Holidays to Detroit
In recent years Detroit – known as the Motor City – has grown in popularity with holidaymakers and travellers alike. After a period of economic decline and struggle it is slowly finding its feet, which makes it a great time to visit as new green spaces, hotels and restaurants create a vibrant downtown area.
History and culture
There’s no doubting that Detroit has had a tough time of it recently. But through the adversity there is a new soul rising, one that is fuelled by urban energy and an entrepreneurial spirit. Artists and young people are starting to move in, developing cafes, museums and galleries that paint a picture of enthusiasm.
Things to see
Your first point of interest in Detroit should be the Institute of Arts, where you’ll find more than 100 galleries, some of which date back to its opening in 1927. Located at the heart of the cultural scene there are plenty of other museums nearby. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is probably the pick of them, being home to the world’s largest exhibition of African American culture. Despite the last train rolling out in the 1980s, Michigan Central Station is worth exploring as it marks a painful reminder of the recent economic struggles. It was also used in the Transformers and Four Brothers films. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is also an excellent way to spend the afternoon.
Events and shows
Detroit has become famous for the International Auto Show which is held every January, but there are plenty of other events that take place throughout the year and offer a unique insight into the city. In August, the Woodward Dream Cruise celebrates the automobile world with parades, music and food, while Labor Day weekend in September features the Detroit International Jazz Festival.
Join the sport-mad locals
Detroit holidays are not complete without taking in some live sport. Dubbed the ‘City of Champions’ in the 1930s, Detroit is steeped in sporting history and pride. As one of only 12 cities in America to have four major sports teams, you can take your pick from the Lions (American Football), Tigers (Baseball), Pistons (Basketball) or Red Wings (Ice Hockey). Watching the Lions at Ford Field with 65,000 other NFL fans is a very special experience, while the picturesque Comerica Park is home to the Tigers baseball team.
Food and drink
Lunchtimes in Detroit should be spent in one of the many crèperies around the central area, where the locals will introduce you to a real American sandwich. On a Saturday morning you can head to Eastern Market and browse the fresh apples, blueberries and flowers. Many people do their weekly shopping at this market and the square is the hub of social activity. Russell Street Deli nearby is a great place to grab an omelette or pancake for brunch. In the evening the Greektown region is extremely lively, with a wide range of bars, clubs, restaurants and casinos.