A city of 216,000, Windsor sits along the southern banks of the Detroit River, just across from the Motor City . “Civilized” is the word that comes to mind when Detroiters talk about Windsor.
Although separated only by a river, this Canadian city has a virtually nonexistent crime rate, a full plate of excellent restaurants, and a friendly and civic-minded populace who are happy to welcome Yanks.
Detroiters have long shuttled back and forth to enjoy Windsor’s restaurants, casinos, European-style shops, and terrific riverfront views.
While Windsor has its own airport—the Windsor International Airport (YQG) (3200 CR-42, Windsor, 519/969-2430, www.yqg.ca )—most visitors will probably be making a day trip from Detroit  via car.
Two routes connect Detroit and Windsor: the Ambassador Bridge (www.ambassadorbridge.com , $4) and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (www.dwtunnel.com , $3.75). Claustrophobics tend to opt for the bridge, though the tunnel is faster and more direct.