Track Cycling

Indoor cycling, a vintage diner, a rooftop view: Spend a Michigan’s Best fall day in Detroit – MLive.com

DETROIT – One of the great things about Detroit is there is no shortage of ways to have fun, whether you’re hanging out with friends, or heading into Michigan’s largest city for a daytrip or family adventure. We’re sharing some suggestions to help you plan your next trip into “The D.”

The Lexus Velodrome is just the third facility of its kind in the country, bringing Olympic style cycling for all ages to Detroit. Photo by Edward Pevos of MLive.

Lexus Velodrome: Start out with a trip to the track – an indoor cycling track. The Lexus Velodrome in the heart of Detroit offers premiere European-style track cycling. You’ve seen it on the Olympics – now see it closer to home. This tenth of a mile oval with 50-degree banking is fast – there’s no coasting and no brakes. The Velodrome is home to cool events, like the American Cycling League’s Saturday Night Rumble Series and its Championship Games Series, both starting this fall. Want to try it for yourself? Sign up for one of the Velodrome’s Track 101 classes, which are offered daily. For about $40, the coaches there will hook you up with a bike rental, clip-in cycling shoes, a helmet and some tips to get you comfortably around the track. You just supply the nerve.

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From the ’50s jukebox to the vintage bar stools and classic green, red and orange colors, you’ll be transported back in time. Photo by Edward Pevos of MLive.

Karl’s: If you’re ready to step back in time, head to Karl’s diner where the 50s-style jukebox has a place of honor and the classic red, green and orange chairs will put you in a vintage mood. You can order “Pancakes for the Table” or dig into a retro wedge salad. But before you order, you’ve got to find it first. Karl’s is hidden away inside The Siren Hotel on Broadway Street. You walk into the hotel’s lobby, then down a winding hallway, and up two flights of stairs to land at Karl’s.

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Thrillist list the Monarch Club in Detroit as one of the best rooftop bars in the country (Photo by Edward Pevos | MLive)

The Monarch Club: Ending your day of adventure in Detroit with a great view and something good in your glass is the perfect combination. The D is not only home to inventive craft breweries and distilleries, and but old-school bars that know the art of mixing a cocktail. One of our favorites is The Monarch Club, a rooftop bar located in the penthouse of the Metropolitan Building. It puts skyscrapers up close, and gives you sweeping views of downtown.

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This Michigan’s Best Day adventure is sponsored by Perrin Brewing Co.

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