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Greektown - Nightime is when Greektown begins to jump and move, the whole area becomes alive. Filled with restaurants, clubs, shops and a casino the predominately Greek area features some of Greek cultures finest. The upscale neighborhood offers excellent Greek bakeries and restaurants at affordable prices.

Twelve Oaks Mall , Almost single-handedly, the construction of Twelve Oaks Mall turned Novi from a sleepy village into a booming suburb. Ideally situated to provide freeway access to both the newer northern and western suburbs of Detroit, Novi is in the center of explosive upscale growth. The mall's large, eclectic selection of mid- to upper-mid-range retailers perfectly suits consumers in the area, and the result is one of the United States's most productive retail properties. Around the mall has sprung up the usual collection of ancillary stores, restaurants and bars, and even eight-lane highways often can't cope with the sheer volume of attendant traffic.

Somerset Collection , Michigan's most upscale shopping mall is so impressed with its offerings that it calls itself a "collection," not a mall. Indeed, many shoppers would consider some of these stores works of art. Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren/Polo, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Neiman-Marcus and Hudson's are among the top destinations. Even during the busiest shopping days, Somerset has an unusual air of decorum. It's the equivalent of putting New York's Fifth Avenue indoors. Several dining options rise above the typical mall fare, but then, you'd expect that from a place that doesn't consider itself a mall.

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Detroit Science Center Always a favorite destination for school groups, this center will include a renovated Imax theater and a state-of-the-art Digital Dome Theater featuring star shows, slide presentations, laser displays and video programs. Demonstrations and exhibits will be greatly expanded, and the new center expects to host a half-million visitors annually. A recent expansion made the science center one of the largest in the nation.

Yankee Air Museum Located in a restored hangar at Willow Run Airport, the Yankee Air Museum includes historic aircraft from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other eras. A huge B-52 jet bomber is near the hangar, which was built in 1941 as part of Willow Run's efforts to produce thousands of bombers for World War II. Display rooms are full of historic artifacts, and you can watch mechanics restoring vintage planes. A large library is on site, and various workshops and seminars are offered. The historic airport, now used for private and military planes, is about a 15 minutes' drive west of Metro Airport.

Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame –If you like things that zoom, this is worth the trip to Novi. Located in the Novi Expo Center, about a 40-minute drive from downtown Detroit, this new museum has a fascinating collection of race vehicles, including some that hold land and water speed records. The Hall of Fame has nearly 100 inductees in 10 motor sports categories including air racing, snowmobiling, motorcycling, boating, trucking and various car racing areas. Driving simulators and other games, slot cars and racing videos are part of the experience of total immersion in racing. It's a unique museum in that it covers so many types of racing vehicles.

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Intermezzo - Enjoy fine Italian cusine and wine in dowtown Detriot at the modern converted loft, Intermezzo. Featuring live music most nights guests can sit by the window and wathc the city buzz below. The menu features pizza, veal, pasta and seafood. This is the perfect place to eat dinner before strolling over to the Detriot Opera house.

Memphis Smoke - Looking for an exciting night out? Then stop by Memphis Smoke. True to it's name the atmosphere is dark and smoky like a true blues club. Blues bands stop by and show what they can do nightly on stage. The menu offers a wide variety of southern down-home choices like catfish, ribs and red beans and rice.

Hockeytown Café - This upscale dowtown sports bar is run by Mike Ilitch who capitalizes on his Red Wing's hockey team. Located in the same building as The Second City Comedy Club Hockeytown Café is a great start to any evening. The exterior is a Red Wings fan's dream come true with a giant hockey ouck, ticker board and large vidoe screens. Memorbillia covers the interior and beer is chilled in a seven-inch-w9ide 'ring of ice'. A hockey lovers paradise.

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Detroit Science Center Always a favorite destination for school groups, this center will include a renovated Imax theater and a state-of-the-art Digital Dome Theater featuring star shows, slide presentations, laser displays and video programs. Demonstrations and exhibits will be greatly expanded, and the new center expects to host a half-million visitors annually. A recent expansion made the science center one of the largest in the nation.

Yankee Air Museum Located in a restored hangar at Willow Run Airport, the Yankee Air Museum includes historic aircraft from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and other eras. A huge B-52 jet bomber is near the hangar, which was built in 1941 as part of Willow Run's efforts to produce thousands of bombers for World War II. Display rooms are full of historic artifacts, and you can watch mechanics restoring vintage planes. A large library is on site, and various workshops and seminars are offered. The historic airport, now used for private and military planes, is about a 15 minutes' drive west of Metro Airport.

Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame –If you like things that zoom, this is worth the trip to Novi. Located in the Novi Expo Center, about a 40-minute drive from downtown Detroit, this new museum has a fascinating collection of race vehicles, including some that hold land and water speed records. The Hall of Fame has nearly 100 inductees in 10 motor sports categories including air racing, snowmobiling, motorcycling, boating, trucking and various car racing areas. Driving simulators and other games, slot cars and racing videos are part of the experience of total immersion in racing. It's a unique museum in that it covers so many types of racing vehicles.

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