Making plans to visit Detroit in the near future? Awesome! First thing’s first, head for the rental car lot. You’ll be running around all over Detroit for these 24 hours, and you’ll need a car to see all of the city’s best sights. Let’s step on it, folks!

First stop: Ford.

Your first stop will be in Dearborn, which is just west of downtown Detroit. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it’s home to one of the world’s most renowned automakers: Ford.

You’ll spend your entire morning at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, which you could easily spend an entire weekend at. See world famous items, such as Abraham Lincoln’s chair, J.F.K.’s presidential car, and the famous Rosa Parks bus. Afterward, take a ride through Greenfield Village in a Model-T.

Stop for lunch!

"Dessert" by Rex Roof is licensed under CC 2.0.

Dessert” by Rex Roof is licensed under CC 2.0.

Since it’s well past lunchtime, start making your way to downtown Detroit. Step back in time for lunch with a hot dog and fries from Lafayette Coney Island, an old fashioned hot dog joint and Detroit landmark. Walk off that hot dog by heading to the Detroit waterfront, stopping first at the Renaissance Center, also known as the GM Renaissance Center, which is one of the most famous groups of skyscrapers in the world. From the waterfront you can look across the river to Windsor, Canada. Such an international jetsetter, you are.

Party in Motown.

"Hitsville, U.S.A." by John Roney is licensed under CC 2.0.

Hitsville, U.S.A.” by John Roney is licensed under CC 2.0.

From here, it’s a short drive to Hitsville, USA, which is the birthplace of Motown. Make sure to take one of the guided tours! Hitsville might not look like much from the outside, but it’s chock full of music and social justice history, making it well worth the tour.

From here, it’s time for an early dinner at Slows Bar BQ, which will probably be the one restaurant that locals recommend. Get there early, as the wait can be long during peak dinner hours. While you’re waiting, walk over to Michigan Central Station. While it’s no longer in use, it’s one of the most recognizable buildings in Detroit, having been featured in many movies, including the first Transformers film.

Catch a baseball game, or listen to some jazz!

"Torii Hunter, Chris Davis" by Keith Allison is licensed under CC 2.0.

Torii Hunter, Chris Davis” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC 2.0.

On a cool summer evening, a visit to Comerica Park, home to the Detroit Tigers, makes for an enjoyable evening. If you want to do more than just catch an inning or two by standing on the outfield fence, visitors typically don’t have a problem finding tickets at the stadium. Alternatively, if you’re not so athletically inclined, spend an iconic Detroit evening at one of the city’s many jazz clubs!

What would you do with 24 hours in Detroit? Let us know in the comments!


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