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Detroit, MI
Travel Guide

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Magnificent architecture and legendary music acts are some of the hallmarks of Detroit, an industrial city that’s enjoying a well-deserved renaissance.

Detroit earned the nicknames “Motown” and “Motor City” back when it was at the heart of a booming automotive industry. Over the years the city built a reputation as a cultural and manufacturing powerhouse and its powerful legacy is celebrated today.

Spend time among the Detroit Institute of Art’s formidable collection. European and American masterpieces adorn its walls and the collection of Asian and Middle Eastern artifacts will keep anthropology fans rapt.

Explore the revitalization of Downtown Detroit and admire the city’s architecture as you wander through the Eastern Market, Detroit’s artisan and farmers’ markets. Food lovers will enjoy the gourmet meats and fresh produce.

Leave the crowds behind and go to the 982-acre (397-hectare) Belle Isle Park. There are sporting facilities, spaces for barbecues and picnics and a number of stunning historic buildings. You’ll also get a great view of the downtown skyline, dominated by the GM Renaissance Center.

Travel back in time to some of the greatest minds that have changed the modern world at Greenfield Village in the Henry Ford Museum. Walk through Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park to see where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, and learn about famed automobile manufacturer Henry Ford. For a look at Detroit’s contribution to the music industry, visit the Motown Museum. It’ll take you back to the days when Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson were recording hits in the studio.

Kids will love the Michigan Science Center. With dozens of hands-on exhibits, an IMAX Theater and a planetarium, it’s a great place to spend a whole day. At the Detroit Zoo, see the largest polar bear exhibit in the country and pet red kangaroos.

For a night-time treat, go for a drink at the two-story restaurant atop the GM Renaissance Center, then take in a show at the Detroit Opera House. A masterfully refurbished old building, it hosts everything from Broadway productions to classical music concerts.

Detroit’s fortunes took a downward turn when in 2013 its government filed for bankruptcy. Its strong identity means the city has been quick to recover and the revival of its cultural and historic districts is well underway.

Where to stay in Detroit

MotorCity Casino Hotel
MotorCity Casino Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI
The price is ¥16,434 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Situated in Detroit, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Little Caesars Arena, Fox Theatre, and Comerica Park. Ford Field and GM Renaissance Center are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (4,314 reviews)
"The carpet in every public space was filthy. Room service was quick. Anthony was polite, helpful & pleasant when he brought out luggage to our room."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

MotorCity Casino Hotel
The Westin Southfield Detroit
The Westin Southfield Detroit
4 out of 5
1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI
The price is ¥13,780 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Situated in a regional park, this romantic hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Lawrence Technological University and within 3 mi (5 km) of DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital ...
4/5Very Good! (964 reviews)
"Very clean and well keeped up! Don't like how small the pool is and jacuzzi is very small"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

The Westin Southfield Detroit
Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
3.5 out of 5
1 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI
The price is ¥21,217 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Detroit Opera House, Fox Theatre, and Fillmore Detroit. Ford Field and Comerica Park are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)
"The city view was amazing! Staff was pleasing. Breakfast was lacking for the price I paid for 2 breakfasts. But the location of the hotel was by almost everything cool and fun to do downtown! I loved that!"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonesta ES Suites Auburn Hills Detroit
Sonesta ES Suites Auburn Hills Detroit
3 out of 5
2050 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI
The price is ¥10,771 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Chrysler LLC Headquarters and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Oakland University. McLaren Oakland ...
4.3/5Excellent! (747 reviews)
"Hotel was nice. Room was clean and the staff was nice."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Auburn Hills Detroit
Sonder at Gabriel Richard
Sonder at Gabriel Richard
3.5 out of 5
305 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI
Located in Downtown Detroit, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Cobo Center, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, and Campus Martius Park. Detroit Opera House ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
"I didn’t like the parking situation"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

Sonder at Gabriel Richard
HAMPTON HOUSE
HAMPTON HOUSE
3.5 out of 5
1359 Hampton Rd, Mount Clemens, MI
The price is ¥11,837 per night from May 2 to May 3
Situated in Mount Clemens, this vacation home is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Metro Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lake Saint Clair and The Mall at Partridge Creek. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"I didn’t know it was an actual house. Like you can tell someone lives here"

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2020

HAMPTON HOUSE
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Detroit

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5/5 - Excellent

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May 28, 2020

Great place to be

4/5 - Good

Shay

Mar 30, 2020

I love this city! Just wished the businesses would keep them up

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

Masonic Temple is a great venue for a concert!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 11, 2020

There is the MGM that is close. Plus MotorCity has easy excess on and off the freeways. Which makes it very nice and easy for people whom may not be a frequent visitor

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

Love to see this great city's revival. Tons of creative energy and spunk!!

2/5 - Disappointing

TJABRO

Mar 5, 2020

1 out of the 6 Lyft vehicles that I used was dirty. People from the Midwest are friendly people.

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