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

Fort Pontchartrain Detroit, a Wyndham Hotel
Fort Pontchartrain Detroit, a Wyndham Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI
The price is $134 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cobo Center and Guardian Building. Mariners' Church and Campus Martius Park are also within ...
3.8/5 Good! (956 reviews)
"The staff was outstanding! I’ve never felt more welcome at any hotel. I also had the best cheeseburger and fries I’ve ever had in my 84 years. I had the pleasure of meeting the chef and giving her my compliments - lovely lady. I would most definitely recommend."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Fort Pontchartrain Detroit, a Wyndham Hotel
MotorCity Casino Hotel
MotorCity Casino Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $179 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3,793 reviews)
"Very clean rooms with great view. Casino was fun!"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

MotorCity Casino Hotel
The Siren Hotel
The Siren Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI
The price is $159 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in Downtown Detroit, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Detroit Opera House, Gem Theatre, and Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Comerica ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (976 reviews)
"Unique decor Outstanding coffee"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

The Siren 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.
Sonesta ES Suites Auburn Hills Detroit
Sonesta ES Suites Auburn Hills Detroit
3 out of 5
2050 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI
The price is $125 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Chrysler LLC Headquarters, McLaren Oakland Hospital, and Mclaren Oakland. Oakland ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (772 reviews)
"Everything was great. Weather disappointed me seeing the pool wasn’t open. But hey I can’t control Mother Nature."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Auburn Hills Detroit
Sonder | The Randolph
Sonder | The Randolph
3.5 out of 5
139 Cadillac Square, Detroit, MI
Located in Downtown Detroit, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Saint Andrews Hall, Campus Martius Park, and Mariners' Church. Greektown Casino and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (71 reviews)
"The only thing is the t.v...we have flip ohones and can download apps to use chrome cast..we are simple ...so had no tv for 2 days..it's was fine but wanted to watch hometown news..other than that..it was great..thanks again"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Sonder | The Randolph
Sonder | Gabriel Richard
Sonder | 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, Campus Martius Park, and Guardian Building. MGM Grand Detroit Casino ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (33 reviews)
"Great location, the studio was clean and well furnished. Everything you could possibly need was provided, full kitchen with all utensils, washer and a dryer with soap included, toiletries and all, the bed was comfortable and the views from the studio were amazing!! Lots of restaurants and nightlife ..."

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Sonder | Gabriel Richard
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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