- Soak up the creative energy of two musical cities
- Marvel at Detroit’s Art Deco masterpieces with a local guide
- Visit the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland
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Your next stop will be Cleveland, which you’ll reach by rental car. This Midwestern underdog sits on the shores of Lake Erie. Like Detroit, Cleveland was severely affected by deindustrialization, but its allure lies in its parks, its eclectic cultural scene and its location at the gateway to the Great Lakes. While you’re here, you’ll have tickets to the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can spend the rest of your time in Cleveland visiting contemporary art museums, taking in the view from the promenade, relaxing in one of the city’s stylish restaurants or even enjoying a classical concert. Above all, these two cities boast undeniable creative energy and local spirit, yours to discover during this nine-day trip. We’ll provide you with a Wi-Fi router so you can stay connected and send plenty of snaps to your friends back home, and if you need any help or recommendations while you’re here, just ask our local Concierge.
FLIGHT TO DETROIT
Your midwestern adventure begins with an eight-and-a-half-hour flight to Detroit. When you land, you’ll be privately transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city, where you’ll spend three nights. The rooms here are decorated in either a retro or contemporary style, but are all full of character. If you feel like getting active to beat the jet lag, there’s a gym and bikes available at the hotel. After settling in, enjoy a gourmet dinner at the onsite restaurant.
DISCOVER DOWNTOWN DETROIT
You’ll spend half a day today exploring downtown Detroit in the company of a local guide. As you walk, you’ll wander through its industrial wasteland and up-and-coming neighbourhoods to feel the energy that emanates from this fascinating city. You’ll discover Detroit’s complications and contradictions along with its architectural marvels designed by the likes of Albert Kahn, Minoru Yamasaki and Daniel Burnham. Using the Detroit People Mover (a kind of aerial metro), you’ll head to Detroit River, where you’ll visit The Renaissance Center, Hart Plaza, One Woodward Avenue and the famous Guardian Building. Finally, Midtown and the iconic Fisher Building are just an electric tram ride away.
You’ll have two more days to get to know Detroit at your own pace: visit the Detroit Institute of Arts to browse a vast collection of work from antiquity to today, in particular Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals; spend some time admiring innovative and experimental pieces in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD); enjoy an organic lunch on-the-go at Eastern Market, the beating heart of the city where food vendors, musicians and community organisations are surrounded by art galleries and studios. Traverse the Riverwalk to Belle Isle by bike, a peaceful refuge in the middle of the Saint-Clair River where you can take in the view of Canada and the Detroit skyline as daylight fades; visit Corktown to see the imposing Michigan Central Station and breathe in the smell of fresh coffee from the many cafés; learn more about the city’s history at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Museum; go and see The Heidelberg Project, a once-abandoned street transformed into an outdoor art project by local artists; or see a jazz concert at Cliff Bell's, an Art Deco jazz institution that opened in 1935.
DRIVE ON TO CLEVELAND
This morning you’ll pick up your rental car and drive to Cleveland, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in Northern America. This journey takes around three hours. When you arrive, you’ll head straight to your hotel in the centre, an impressive 20th-century building with elegant interiors. Don’t miss happy hour this evening before a delicious dinner at the restaurant.
You’ll have two full days to explore Cleveland your way, but to set you off on the right track, we’ll organise tickets for you to visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. This incredible building combines geometric forms, cantilevered sections and a glass pyramid; inside, you’ll find no less than seven exhibition levels that pay homage to rock through their instruments, sheet music, snippets from films and interviews, and even objects and stage costumes that belonged to the legends of the genre.
When you’re all rocked out, there are plenty of other things to do in this lively city. Don’t miss a visit to West Side Market, the city’s oldest market where you can pick up local produce, fresh pastries and snacks for on-the-go. The Arcade is Cleveland’s iconic historic shopping arcade, which occupies a beautifully renovated stone and brick building that dates back to 1890. This stunning spot is a great place to browse the shops before grabbing a slice of Cleveland pizza. If you’re in the market for a little culture, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art and the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), or let yourself be wowed by a Cleveland Symphony Orchestra performance at Severance Hall. Finally, for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a stroll along the promenade on the edge of the lake and through the green spaces that have afforded this city the nickname the ‘Forest City.’
Today you’ll drive to the airport to return your rental car and take your return flight back to the UK. You’ll fly home via Detroit and arrive back in the UK the following evening.
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At once the cradle of the blues, the birthplace of the American skyscraper and a natural refuge where parks flourish in the middle of the city, Chicago never fails to captivate with its contrasting personalities. From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry, this city showcases the masterpieces of America’s most visionary architects. Explore on foot or by bicycle as you move between contemporary art galleries and the business district, taking in Calder’s 53-foot Flamingo, Miró's Chicago and the interactive fountains and giant screens of Millennium Park. If you have a few extra days to spare, this exciting city is well worth your time.
TORONTO AND NIAGARA FALLS
Halfway between the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes, the capital of Ontario and largest city in Canada sits on the shores of Lake Ontario. Bursting with life, Toronto is one of the first American metropolises, a real melting pot of cultures, creativity and fabulous food. Right on the border, you’ll find the majestic Niagara Falls, which you can reach by car from Toronto. For a truly special experience, take in the view from a helicopter or treat yourself to a night at Niagara with a view of the Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil Falls.
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