Detroit travel guide

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You're Going to Love Detroit

Detroit, Michigan is one of the most exciting destinations in the US. As well as its famous musical connections, the city boasts the second biggest theater district in the US and the country’s most extensive range of pre-Depression era skyscrapers.

And if outstanding architecture isn’t enough, the city’s fabulous location on the shores of Lake Michigan and its spectacular skyline adds to its appeal.

Detroit is also known as an automobile center and many of the world’s most famous car brands started out here. It’s nickname ‘Motown’, an abbreviation of ‘motor town’ also gave Detroit’s most famous record label its name.

World class shopping and entertainment, important museums and galleries and winning sports teams, there is enough in Detroit to satisfy even the most demanding visitor.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Detroit

Whether you’re a car enthusiast or a music lover, a sports fan or an avid shopper, there are lots of great reasons to plan a trip to Detroit.

What to do in Detroit

Catch a football, hockey or baseball game, go boating or spend the night at a show in one of the city’s great music venues. There is so much to choose from in Detroit – but some attractions and landmarks should not be missed.

Top activities & attractions in Detroit

When to Visit Detroit

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Pleasant weather and temperatures ranging from 40 to 55F make spring from April to May and fall from October to November the best times to visit Detroit. Events like the massive Movement electronic music festival in May and the Detroit River Days, Jazzin on Jefferson and Freedom Festival in June add to the city’s appeal during the spring months. Summer is warm and humid with temperatures above 70F for much of the peak period from June to September. Winter stretches from mid-December to March and can be severe with temperatures dropping to 20F. However, festive events over the Christmas and New Year period and the Auto Show in January ensure that there is still plenty to attract visitors.

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How to Get to Detroit

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Where to Stay in Detroit

Stay in an iconic hotel like the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, the Western Hemisphere’s third tallest all-hotel skyscraper or opt for friendly family establishments like the Corktown Inn. Whether you’re on a budget or splashing out you’re sure of finding accommodation in every district of Detroit.

Popular Neighborhoods in Detroit

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How to Get Around Detroit

Detroit has an excellent public transport system that includes buses and an elevated rail system. However, the city’s great roads and extensive freeway system make car rental an attractive option.

The Cost of Living in Detroit

You’ll be delighted to discover that Detroit isn’t a particularly expensive city. In fact, prices are about 25% lower than in New York and cheaper than the national average.

Detroit’s hottest shopping streets

Shop for clothes and accessories in the retail stores close to the University Cultural Center and Troy. Music fans can try People’s Records on Woodward Avenue, Midtown for vinyl or Submerge Records on E Grand Blvd, New Center for Detroit techno and electronic music.

Groceries and Other Necessities

Detroit used to be famous for its lack of supermarket chains but today’s visitors can shop for food and essentials at Whole Foods Market in Midtown or at the city’s Aldi and Meijer stores. You’ll also find convenience stores like 7-11 scattered all over the city as well as drug store chains like Walgreens and CVS.

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Where to Eat in Detroit

No visitor to Detroit should leave without trying a coney, a hot dog served with chili, mustard and freshly chopped onions. American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island are the city’s most famous coney restaurants and you’ll find them next door to each other in Downtown where they’ve been rivals since the 1920s.

Crispy deep dish Detroit-style pizza is another essential and Niki’s Pizza in Downtown is a good choice. Buddy’s Pizza serves the classic Detroit-style pie and the chain has several branches within a half hour drive of Downtown. Those looking for a more substantial meal can try delicious Greek cuisine in Greektown restaurants or tamales and tacos in Mexicantown.

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