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Motor City Is on the Rise

Detroit hasn't exactly enjoyed a welcoming reputation over the years. Though still gritty, today, Detroit is a growing hub for artists and entrepreneurs, and visitors can explore its past on an architectural walking tour or at the Henry Ford and Motown museums.

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Ford Atlas Concept
Ford Atlas Concept

Ford Atlas Concept

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford Motor Company unveiled the Atlas concept truck, which allowed people to get their first glimpse at the future of the F-Series pickup line. Approximately 6,000 members of the media from 68 countries will attend the show this year. The auto show is open to the public from Saturday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 27. 960 1280

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Bentley Continental GT

Bentley Continental GT

Reach 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds thanks to the extra 16-horsepower torque engine in the new Bentley Continental GT speed convertible. In addition to improved gas mileage, this Bentley’s upgraded infotainment system provides more points of interest, optional satellite landscape imagery and live traffic data. 960 1280

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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

For the first time in 9 years, Chevrolet has revamped its Corvette Stingray. The controversial new design has created some buzz among car connoisseurs. The Corvette’s signature round taillights have been replaced with square lights that lean away from the center. 960 1280

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BMW 4 Series i3 Coupe

BMW 4 Series i3 Coupe

BMW unveiled its concept sports car, the i3 Coupe, at the auto show. The automaker claims that this is the first car to be part of the world’s first all-electric series. And to appeal more to the sports car market, BMW has made the car wider with a flowing design seen from the grill, along the window line and across the rear. 960 1280

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Ford Focus

Ford Focus

Charge it up and go! The Ford Focus electric car comes equipped with a home charging unit. 960 1280

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Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis

The Korean carmaker Hyundai is trying to expand its reach into the luxury car market with Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis. The car’s eye-tracking feature allows the driver to select a function with a single glance, while the 3D system allows the driver to use minimal gestures to make their selection. Perfect for keeping the driver less distracted during a fun road trip. 960 1280

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Mercedes-Benz Showroom

Mercedes-Benz Showroom

Mercedes-Benz, like most big automakers, has its own section at the Detroit auto show. Some of the new cars on display include the Mercedes-Benz SL550, E 63 AMG and CLA 200. 960 1280

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Tesla Model X Concept SUV

Tesla Model X Concept SUV

Franz Von Holzhausen, chief designer for Tesla, talks about the Model X family SUV/minivan prototype with rear gull-wing doors to give passengers more room to move around in the center row and to add ease when removing groceries or setting up a child seat. 960 1280

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Ford Showroom

Ford Showroom

Ford Motor Company displays their latest cars, trucks and SUVs for the thousands of spectators expected to converge on Joe Louis Arena for the auto show. 960 1280

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Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman

An auto aficionado photographs a 2014 Porsche Cayman. New features include adaptive cruise control, automatic braking to avoid collisions and a 12-speaker, 800-watt Burmester audio system. It is also the first Porsche to offer push-button start. 960 1280

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Nissan Resonance

Nissan Resonance

Dr. Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of the Nissan Motor Company, unveils the new Nissan Resonance concept hybrid-electric vehicle at the auto show. 960 1280

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Acura NSX

Acura NSX

An upgrade from the 2012 concept model, the Acura NSX is now a step closer to production in 2015. The updated 2-seat, hybrid coupe features a mid-mounted V6 engine that is being developed in the US where it will also be built. 960 1280

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Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

At the 2013 NAIAS, auto enthusiasts will be able to get an inside view of the comfy, rear-facing seats in the new Tesla Model S. 960 1280

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Comerica Park
Comerica Park

Comerica Park

Welcome to Comerica Park, where the Detroit Tigers play all their home baseball games. The Fly Ball Ferris wheel, Beer Hall, Comerica carousel and the Detroit Tigers Walk of Fame are fun park attractions for fans of all ages. 960 1280

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AT&T Park

AT&T Park

Located in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, AT&T Park has been home to Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants since 2000. While in the area, tourists and baseball fans can picnic at China Basin Park, check out the Giants’ Wall of Fame and enjoy fun activities in the Coca-Cola Fan Lot -- before or after the game. 960 1280

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MGM Grand Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit

Stay at the MGM Grand Detroit, one of 3 casino resort hotels in the city. R&B singer Ashanti, rock ‘n’ roller Kid Rock and other celebrities have been spotted here. It is the first luxury casino resort hotel in a major metropolis outside of Las Vegas. 960 1280

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St. Regis San Francisco

St. Regis San Francisco

Built in 2005, the St. Regis San Francisco -- located in the city’s SoMa neighborhood -- offers the best in luxury: rooms with great beds and bathrooms, 24-hour butler service, Ame restaurant (which combines Eastern and Western flavors), the exclusive Remede Spa and a pool. 960 1280

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Motown Historical Museum

Motown Historical Museum

Travel back in time to see where soulful legends -- including Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross & The Supremes created some of the biggest hits in American music history. The popular tourist attraction chronicles the life of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and the evolution of the entertainment enterprise through photographs, artwork, music, costumes and other memorabilia. 960 1280

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Take a leisurely stroll through the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to see its internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art. The dynamic art center is home to about 27,000 paintings, sculptures, photography, architecture and media arts for visitors to learn, reflect and be inspired. 960 1280

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Edsel Ford Freeway

Edsel Ford Freeway

Don’t expect a quick commute in Detroit. According to state police, 24 mph is usually as fast as cars can travel along the Edsel Ford Freeway during congested traffic or when bottleneck traffic strikes in the Motor City, going eastbound near Linwood Avenue. 960 1280

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James Lick Freeway

James Lick Freeway

Traffic reporters urge tourists to avoid driving on the James Lick Freeway (US 101) in the afternoon, when the traffic is usually bumper to bumper. Leaving the city? Try heading out of the City by the Bay in the morning when traffic is still hectic but not as congested as it is during the afternoon rush hour. 960 1280

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The Uniroyal Tire

The Uniroyal Tire

Take a short trip to the Detroit suburb of Allen Park to see the world’s largest tire. The 12-ton Uniroyal Tire, once a Ferris wheel at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, was moved to its current roadside location in 1966. 960 1280

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Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Gangsters, including Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, were locked behind bars on Alcatraz Island, located in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz is home to an abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast and a military fort. 960 1280

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Detroit People Mover

Detroit People Mover

Get around Detroit’s Central Business District with the Detroit People Mover -- a light-rail system that operates on an elevated, single-track loop, with connections to local courts, sports arenas, major hotels, retail districts and more. 960 1280

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Market Street Railway

Market Street Railway

Locals and tourists make their way around San Francisco on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and the Market Street Railway, aka streetcars. A streetcar ride is a great way to explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, stunning vistas and historic sites. 960 1280

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Coney Island Hot Dogs

Coney Island Hot Dogs

Chili dogs called Coney Island hot dogs are a hot commodity in the Motor City. Try one of these delicious hot dogs with all the fixings at Lafayette Coney Island (pictured) or stop by next door to sample one at American Coney Island. 960 1280

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Cioppino

Cioppino

During your visit to the City by the Bay, make sure you try cioppino. This fish stew originated in San Francisco. The Italian-American dish is usually a combination of Dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, fish, fresh tomatoes and wine sauce. 960 1280

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