Visit Detroit.

Deplane at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and get your motor running—it’s time to explore the Motor City. Whether you choose to rent a car, call a car, or take the SMART bus directly into downtown Detroit, the city awaits. With revitalization efforts that have been redeveloping this Rust Belt metropolis since the late-20th century, there are plenty of new adventures to be had amidst a cityscape dotted with historic late 19th- and early 20th-century buildings.

If you want to take a trip back in time to historic Detroit before you explore what’s new, head to the East Ferry Avenue Historic District. A Michigan State Historic Site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this area has fabulous examples of Queen Anne homes and stately mansions. If you find yourself on the way to the theatre district to take in a show, you may pass through the Grand Circus Park Historic District on the way. Another area listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the park for which this district is named is five acres of inner-city greenery that includes historic fountains, public art installations and monuments, and a dog park. Consider bringing a picnic—or a box of Detroit-style pizza—and spending an afternoon enjoying this thriving area.

You can’t visit Motown without exploring its history as the birthplace of several genres of music and groundbreaking acts. Whether you want to dig into the roots of the Motown Sound at the Motown Historical Museum or explore its contributions to rock and punk music by touring the venues where Detroit-based acts first hit the stage, there’s something for each music lover who marches to the beat of their own drum. Depending on when you visit, you may be able to attend one of several annual music festivals, including the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival, or the Motor City Music Conference.

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Things to do in Detroit.

Picture-perfect parks
  • Belle Isle Park
  • River Rouge Park
  • William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor
Distinctive districts
  • East Ferry Avenue Historic District
  • Grand Circus Park Historic District
  • Washington Boulevard Historic District
Can’t-miss museums
  • Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
  • Motown Museum
  • National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen