6 Enticing Reasons to Be a Hometown Tourist in Detroit

Modified: February 28, 2020 | Story by Michelle Fusco
  1. There’s a lot of media hype surrounding Detroit. We’ve been recognized on some prestigious travel lists lately, including The New York Times  “52 Places to Go in 2017“, where Detroit ranked number nine. Find out for yourself what all of the buzz is about.
  2. You’ll be proud of your hometown. If you haven’t seen all of the new development first-hand, now’s your chance. Stroll or bike Detroit’s RiverWalk, take a cruise on the Detroit River or drive around to get a sneak peek at District Detroit and Little Caesar’s Arena to gain a whole new perspective.
  3. Don’t forget long-time favorites like The Henry Ford, the Detroit Zoo or a baseball game at Comerica Park on your itinerary. Take advantage of the world class attractions in your own backyard.
  4. Things heat up when the sun goes down. Check out The D’s sizzling nightlife scene with no pesky early morning alarm clock to stand in your way.
  5. Staycations are easy on your wallet! Detroit is surprisingly affordable in comparison to many other destinations. Plus, you’ll save money on airfare, rental cars, and other expenses you would incur traveling out of town. Add that savings to your staycation budget to try some of the hot new restaurants, splurge on prime seats to see your favorite band in concert or check in at one of our luxury hotels to really “get away from it all”.
  6. Each year the region welcomes 18 million visitors who generate $6 billion in local spending. Those dollars have a big impact. When you spend your leisure budget locally, you help hometown businesses to prosper, ultimately growing our economy and creating more jobs.

    BONUS
    : We’ve made the planning easy! In celebration of National Tourism Week the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau will host Discover The D Hometown Tourist Day on May 12 in Cadillac Square. Browse an exhibitor fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where you can chat with representatives from 40 to 60 restaurants, attractions and hotels and pick up promotional brochures and coupons. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win one of several hometown tourist packages, including overnight stays at metro Detroit hotels, restaurant gift cards, event or tour tickets and local attractions passes.

Confirmed participants to date include The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Dearborn’s Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Detroit Princess Riverboat, DoubleTree by Hilton – Dearborn Detroit DoubleTree Suites by Hilton – Detroit Downtown, Emagine Entertainment & Star Lanes, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, Hilton Garden Inn – Plymouth, Legoland Discovery Center Michigan, The Michigan Pedaler, Motor City Brew Tours, Punch Bowl Social, Quality Inn & Suites – Warren. Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. Wayne County Airport Authority, and The Westin Hotel – Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Be sure to pick up your D Discount Pass to save even more on several local attractions.

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  1. 1
    The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
    313-982-6001
  2. 2
    Detroit Zoo
    8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
    248-541-5717
  3. 3
    Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201
    313-471-2000