I believe the hardcore drug dealers have taken over Detroit just as they have sections of NYC and now Albany. It's sad.<quoted text>
The last time I was in Detroit for any length of time was in 2005. We went down to the Riverfront area where all the casinos are. I have to admit they had done a great job with that area, but I think it was too little too late. Back in the 70's it was a fun place to go. There were lots of good restaurants and bars in the city and it was "fairly" safe back then. Decades of neglect have turned it into a war zone though. There's still some pretty cool areas, they are just few and far between now. Northern Michigan--especially up by the lakes, is some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen.
I would love the lakes. My fave parts of NY are Schroon Lake, Lake George and Crystal Falls. There is just something calming about a lake and it's surrounding forests.
There is also Dobbs Ferry,NY,which has a ruined castle. It is not so well known and one of my fave place to get away from Albany. I make a lot of my videos there and a lot of my pics were shot there too. There's a very peaceful energy there.