Perpetually hip Detroit, home of Motown and the “Motor City” moniker, has undergone a well-documented revitalization — you won’t regret a deep dive into its youth-driven culture, with its vibrant murals turning the city into a canvas, underground dance clubs pumping everything from techno house to dubstep, and the city’s delicious sustainable food movement, which is taking off thanks to efforts like FoodLab Detroit and D-Town Farm.

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March – June: Spring is the sweet spot in Detroit, when sunny days and cool nights make going out a pleasure, but the tourist season hasn’t hit.
July – Sept.: Summer brings days in the 80s and nights in the 60s. Activity heats up, and travel prices rise.
Oct. – Dec.: Fall ushers in changing leaves and cooler temperatures. Holiday trimmings keep the city looking bright.
Jan. – March: Winter travel prices are low, but watch for snowstorms and pack your snow-ready parkas.


Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa.
Money: Currency is in U.S. dollars and ATMs are easy to find in Detroit.
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccination, proof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions, before planning their trip. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are the best resources for up-to-date information and guidance. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away.


Getting Here: Detroit’s main airport is Detroit-Wayne County Airport (DTW), 20 miles southwest of downtown. It’s 25 minutes by taxi; rideshares are also available.
Getting Around: You’ll find rideshares and taxis widely available. The Detroit People Mover is a light rail system with stops throughout downtown Detroit. Check the schedule before riding.


Local Lingo: Carbonated beverages are called pop, and store names tend to be pluralized. (“Going to the Walmart’s”). Michiganders pride themselves on being from the region known to have a neutral accent, which is why so many broadcast anchors have been recruited from the Midwest.
Must-Have Apps: Detroit History ToursUberLyft
Insider Tip: Get up to speed on 300 years of history at Detroit Historical Museum‘s engaging exhibits, including “Motor City Music,” “Streets of Old Detroit” and “Detroit: the Arsenal of Democracy.”