Industrial yet vibrant, resilient yet creative, Detroit is a city of many faces. Walk along the banks of the city’s eponymous river and bask in its stunning waterfront while catching views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines or immerse yourself in some of the thriving local art scenes and museums. Love nature? Bell Isle’s 982-acres of parks offers attractions like giant slides and deer feeding, as well as the country’s oldest aquarium.
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Visit the biggest city in Michigan from Canada and explore things to do in Detroit. Walk along the Detroit Riverwalk for incredible views of the water, then visit the Detroit Institute of Arts to satisfy your creative soul. Follow up with some street food and local crafts at the Eastern Market, the largest open-air market in the U.S. End the day by catching a show at the Motown Museum and learn about artists like Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. Explore our Flight & Hotel packages to find the best places to visit with our Detroit travel guides.
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WHAT TO EAT
Mackinac Island fudge, Hummer milkshakes (vanilla ice cream, Kahlua and rum) and Boston coolers (vanilla ice cream and ginger ale), Detroit-style pizza (square, with a thick and crispy crust topped with tomato sauce and edge-to-edge cheese), and Coney dogs.
WHAT TO BRING BACK
Journals, watches and other leather goods from Shinola; music merch from Third Man Records, a record label founded by Jack White; and ceramic goods and decorations from the famous Pewabic Pottery studio.
Fordite, also known as Detroit Agate, is one of the more popular souvenir items from Detroit and is the result of years of layers of car paint accumulating on a surface. Local artisans take these thick blocks of paint and polish and cut them to create stunning pieces of jewelry you won’t find anywhere else.