Detroit: One of “America’s Most Fun Cities” – Thrillist

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The metro Detroit area has five distinct destination districts, perfect for tourism and travel -- everything from a lively urban vibe to wide-open scenic spaces.

  • Downtown detroit

    COSMOPOLITAN. INDUSTRIOUS. SAFE. Up-and-coming restaurants, a do-it-yourself attitude, new hotels, scenic and social parks, public transit, bike lanes and a walkable international riverfront are redefining Detroit. Architecture from Albert Kahn and Isamu Noguchi lives next to all-night joints selling loaded Coney dogs and Prohibition-born speakeasies pouring locally crafted beer and cocktails. The city’s Greektown, Eastern Market, The District Detroit, Corktown and Midtown neighborhoods are booming with activity.

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  • dearborn / Wayne

    HISTORIC. DIVERSE. DRIVEN. Spanning east and west of downtown Detroit, this large region is rich with the character of Arab-American, Mexican, Polish and Italian neighborhoods. In Dearborn, dive into The Henry Ford — America’s Greatest History Attraction. Middle Eastern dining, the rolling hills of Hines Drive and the vibrant downtowns of Wyandotte and the Grosse Pointes are must-sees and -dos.

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  • oakland

    UPSCALE. CULTURED. FUN. The tree-lined suburbs of Oakland are a 20-to-40-minute drive north of downtown Detroit. Here, we love the finer things in life. The cafe scene. A good meal. The outdoors. Shopping or a show. From the happenin’ downtowns (Ferndale, Royal Oak, Rochester and Birmingham) to the Detroit Zoo,  there’s plenty of fun and friends in the Oakland District.

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  • macomb

    ACTIVE. NAUTICAL. LAID BACK. Metro Detroit’s “East Side” is a mix of waterfront fun, food, shopping and nightlife. A 30-to-45-minute drive northeast of downtown, this boater’s paradise has friendly restaurants and marinas on glorious Lake St. Clair. Discover bike paths, a pet-friendly outdoor mall, a minor league baseball stadium and plenty of entertainment along the M-59 Corridor. You’ll need a car (or boat).

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  • greater novi

    TRENDY. FRIENDLY. GREEN. The Greater Novi area is a 20-to-45-minute drive northwest of downtown Detroit. It may be known for destination shopping and specialty expos at Suburban Collection Showplace, but there’s much more to explore. Discover quaint downtowns, fine dining, outdoor recreation and nightlife, too. This district has world-class golf, cider mills and Kensington Metropark, where lakes and rolling hills offer year-round fun.

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