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.

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Live Music, Casino and Theatre

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Where to stay in Detroit

Downtown Detroit
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Downtown Detroit

Casino, Live Music, Theatre

Detroit is known for its architecture, industrialization and the arts. As creative entrepreneurs reclaim downtown, a new urban culture is rising next to the old.

Greektown Historic District
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Greektown Historic District

Casino, Dining, Sport

Experience the atmosphere of a Mediterranean town within the city center of Detroit as you dine on European food and enjoy a buzzing nightlife.

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Top Hotels in Detroit

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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MotorCity Casino Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI
CA $179/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.4/5Excellent! (7,911 reviews)

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! (7,911 reviews)

"Very neat and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 23, 2019

MotorCity Casino Hotel
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Greektown Casino Hotel
4 out of 5
1200 Saint Antoine St, Detroit, MI
CA $180/night
Sep 3 - Sep 4
4.3/5Excellent! (3,358 reviews)

Located in Greektown Historic District, this hotel is steps from Old St. Mary's Church and Greektown Casino. Ford Field and GM Renaissance Center are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,358 reviews)

"I didn’t like the fact that it didn’t have a refrigerator or microwave. Loved the hotel view and room itself and location. Didn’t spend any time at the hotel or casino but it was beautiful"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 20, 2019

Greektown Casino Hotel
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Delta Hotels by Marriott Detroit Metro Airport
3.5 out of 5
31500 Wick Rd, Romulus, MI
CA $138/night
Sep 6 - Sep 7
4.1/5Very Good! (1,057 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Greenfield Village, Yankee Air Museum, and Automotive Hall of Fame. Ford World Headquarters ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,057 reviews)

"Great location, wonderful facilities, lovely food and great sleep. 😉"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 23, 2019

Delta Hotels by Marriott Detroit Metro Airport

Popular things to do in Detroit

GM Renaissance Center
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GM Renaissance Center

A distinctive point on the Detroit skyline, this collection of skyscrapers is the global headquarters of General Motors and a popular entertainment destination.

Detroit Zoo
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Detroit Zoo

See a white rhino, feed giraffes and visit the largest polar bear exhibit in the country at this popular family attractions.

Detroit Institute of Arts
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Detroit Institute of Arts

Admire artifacts from Ancient Greece and Rome, paintings by European masters and sculptures by American greats at this extensive museum.

Belle Isle
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Belle Isle

This immense island park not far from downtown has impressive architecture, outstanding views of the Detroit skyline and lots of green space for relaxing.

Motown Historical Museum
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Motown Historical Museum

See where some of music’s greats kicked-off their careers and learn how Motown founder Berry Gordy started his influential music labels.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History
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Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

An educational facility that documents and celebrates the African American experience, this museum has been enthralling visitors of all backgrounds since 1965.  

Top activities in Detroit

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan

CA $33

Let your imagination run wild at LEGOLAND®, where you can build amazing creations, hoot and holler during 2 exciting rides, and let yourself be swept away during an immersive 4-D Cinema show. With something to delight visitors of any age, this is the ultimate indoor LEGO® attraction.

Small-Group Detroit's Rise, Fall & Renewal Tour
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Small-Group Detroit's Rise, Fall & Renewal Tour

CA $39

Explore Detroit’s glory days, recent struggles, and prospects for renewal with an afternoon spent walking its streets with a local guide. Visit historic landmarks and abandoned spaces while learning about the Motor City’s storied past and bright future.

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

CA $25

A wonder for all ages, SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 sea creatures. Explore more than 20 displays including interactive touch pools, a walk-through tunnel with 180-degree views, and an ocean exhibit where a blacktip reef shark swims alongside graceful rays.

Detroit: Small-Group The D You Must See Tour
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Detroit: Small-Group The D You Must See Tour

CA $39

Discover the historic landmarks and hidden sites of a great American city in flux on this walking tour of Detroit. Ride the People Mover to a vibrant Greektown neighborhood, see grand structures like the Guardian Building, and enjoy a classic Detroit treat.

Detroit: Small-Group Corktown is Popping Tour
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Detroit: Small-Group Corktown is Popping Tour

CA $39

Get out your walking shoes for an epic tour of the landmarks and local haunts in Detroit's historic Corktown. Get to know the oldest neighborhood left in the city, from its colorful Victorian homes to the grand ruins of Michigan Central Station, and try some of the best food in town.

Operation City Quest of Detroit, MI
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Operation City Quest of Detroit, MI

CA $13

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Detroit

Why You Should Visit Detroit
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Why You Should Visit Detroit

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A rebirth in Michigan
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A rebirth in Michigan

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