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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 CA $183 per night from May 20 to May 20
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (4,248 reviews)
"I loved the room we had it had a amazing view"

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

MotorCity Casino Hotel
The Westin Southfield Detroit
The Westin Southfield Detroit
4 out of 5
1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI
The price is CA $135 per night from May 19 to May 19
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 ...
3.9/5Very Good! (943 reviews)
"It was nice and quiet, I didn’t like that there wasn’t a microwave in the room"

Reviewed on May 11, 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 CA $205 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 3
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! (972 reviews)
"This property was perfect for my dog. With the nearby grassy area to walk her around and the welcoming staff, it was a great setting for her."

Reviewed on May 10, 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.
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! (10 reviews)
"Clean, modern, nice, new. Good value for money."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Sonder at Gabriel Richard
3.5 out of 5
1359 Hampton Rd, Mount Clemens, MI
The price is CA $133 per night from May 19 to May 19
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. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Laura the owner was really nice and very easy going. She really is a wonderful lady. The house is very clean and very beautiful. She's got 2 adorable cats too and it was very easy for me to feel at home. Overall my experience was really nice. 5 stars."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Stunning Huge Vintage Loft Minutes From Downtown!
Stunning Huge Vintage Loft Minutes From Downtown!
Detroit, MI
The price is CA $194 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated in Detroit, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Pewabic Pottery and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greektown Casino and Detroit Riverwalk. Anna Scripps ...
2.7/5 (3 reviews)
Dayton’s Review
"The owner was very good about communicating with me in a timely fashion. We had to reschedule our visit and she was able to do it right away, without any wait. The apartment was beautiful."

Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2020

Stunning Huge Vintage Loft Minutes From Downtown!
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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2/5 - Disappointing

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Mar 13, 2020

Allowing construction to commence at 5:30/6:00am is deplorable

1/5 - Terrible


Mar 9, 2020

I felt that I was in a city that is part of a 3rd world country. very dirty, unsafe with limited options to visit. This will be the first and last visit to MI, I would not recommend anybody to visit and spend money in this state.

2/5 - Disappointing


Feb 20, 2020

Detroit is still pretty rough city. Area has a lot of characters in the neighborhood. Convenient for the hockey game and coming in from Canada

4/5 - Good

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Feb 11, 2020

They are really improving downtown Detroit. Little Caesars Arena is a fantastic venue.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 2020

Was great to see downtown so rejuvenated. Can’t wait to return. Lots of beautiful buildings, cool restaurants and bars, Woodward Ave walk to Little Caesar’s Arena at night was amazing with the lighting...

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

It is a bit sad to see all those beautiful houses deserted, but in the same time you feel that there are people in this city who trying to revive its previous splendour. Its going to take a long time.

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