Detroit Travel Guide & Information

Detroit, the largest city in the state of Michigan has long been known as the world's automotive center and an important source of popular music legacies. The birthplace of Motown music, techno and countless major musicians, Detroit still has the country's top live music venues. From historical landmarks and museums, to adventurous amusement and water parks, Detroit has plenty of attractions for both individuals and families.

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Travel to Detroit, a city that continues to shape both American and global automotive culture. The city has seen many of its historic buildings renovated and is bustling with new developments and attractions that compliment its status for world class museums and theatres. Flights to Detroit gives you access to a city that offers a myriad of things to see and do. It is an exciting travel destination filled with technological advance and historic charm.

Dubbed as the automotive capital of the USA, Detroit's auto industry continues to dominate the city's economy. Many of the attractions in and around the city pertain to the role Detroit played in the car manufacturing industry. Today's Detroit is also notable for its diversity and cultural scene. Detroit's world-class museums, theaters, art galleries, downtown eateries and clubs ensure that travelers are never too far away from sightseeing. Top-notch entertainment venues, fun family attractions and world class museums are just a few reasons to plan a getaway to Detroit.

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Things to do in Detroit

Museums:

Detroit is home to several world class museums depicting the city’s history in automobiles and art.

Detroit Historical Museum: chronicles the history of the Detroit area, from cobblestone streets, 19th century stores, the auto assembly line, toy trains, and much more. The museum, established in 1928, is one of America’s oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history. The must see exhibits at the museum include, the 19th century street scene known as “The Streets of Old Detroit” and an authentic auto assembly line known simply as “The Motor City”.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit: is a contemporary art museum located in Detroit's cultural center. The museum is an innovative addition to Detroit's Cultural Center and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts. The 22,000 square foot building, a former auto dealership, has been renovated to maintain its historic character.

Henry Ford Museum: began as Henry Ford's personal collection of historic objects, which he began collecting as far back as 1906. Today, the 12 acre site is primarily a collection of antique machinery, pop culture items, automobiles, locomotives, aircraft and other items. The museum features an IMAX Theater, which shows scientific, natural and historical documentaries; as well as major feature films.

Prominent Attractions:

Detroit is home to several other attractions for all types of travelers.

Detroit Zoological Park: commonly known as the Detroit Zoo is home to more than 1,800 vertebrates and 5,000 invertebrates representing over 270 species. Opened in 1928, the Detroit Zoo was one of the first to have cageless animal exhibits, developing a system of moats and other natural barriers to keep lions, tigers and bears away from visitors. The zoo's goal is to provide a natural habitat for animals.

Detroit Opera House: is the venue for all Michigan Opera Theatre productions and hosts a variety of other events. The Detroit Opera House was originally known as the Capitol Theatre and was among the first of several performance venues built around Detroit's Grand Circus Park. Since 1996, the opera house has hosted annually five opera productions, five dance productions from touring companies and a variety of other musical and comedy events.

Detroit International Jazz Festival: The Detroit International Jazz Festival is a jazz music festival held each year over Labor Day Weekend. Jazz Times noted that the Detroit International Jazz Festival is one of the top five festivals in North America; in a 2007 Readers Poll. It is a major cultural institution, providing year-round concerts and educational programming that culminates in one of the world’s premier jazz festivals on Labor Day Weekend.

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Where to Stay in Detroit

When it comes to hotels, the choices in Detroit are endless, ranging from cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99, to deluxe five star luxury hotels.

Downtown Detroit : is the central business district, bordered by the Lodge Freeway to the west and the Fisher Freeway to the north. The area contains most of the prominent skyscrapers in Detroit, the nation's second largest theatre district, several parks, many of which are linked by the Detroit International Riverfront, and much more. Being the center of life it comes as no surprise that the area is home to several premier hotel chains. Budget travelers can also find hotels in this area to suit their budget.

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Southwest Side : is home to many eclectic neighborhoods and a large diversity of restaurants in the area. It is also home to many historical sites, such as the Michigan Central Station, Tiger Stadium and Fort Wayne. The area has some great budget and luxury hotels.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the latest travel information available for Detroit, here are the latest passport and visa guidelines:

For US Citizens:

* A valid identification in order to board the plane.

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For Canadian Citizens:

Canadian citizens travelling by air to, through or from the United States must present one of the following valid documents:

* A passport or

* A NEXUS card when used at a kiosk at designated Canadian airports and at all U.S. airports when returning to Canada.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Detroit

Detroit is a year round destination with indoor attractions during chilly winters and plentiful outdoor activities like fishing, biking and boating during the spring and summer. The most popular time to visit Detroit is during fall, spring and summer.

Budget travelers can choose to visit during the winter for cheaper airfares and hotel discounts.

Planning your Visit:

Peak season: (May to September)

Off-Peak season: (October to February)

Detroit Weather

Detroit has a continental climate, which is influenced by the Great Lakes with warm, humid summers and very cold winters.

* Winters are cold, with snowfall and freezing temperatures.

* Summers are warm and can be muggy and humid. You’ll also find a good deal of rainfall during this time.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available throughout Detroit. Before traveling be sure to let your bank know your dates of travel and find out what the cost of ATM withdraws are.

Languages:

* English is the primary language.