5 Reasons Detroit is So Hot Right Now

November 27, 2017  |   Story by Amanda Walgrove  

Detroit is in vogue as we head into this year’s travel season. No, seriously. Detroit is in Vogue, earning a shout-out from the famous fashion and lifestyle magazine.

“Shedding its label as Motor City and quickly reimagining its entrepreneurial roots,” Michaela Trimble writes, “Detroit is attracting new creative companies,” citing a host of fresh hotels and eateries popping up across the city.

Still, Vogue isn’t the only publication to recognize Detroit’s spot as a top travel destination.

Here are five more reasons Detroit is so hot right now.

What are publications saying about Detroit?

1. It’s one of the top 10 global cities

Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide book publisher, just named Detroit one of the top 10 global cities to visit in 2018, nestled among other cosmopolitan cities like Seville, Spain, Hamburg, Germany, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In fact, Detroit was the only continental U.S. city to land on the prestigious list.

“It’s like the whole place is caffeine-buzzed, freewheeling in ideas,” the piece states. “Young creative types jump-started the scene when they began transforming the crazy-huge slew of abandoned buildings into distilleries, bike shops and galleries.”

Lonely Planet points to exciting new developments like the QLine streetcar, Little Caesar’s Arena and the expanded riverfront trail.

2. It’s one of 52 places to go in 2017

That’s right. The New York Times named Detroit one of the top 52 places to go in 2017, calling it “a comeback city set to make good on its promise.” The publication even created a 36-hour itinerary for Detroit visitors, featuring must-see spots like Motown Museum and Detroit Institute of Arts.

“In the ever-evolving city of motors and Motown,” The New York Times promises “a weekend of art, food and exploration, with a side of history.”

3. It’s the best U.S. city for business travel

Travel service On Call International named Detroit the best U.S. city for business travel. The top cities were chosen based on a number of factors including the number of on-time flights, cost of lodging, reliability of mobile network coverage and traffic congestion levels.

As we’ve noted, Detroit is the perfect destination for your next meeting or convention. The Detroit Metro Airport is just a 90-minute flight or less away from 60 percent of the U.S. population. The city is also home to over 36,000 hotel rooms, like those at its largest downtown hotel, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. And Detroit encompasses millions of square feet of meeting space at signature convention venues like the Cobo Center, making it the full package for your business event.

4. It’s an unexpected city for food lovers

National Geographic named Detroit one of six unexpected cities for the food lover. In fact, Detroit claimed the title for the North American category.

“The city’s oldest surviving neighborhood, Corktown, is also one of its most vibrant,” the article states. “There are all types of eateries here, from breakfast joints to fine dining. Try the breakfast poutine on the patio at Brooklyn Street Local or the duck bop hash at Dime Store.”

The publication also highlights culinary hot spots like Slows Bar BQ, Grey Ghost, La Feria and Selden Standard.

5. It promises new developments and experiences

Curbed named the new Hudson’s site as one of the most important construction and development projects in the U.S., citing billionaire Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock proposed plans to build the tallest building in Michigan.

“Set on the site of Hudson’s — Detroit’s iconic department store — the new development will include a 52-story, 734-foot tower and cover over 1.2 million square feet,” the Curbed piece states. “A nine-story ‘podium’ will offer mixed-use, commercial, office, technology, arts and culture space, while plans also call for 250 residential units and 700 parking spaces.”

Set to be completed by 2020, this isn’t the only exciting project on deck for Detroit. The city’s residents and visitors are also gearing up to welcome new and renovated establishments like the Shinola Hotel and the fully-completed The District Detroit.