Alexis Rothenberg, CBS 62/CW50 Intern

Delve into this year-round Detroit, Michigan travel guide: 100 Things to Do in Detroit Before You Die. Enrich your family and self with Michigan culture and local hot spots. Amy S. Eckert guides travelers through historical attractions as well as local sports arenas and famous venues.

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Detroit, Michigan, USA – April 24, 2016: Eastern Market food advertisement banners on the old buildings, downtown in background. iStockPhoto

Eckert is a Detroit native and has explored everything travel-worthy in Michigan.  Now she is sharing her ins and outs with the public in her first Motor City bucket list book. Even if you are a homegrown Michigander, 100 Things to Do in Detroit has secrets and fun facts that you may not have known like Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, claiming to be the world’s oldest operating jazz club which continues the tradition with live Jazz performances at night.

“In the course of my research for this book, I uncovered some places that even long-time Detroiters are unfamiliar with, such as the Ford Piquette Avenue plant, where Henry Ford built his first Model T’s, pre-assembly line,” Eckert shares.


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Eckert’s 130-page guide takes you throughout Metro Detroit. From Alpine Valley in White Lake for some winter fun to Bloomfield Hills’ Cranbrook Art Museum where you can explore their ‘impressive sculpture garden’ during the springtime. She points out activities by season, so you don’t miss out some of Michigan’s seasonal attractions. She also shares some of her personal favorites in Detroit.

“If the weather is nice, there’s no place in Detroit I’d rather spend time than the Riverwalk. I love the mix of people you see there, the shimmering GM Towers and the green spaces, like Milliken State Park and Belle Isle. I also enjoy the collection of independently-owned restaurants and bars in Corktown as well as shopping at City Bird or Frida and the Peacock Room in Midtown.”

This quick and easy read takes you all over the heart of Detroit and can help guide you around the city for a remarkable adventure. Eckert stated, “that the hardest part about writing 100 Things to do in Detroit… was limiting myself to one hundred.” So be sure to be on the lookout for her next book, which is sure to be filled with more secrets and must have experiences within Detroit.

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Alexis Rothenberg is in her final semester at Eastern Michigan University. This April, she will graduate with a Bachelors of Science after completing Eastern’s Electronic Media and Film program. Throughout her four years at Eastern Michigan University, Alexis has discovered her passion for screen writing, producing and costume design.