Even though we’re in t the first round of NHL playoffs, and baseball season just got underway, it’s time to start planning your trips for the 2014 NFL season! Yes, that’s right, football. The National Football League (NFL) released its 2014 schedule this week.

Over the next few months, we’ll be highlighting fun facts about the various NFL cities, starting with the National Football Conference (NFC) teams.

Here are seven fun places to see when in Detroit, home of the NFC North’s Detroit Lions:

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
Rodin'S Thinker BwThe DIA is known to have one of the top six art collections in the United States. While there, you can explore more than 100 galleries with works by Degas and Cezanne. They are home to a diversity of art: American, European, Modern and Contemporary and Graphic Art, so there is something for everyone.


charles-h.-wright-museum-of-african-american-historyCharles H. Wrights Museum of African American History
This museum is the largest dedicated to the African American experience. It houses over 300 artifacts and is home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection and the Harriet Tubman Collection. There are a number of events and activities planned throughout the year that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their experiences.

Ford Rouge Factory Tour
ford-rouge-factory-tourGet a behind the scenes look at the Ford F-150 assembly line along with classics like the 1965 Ford Mustang. No visit is complete without watching the short films on the plant’s history.

Greenfield VillageOld Classic Car
Travel back in time to America’s past and see historic landmarks such as Thomas Edison’s laboratory. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a ride in a real Model T. You can even learn the art of glass blowing. Greenfield Village also has special events throughout the year.

*Both the Rouge Factory Tour and Greenfield Village are in Dearborn, MI, home to some of the best Lebanese restaurants and bakeries.

Eastern Market
Daisy BouquetsKnown as the oldest and largest open air markets in the country, Eastern Market has a history dating back to the early to the late 1800’s. You’ll find a variety of fruits, veggies, flowers, and locally produced specialty food items at its Saturday market. No visit is complete without stopping by the R. Hirt Jr. & Co. for their gourmet cheese and fresh cut meats.

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Detroit is known for amazing music! Greats such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and others all got their start with Barry Gordie Jr. and Motown Music. Visit and be inspired by one man’s vision, one of the greatest contributions to American music.

Fried CheeseMaybe I’m biased, but Greektown is a must for anyone to visit while in Detroit. Bring your appetite and dine at Pegasus Tavernas, one of the few remaining full-fledged Greek restaurants (and ask to have Spilios as your waiter). Greektown is also home to the Greektown Casino. Keep in mind, the casino and restaurants are especially crowded after sporting events (Tigers, Lions, or Red Wings).

Have you been to Detroit for a game? If not, it’s time you make take a trip to “the mitten” and visit the home of the Honolulu Blue and Silver Detroit Lions.

Have you been to Detroit? If so, where are your favorite things to do while there? Add your comments below.


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