Troy, MI at night

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#34. Troy, MI

Michiganders will show you where they’re from by holding up a hand and pointing to the makeshift mitten-shaped map. A suburb of Detroit, Troy, MI is just below the thumb. It’s in the heart of “Automation Alley,” with global automotive technology and manufacturing key industries buffering the local economy. The Somerset Collection, a mall with luxury stores, makes Troy a shopping destination for the area. 

Top Colleges/Universities: Oakland University in neighboring Rochester.

Top Industries & Employers: Troy is at the center of global automotive technology and manufacturing. Auto parts supplier Magna International of America and Flagstar Bancorp Inc. are top employers.

Weekend Plans: Troy Historic Village offers a calendar full of fun events, from blacksmithing classes to yoga at the museum to folk art workshops. For an adrenaline rush, navigate the indoor ropes course at IRC@TG3, which has rappelling stations and ziplines, too. 

Favorite Place to Feast: A melting pot of Asian cuisine is on the menu at Mon Jin Lau, and you can find sushi from this iconic restaurant in local grocery stores. 

Beloved Beverage: The Bennie German Bock, which features hints of caramel, can be found at Granite City Brewery.

Outdoorsy Activity: Make a tee time at Sylvan Glen or Sanctuary Lake golf courses.

Rooftop Bar: Sedona Taphouse serves Southwest cuisine and offers lengthy happy hours.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: They can burn off their zoomies at the Daisy Knight Dog Park, which requires a membership.

Remote Work Perk: Take a lunch break at Stage Nature Center. Scenic trails in this nature preserve are all under 1 mile so that you can get a quick walk in on your break.

One More Thing … Troy was first settled in the 1820s by pioneers from New York and other eastern states. They cleared the forests and sowed crops, growing corn, wheat and melons. 

– Brittany Anas

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