It’s time to take a closer look at Detroit. You’ll be amazed at The D’s renewed energy and vitality as the city continues to transform with new hotels, award-winning restaurants, world-class attractions and thriving local businesses. With so much to see and do, Thrillist calls Detroit one of “America’s Most Fun Cities.” 

Detroit continues to transform with more than $10 billion in new development projects planned downtown. Ford Motor Company will build a campus for mobility in Corktown and renovate the Michigan Central Station into offices, retail and residential units. The former Hudson’s site is being developed into Detroit’s tallest building with an observation deck, hotel, event space and more. The Joe Louis Greenway, a 26-mile non-motorized pathway, will connect many neighborhoods and communities in the city, from the East Riverfront up through Hamtramck, over to the University District, Ferndale, Highland Park, and back down to Southwest Detroit.

Here are just a few of the reasons you need to add Detroit to your itinerary.


Detroit skyline
Detroit skyline, Detroit, Mich.
Credit: ©Vito Palmisano

Insider states “… there’s a lot of outdoor space in Detroit,” and none is more beautiful than the Detroit International RiverWalk. Stroll or bike the paved, nearly four-mile span along the Detroit River and relax in parks, plazas, pavilions and natural areas. Or get a different view and explore the city by water. The Diamond Jack River Tour and elegant, five-story Detroit Princess Riverboat offer spectacular views of the city skyline and neighboring Windsor, Ontario.


Third Man Records
Third Man Records, Detroit, Mich.
Credit: Peter Wardowski

Downtown offers lots of gems for your Detroit shop-cation. Find unique galleries and shops like iconic Carhartt, born in Detroit in 1889. Shinola showcases beautiful watches, bicycles and leather goods. Pingree Detroit makes only sustainable products out of locally-sourced, repurposed leather goods from the automotive industry. Then tour Third Man Records Cass Corridor vinyl production facility where you can watch the very records available for purchase being pressed.


Charles H. Wright Museum
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Mich.
Credit: Michelle and Chris Gerard

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. It provides unique learning opportunities, fascinating exhibitions, engaging programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African-Americans and their origins. All races, ages and cultures will find it moving and inspiring.


Red Dunn Kitchen
Red Dunn Kitchen, Detroit, Mich.
Credit: Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

Detroit has been dubbed a foodie mecca and Red Dunn Kitchen is a shining example. Located inside the artisan boutique hotel Trumbull & Porter in historic Corktown, it serves up a tasting extravaganza of chef-created masterpieces for breakfast, lunch and dinner made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Indulge in originals such as almond buttermilk pancakes, seafood pesto linguine and chocolate mousse cake.

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau
Kalynne Defever, Tourism Specialist