre Cut, a pleasant greenway running along an old sunken rail bed with some interesting graffiti (encouraged, within limits). Explore the area by bike—rent at Wheelhouse Detroit—or just come down and ride the carousel; in summer, there’s a full event schedule that includes major music festivals in Hart Plaza. The city’s waterfront has been undergoing a long—and, like everything else around here, painfully slow—revitalization.
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