Detroit, MI

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Find cultural and historical attractions, great spectator sports, a pretty waterfront promenade and fascinating automotive history in America’s Comeback City.

For over 100 years, Detroit has been a global leader in manufacturing automobiles. Learn about this history and see how the city has reinvented itself as an exciting place to live and visit.

Cultural attractions include numerous museums and art galleries. At the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the nation’s top museums, browse 65,000 artworks from ancient to modern times. The Detroit Historical Museum covers the region’s interesting past, including the Motor City exhibit, relaying 100 years of automotive history. Bring kids to experiment in the Michigan Science Center.

Detroit is home to Motown Records, the innovative label that brought music from The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and many others to the attention of everyone in the country. Relive the early days of Detroit’s music scene at the Motown Museum, also known as Hitsville U.S.A.

Walk along the Detroit Riverwalk presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. The Detroit Experience Factory offers a free tour, providing information about Detroit’s history, including its role in Prohibition and the Underground Railroad.

Detroit grew along with the automotive industry. Some of the most impressive architectural structures from the city’s heyday remain today. See the art deco skyscraper Guardian Building, once a major financial center for Detroit’s huge industrial complex. The Fisher Building is another tall tower built for automotive industrialists who contributed greatly to cultural and civic development in the city. Visit the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, where Henry Ford initiated mass production of the Model T in 1908.

Watch the NFL Detroit Lions play football at Ford Field and the MLB Detroit Tigers play baseball at Comerica Park. Use the fun Detroit People Mover light rail system to get around the city.

Escape to Belle Isle Park’s nature center, aquarium, golf range, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the popular Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. For a quick international experience, cross the Detroit River for a visit to the Canadian city of Windsor – just remember to bring your passport.

Where to stay in Detroit

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Detroit Metro Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Detroit Metro Airport
3 out of 5
30847 Flynn Drive, Romulus, MI, 48174
The price is $99 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 18
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Romulus. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,130 reviews)
"I’m not normally the one to right reviews but I will 100 percent go out of my way to write this one. If you are near the airport this is an affordable and acceptable choice. I was flying delta and was given a hotel voucher and was put into a hotel that I did not feel safe in. I showed up to this ..."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

MotorCity Casino Hotel
MotorCity Casino Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI, 48201
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $219 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Detroit. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a casino. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,853 reviews)
"The first night I stayed in Detroit I stayed at the St. Regis. I was supposed to stay there for four days but checked out the next morning because the hotel was horrible in every way imaginable. I checked into the MotorCity and it had great customer service, parking, cleanliness, food, security was ..."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Hollywood Casino at Greektown
Hollywood Casino at Greektown
4 out of 5
1200 Saint Antoine St, Detroit, MI, 48226
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Detroit. Enjoy free WiFi, a casino, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,005 reviews)
"Fun area of town."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

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FRONTDESK The Ashley Apts Downtown Detroit
FRONTDESK The Ashley Apts Downtown Detroit
3.5 out of 5
1526 Centre Street, Detroit, MI, 48226
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Detroit. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a TV. Popular attractions MGM Grand Detroit Casino and Gem Theatre are located ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (26 reviews)
"Everything you need for a stay in Detroit. Located near everything we had planned. My only issue with our apartment was there was a smell. My guess at one point a cat lived in the unit. It was faint but noticeable when you walked in."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Sonder Gabriel Richard
Sonder Gabriel Richard
3.5 out of 5
305 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, MI, 48226
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Detroit. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and concierge services. Popular attractions MGM Grand Detroit Casino and Campus ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (169 reviews)
Very happy
"Excellent everything"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Auburn Hills Detroit
Sonesta ES Suites Auburn Hills Detroit
3 out of 5
2050 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI, 48326
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Auburn Hills. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (846 reviews)
Housekeeping needs improvement
"We had the 2 bed king suite it was great for my friend and I plus my 2 dogs it was perfect for my bulldog and Pitbull both 85 pounds. They loved their stay. The kitchen chairs were really dirty the carpet could use some attention also. Both bathrooms DID NOT HAVE ANY CONDITIONERS IN EITHER BATHROOM!! ..."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2022

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.

Getting around Detroit

In central Detroit, you can easily get around without renting a car. However, if you are staying in the fringes of the city you will certainly want to have access to a vehicle of your own. Most of the main tourist sights are in or around the downtown area, though. Get around on the People Mover light railway, the QLine streetcar, or on foot. Try the MoGo bike share program as a healthy alternative. Visit the Detroit Department of Transportation website.Browse Detroit rental cars.

Best time to visit

The majority of tourists choose to come to Detroit in the late spring, when the weather in the city is mild but sunny. However, summer is also a great time to visit, and finding accommodations will be easier at this time of year. Expect temperatures to reach the mid 80s F (high 20s C) at their highest. Detroit winters are usually very long and cold, with snow being a possibility all the way into April.

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