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Downtown DetroitDetroit

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.

While Detroit may have suffered a fall, when in 2013 its council filed for bankruptcy, the city is quick to be back on its feet. The revitalization of Downtown Detroit is where you can see the city rapidly transforming. Fashion and art are revived, historic buildings are being restored, and green spaces, restaurants, cafés and new urban areas are being created.

Detroit became one of the world’s wealthiest cities after the post-World War I auto industry boom. There is no better way to see this than in a walking, cycling or personalized guided tour of the city. See stunning art deco buildings including the Guardian Building, the Detroit Opera House and the Detroit Public Library. Admire the Fisher Building, a 441-foot (134-meter) tall building known as the Eiffel Tower of Detroit because of its stunning art deco architectural designs.

Art and history enthusiasts will find enough museums to fill several days’ worth of exploring. Admire old cars and model trains in the Detroit Historical Museum. At the Motown Museum, see where The Supremes and other famous Motown artists recorded their music. Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to see memorabilia, films and photographs celebrating the African-American legacy of freedom and justice. Watch an IMAX movie or learn about space at the Michigan Science Center. Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts to see Vincent van Gogh’s important painting, Self Portrait, and Mexican artist Diego Rivera's most successful work, Detroit Industry, among others.

Dance the night away or see a live band in bars and nightclubs throughout the district. Have a cocktail and listen to some jazz at Cliff Bell’s, one of the oldest jazz clubs in Detroit.

Explore downtown’s river walks and gardens. See outdoor entertainment at Campus Martius Park or cross the MacArthur Bridge to enjoy natural parklands on Belle Island in the Detroit River.

While Detroit is best seen with a car, you can rent a bike or taxi or use the Detroit People Mover, an automated transit system. The Detroit Metro Airport is a 30-minute drive southwest of downtown.


Popular places to visit in Downtown Detroit

Cobo Center
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Cobo Center

4.5/5(285 reviews)

Cobo Center is just one of the places to see in Detroit, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? Discover the acclaimed theater scene and casinos in this vibrant area.

MGM Grand Detroit Casino
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MGM Grand Detroit Casino

4/5(446 reviews)

Why not try your luck with a visit to MGM Grand Detroit Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Detroit? Experience the renowned opera and great live music in this vibrant area.

Greektown Casino
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Greektown Casino

4/5(553 reviews)

Why not try your luck with a visit to Greektown Casino where you can enjoy the games and entertainment of this top casino in Detroit? Experience the renowned opera and great live music in this vibrant area.

Comerica Park
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Comerica Park

4.5/5(442 reviews)

Catch an event at Comerica Park during your trip to Detroit. Attend a baseball game or visit the casinos in this vibrant area.

GM Renaissance Center
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GM Renaissance Center

4.5/5(346 reviews)

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

Fillmore Detroit
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Fillmore Detroit

4.5/5(101 reviews)

Fillmore Detroit is a popular theater with a rich history in Detroit. Discover the acclaimed art scene and casinos in this vibrant area.

Top things to do in Downtown Detroit

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

$29
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Detroit: Small-Group The D You Must See Tour
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Detroit: Small-Group The D You Must See Tour

$29
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Explore undiscovered beauty of Detroit
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Explore undiscovered beauty of Detroit

$1
Per adult
City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan
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City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of Michigan

$10
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Michigan

$10
Per adult
Viral Containment Escape Room
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Viral Containment Escape Room

$29
Per adult

Top Hotels in Downtown Detroit

Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront
Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront
3.5 out of 5
2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI
Free Cancellation
The price is $135 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cobo Center, GM Renaissance Center, and Campus Martius Park. Greektown Casino and Detroit ...

3.8/5Good! (1,077 reviews)

"Very nice clean the room was very big beautiful view love it will stay again ❤️"…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby
3.5 out of 5
525 West Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $144 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Downtown Detroit, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cobo Center, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, and Campus Martius Park. Fox Theatre and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (984 reviews)

"Nice hotel and good location, but no free parking lots."…"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Detroit Downtown - Fort Shelby
Shinola Hotel
Shinola Hotel
4 out of 5
1400 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
The price is $255 per night from Oct 22 to Oct 23

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Detroit Opera House, Fox Theatre, and Ford Field. Greektown Casino and Comerica Park are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (341 reviews)

"Perfect service. Wonderful room :) very clean and safe. Can’t wait to come stay again"…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Shinola Hotel
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
3.5 out of 5
Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, MI
The price is $199 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 14

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is steps from Mariners' Church, GM Renaissance Center, and Detroit Riverwalk. Greektown Casino and Campus Martius Park ...

3.9/5Very Good! (987 reviews)

"Great location and beautiful facility. Only complaint was noise. There were several people on our floor that must have been together and they were out in the hall several times up to 2:30 AM. Also street noise - drag racers in the middle of the night."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2020

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Courtyard By Marriott Detroit Downtown
Courtyard By Marriott Detroit Downtown
3.5 out of 5
333 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $152 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of GM Renaissance Center and Saint Andrews Hall. Guardian Building and Campus Martius Park ...

4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"I liked the location of the hotel. It was perfect for our reason for staying there. We liked that Applebee’s and IHOP were inside the building. We wished they had told us about the $30 we had to pay extra for parking. The floors weren’t cleaning very well because there were several hairs on the floor ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2020

Courtyard By Marriott Detroit Downtown
Atheneum Suite Hotel
Atheneum Suite Hotel
4 out of 5
1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit, MI
The price is $165 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Located in Greektown Historic District, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Greektown Casino, GM Renaissance Center, and Ford Field. Campus Martius ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,255 reviews)

"It was so nice good customer service room was really clean great valet parking one of the best hotels I been to"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Atheneum Suite Hotel
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.

Other neighborhoods in Detroit

Holiday lights in Downtown Detroit!

Capitol City

When in Capitol City, you can plan a visit to Fox Theatre and Cobo Center, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Capitol City
Amazing spot in a very unlikely parking garage.

Washington

Even though there aren't top sights in Washington, you can explore the larger area and take in top sights like Fox Theatre. Jump on the metro at Grand Circus Park Station to see more of the city.

Washington
Greektown Historic District

Greektown Historic District

Visitors to Greektown Historic District love its first-class casinos, and you can check out Greektown Casino and Old St. Mary's Church. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Greektown Station.

Greektown Historic District
Nice place to bike! 🚴🏻‍♀️

Lafayette Park

While Lafayette Park might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Greektown Casino and Ford Field.

Lafayette Park
Incredible VEGAN gyro at this great little place in downtown Detroit.  I’ve been hungry for it since I had it. Got it with chili cheese fries. Yum.  The menu is entirely vegan.  What a gem.  It is in an area that looks to be actively gentrifying, so a fair number of boarded up and vacant lots, but close to tons of venues.  #OnTheRoad

Brush Park

Brush Park might not have many top sights, but Comerica Park and Ford Field are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Brush Park
Love finding Ouizis work all around the city 😍

Corktown

The live music and historic sites are a few reasons travelers visit Corktown. Though there aren't many top sights in the neighborhood, you can visit MGM Grand Detroit Casino and MotorCity Casino, a few notable attractions nearby.

Corktown

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