20 Reasons to Add The D to Your Summer Bucket ListModified: July 08, 2022 | Story by Lizzie Taylor
In November 2017, Detroit was named the most exciting city in America by The New York Times. Brett Keller, CEO of Priceline, was quoted in a recent interview saying, “There’s a lot of interesting new culture happening, new restaurants, breweries, night scenes…” I have to tell you – it’s all true. If you weren’t planning on visiting Detroit this summer, here’s 20 reasons why you should:
- Traveling to Detroit is simple.
Detroit Metro Airport is a major hub with thousands of international and domestic flights a day and is only about 20 miles from downtown Detroit. If you want to drive it, there’s a ton of different ways, so if one interstate is under construction or backed up, it’s easy to jump on a different route to the city.
- The lodging possibilities are endless.
There are so many hotels in and around Detroit! From boutique hotels to family-friendly hotels,you’ll be able to find somewhere that’s perfect for your budget.
- It’s easy to navigate the city.
We’ve got the Detroit People Mover, an elevated and automated light-rail system that makes a 13-stop loop around the city. The QLine streetcar opened to the public just last year and it travels a 6.6 circulating loop on Woodward Avenue. There’s also bike rentals, busses, ridesharing, and of course the traditional taxis available.
- ALL THE FOOD!
Let’s be honest, you were looking forward to this part. With Detroit’s diversity, there’s something for everyone. Take your pick from Detroit-style pizza, Coney dogs, Greek, Chinese, Italian, Polish, Mediterranean, burgers, or exquisite filet mignon. You name it, we’ve got it. Check out the Detroit restaurants guide for a full run-down.
- There’s an infinite number of breweries, bars, and pubs.
It’s impossible to recommend just one, so check out our guide to Detroit breweries and find bars and pubs to fit your fancy.
- The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.
Live music, speakeasies, comedy shows, clubs, gaming, I could go on. Pick your poison and party the night away! Check out Visit Detroit’s list of nightlife locations to see where all the cool kids hang out.
- There’s plenty to do with the kids.
The Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Park are perfect for the whole family. No kid will be bored at the Michigan Science Center. Only a few miles outside of Detroit is Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village.
- The city tours are excellent.
Whether you’re with family, friends, or just traveling on your own, these are worth considering. Even Michiganders living only minutes from Detroit enjoy these and learn something new. Check out these Detroit tour companies.
- The Detroit International RiverWalk is a reason all its own to visit Detroit.
Enjoy the scenic view, casual family fun, restaurants and shops along the river, and Detroit landmarks – perfect backdrops for a travel selfie or family photo!
- The neighborhoods are unique.
“Downtown Detroit” is made up of a number of neighborhoods. Probably the most well-known are Downtown, Greektown, Corktown, and Midtown. But Eastern Market, Hamtramck, Mexicantown, Indian Village, and New Center are also worth a stop.
- Try your luck at the casinos.
You can’t mention Greektown without bringing up the casinos: Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Detroit and MotorCity Casino. These three are all located in the heart of downtown Detroit.
- Through thick and thin, Detroiters support their home teams.
Watch a Tigers game at Comerica Park, or take a tour of Ford Field, home of the Lions.
- Step back in time at an antique car show.
Detroit can’t be the historic Motor City without a passion for vintage cars. The Old Car Festival and the Woodward Dream Cruise are two annual Detroit classic car shows that anyone can enjoy! You can also see historic cars year round at the Ford Piquette Plant and even ride a Model T at Greenfield Village.
- Catch a performance at one of Detroit’s many venues.
Enjoy concerts, Broadway shows, musical events, opera, dance performances, and more in beautiful settings around Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena.
- Come celebrate both internationally-recognized and home-grown festivals in Detroit and throughout the area.
We have festivals for food (even tacos!), music, culture, pride, and more.
- You can shop ’till you drop!
Detroit is home to a wide range of retail options, from boutiques to department stores, brand names to Detroit swag.
- Detroit welcomes people of all genders and sexual orientations.
There are LGBT-owned and friendly businesses in downtown Detroit and in neighborhoods all around the city.
- There is so much history to explore!
There are several large museums, like the Detroit Historical Museum, but there are also many smaller specialized museums — the Motown Museum, the African Bead Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum.
- Join Detroit’s green movement, even if just for a day.
With an Office of Sustainability and the support of local companies and organizations, Detroit is really making strides to create a healthy and sustainable urban environment. You can visit urban gardens, support local green spaces like the Detroit Zoo and Eastern Market, and use eco-friendly public transportation during your stay.
- There’s art, and then there’s street art.
Detroit has a number of public art sculptures, like the Spirit of Detroit and the Monument to Joe Louis (Joe Louis Fist), but there’s also a lot of beautiful murals and graffiti. The Detroit Free Press published a great digital tour of some street art a few years ago, but you have to check them out in person.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Detroit!
1Detroit Metro Airport2500 World Gateway Place, I-94 at Merriman Road, Detroit, MI 48242734-AIR-PORT (24
2Detroit People Mover (Detroit Transportation Corp.)535 Griswold St., Suite 400, Detroit, MI 48226313-224-2160
3Detroit Zoo8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067248-541-5717
4Belle Isle State Park99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, MI 48207313-821-9844
5Michigan Science Center5020 John R St., Detroit, MI 48202313-577-8400
6The Henry Ford20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124313-982-6001
7Detroit RiverFront Conservancy600 GM Renaissance Center, Ste. 1720, Detroit, MI 48243313-566-8200
8Comerica Park2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-2000
9Ford Field2000 Brush St., Detroit, MI 48226313-262-2000
10Ford Piquette Avenue Plant / Model T Automotive Heritage Complex461 Piquette Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-872-8759
11Little Caesars Arena2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-7000
12Motown Museum2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208313-875-2264
13Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-832-6622