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Omar Aragones in Detroit, Michigan
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Spend a day exploring the musician’s favorite places of his hometown.

Detroit is a behemoth of a city that “just has this way of brewing innovation,” the Motown musician offers. There’s plenty of architecture to see, food to eat, and music to hear. Aragones has picked some of his top spots that can’t be missed.

Where to stay

Out-of-towners should look to booking a stay at the boutique Hotel Trumbull & Porter in Corktown, which is like an artist’s oasis in the big city. Near unique restaurants and entertainment, the Hotel recently underwent a renovation with an appreciation for Detroit’s rich history.

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Where to get satiated

“Stop by Dime Store for creative spins on traditional brunch fare and people watching.” Dig into a steaming hot bowl of noodles at Pho Lucky for lunch, and craft butchery meats at the beautiful Grey Ghost for dinner. Dime Store is located in the Chrysler House, a 23-story skyscraper in Detroit’s downtown Financial District, so there’s plenty to ogle at between bed and breakfast.

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Where to stop for Instagram-worthy Content

The Skip is located in the Downtown Bricktown area and offers whimsical cocktails (from frozen to craft!) in an artful setting. “It’s a perfect spot for stocking up on Instagram content,” the singer suggests.

A view of the Detroit skyline from a city park

A view of the Detroit skyline from a city park
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What to see for free

Take a bike tour of downtown for the best of Detroit’s finest architecture, and make time to explore The Renaissance Center--a group of seven interconnected iconic skyscrapers--as well as The Riverwalk for the parks, pavilions, paths and wide open green space.

Touring Detroit by bicycle

Touring Detroit by bicycle
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Where to hear live music

You won’t want to miss out on taking in a live music show in this city that’s ripe with musical history. “A jazz show at Cliff Bells is the perfect atmosphere for soulful sounds in an intimate setting.”

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Get cultured

As for a finale, visit the Detroit Institute of Arts in Midtown, for a fulfilling history lesson into the city’s music, arts and film culture through over 100 galleries.

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