Detroit is one of the main attractions of the state. Renowned as the birthplace of the motor car, the legendary names of the original automobile manufacturers like Ford and Chevrolet still resound loudly, offering visitors several attractions paying homage to the motor car. The city is also famous for the Motown record label, founded by former autoworker Berry Gordy Jr, which has introduced the world to stars such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Temptations and Diana Ross, to name but a few.
Despite being the spot where the development of Michigan began back in 1701 when it was founded as a trading post, Detroit is not the capital. The attractive Victorian State Capital stands in Lansing, chosen in 1879 for its location in the centre of the Lower Peninsula which made it less vulnerable to invasion by British forces from Canada. Back then Lansing was a sawmill settlement, but today it vies with Detroit to be the superior Michigan city.