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Things to do in  Detroit

From Model-T to Marvin Gaye

The Motor City, Motown, Paris of the Midwest, Detroit Rock City, Hockeytown, and the Renaissance City: These are just a handful of Detroit’s monikers earned over the decades, each applicable today. From Coney dogs to art deco architecture—not to mention a long list of things to do—its singular history, cultural contributions, and invincible spirit give this city a distinct identity felt by all who visit. Stay for a few days, and you’ll understand why one of its slogans is, “In Detroit, Life Is Worth Living.”

Top 5 attractions in Detroit

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan

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Enter a world of creativity at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan. Located in Auburn Hills, this interactive LEGO®-themed entertainment park offers the ultimate indoor adventure for kids and features attractions and activities including rides, games, build-and-play areas, workshops, and a 4D cinema.More
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Motown Museum

Motown Museum

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It may look modest from the outside, but the Motown Museum in downtown Detroit—known as Hitsville, USA—created a tidal wave of a legacy in the music industry whose impact is still felt today. Visitors can step inside legendary Studio A, the spot where songs like the Supremes’ “Stop in the Name of Love” and other chart-toppers were recorded.More
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The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford

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Detroit’s Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation—part of the Henry Ford, the largest indoor and outdoor museum complex in the US—traces the Industrial Revolution and rise of the automobile in history. Notable artifacts include the chair where Abraham Lincoln sat when he was shot and the bus where Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat.More
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Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village

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Greenfield Village is the 80-acre (32-hectare) outdoor portion of the Henry Ford, the largest indoor and outdoor museum complex in the United States. The sound and smell of the village steam train signals that you’re stepping back through 300 years of Detroit and American history, with more than 80 historic structures.More

Detroit Institute of Arts

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Named the number one thing to do in Detroit by TripAdvisor reviewers, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is home to one of the largest and most significant art collections in the US. The DIA features more than 100 galleries that showcase 65,000 works, from prehistory to modern day, including Diego Rivera’s 1930sDetroit Industry Murals.More

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All about Detroit

When to visit

The best time to visit Detroit is late spring or early fall. In addition to offering visitors the most pleasant temperatures, these times of the year also showcase Michigan’s natural beauty—even in an urban center. Detroit winters are notoriously cold and long, and summers can be uncomfortably hot and humid. However, the city is well-equipped to handle all types of weather, and visitors can expect clear roads and sidewalks year-round.

Getting around

The Motor City was—not surprisingly—designed for cars. Today, the fastest and most convenient way to get around the sprawling metropolis is by vehicle. Visitors without a car can explore downtown Detroit via the QLine streetcar, People Mover light rail, rideshare apps, and a comprehensive bus system. With its flat terrain and ample bike lanes, Detroit is a cycle-friendly city. Download the Transit app to access its MoGo bike-sharing program.

Traveler tips

Visit museums! Detroit is proud of its vibrant history, which is beautifully presented in its dozens of museums. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, Motown Museum, and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History all offer engaging exhibits centered around the city and the world as a whole. Be sure to check opening times before your arrival, as some may be closed on select days.

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How many days do you need in Detroit?

Three days is the perfect amount of time for a first visit to Detroit. This gives you enough time to get a taste of the city without feeling overwhelmed. You’re on the right track as long as your itinerary includes Eastern Market, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a Coney dog.

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What is Detroit famous for?

Detroit, Michigan—also known as the Motor City—is most famous for its pioneering auto industry. The birthplace of the Model-T in 1908, the city is still home to the “Big Three” automobile companies: Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors. Detroit is also well known for Motown Records and its subsequent music genre.

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Is Detroit worth visiting?

Yes! From the hiking trails on Belle Isle to the 360-degree Diego Rivera murals inside the DIA, Detroit has something to fascinate everyone. Art, architecture, and shopping opportunities abound in Michigan’s most populous city. Plus, between its Coney Island diners, food trucks, and fine dining restaurants, you have zero chance of going hungry.

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What do I need to know before going to Detroit?

Before visiting Detroit, check out what events are taking place. Music festivals, major headliner performers, professional sports games, and cultural parades take place year-round in the Motor City. Because of their popularity, tickets can sell out quickly. So research what’s happening during your visit, and you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.

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What food is Detroit famous for?

No visit to Detroit is complete without a classic Coney dog smothered with meat chili, raw onions, and a liberal squirt of mustard. The city’s other unmissable dish is a rectangular Detroit-style pizza with a thick crust covered in Wisconsin brick cheese. Wash either Detroit delicacy down with a Faygo pop (not soda!).

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Is there anything cool to do in Detroit?

Yes. Depending on the season, visitors can catch a Tigers, Pistons, Lions, or Redwings game. You’ll also find music, comedy, and theater performances at the Fox Theater, Fisher Theater, Fillmore, and numerous other venues. Add to this internationally recognized museums, dazzling casinos, and award-winning restaurants, and there’s no shortage of attractions to keep Detroit visitors occupied.

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