Metro Detroit covers nearly 2,000 square miles. To make planning easier, we’ve split the area up by region to help you navigate downtown Detroit and the city’s surrounding counties and suburbs.

Explore Detroit and the Metro Area


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.


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).


The tree-lined suburbs of Oakland are a 20-to-40-minute drive north of downtown Detroit. Here, we appreciate the simple and chic. . The unique cafe scene. A good meal. The outdoors. Shopping or a show. From the lively downtowns (Ferndale, Royal Oak, Rochester and Birmingham) to the Detroit Zoo, there’s plenty of fun and friends in the Oakland.


Spanning east and west of Detroit’s downtown, this large region is rich with the character of African- and Arab-Americans as well as neighborhoods infused with Mexican, Polish and Italian heritage. Experience culture and community in vibrant Southwest Detroit and on the city’s Historic Avenue of Fashion. In Dearborn, dive into The Henry Ford — the nation’s foremost museum dedicated to ideas and innovation. Middle Eastern dining, the rolling hills of Hines Drive and the thriving downtowns of Wyandotte and the Grosse Pointes are must-sees and -dos.


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