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City Break: Detroit

City Break: Detroit

City unravel (noun): a short holiday spent in a city, such as when on merchantry travel.

Before there was bleisure travel, there was the city break—the short space of leisure time that grants you wangle to the cultural and culinary suavities that big cities offer. In this series from TripIt, we explore some of the world’s weightier cities for planning a quick getaway or extending a work trip.

Here are our tips for making the most of your municipality unravel in Detroit.

Where to fly in

The Detroit metro zone is served by Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), located 20 miles west of downtown Detroit. One of the top-20 busiest airports in the U.S., DTW is split into two terminals, McNamara Terminal and Evans Terminal.

Once you’re on the ground at DTW, cabs, ride shares, and buses are misogynist to connect you to your final destination. Trammels the SMART bus schedule to plan your onward journey.

Where to stay during your municipality break

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Detroit offers design-forward hotels, well-constructed with world-class restaurants and after-dark scenes (to see and be seen). 

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For starters, the Detroit Foundation Hotel is the kind of place that you’d visit whether you were staying overnight or not, thanks to its vibrant lobby bar and restaurant, The Workings Room (more on dining there, below). Furnished with modern decor, the hotel’s spacious rooms finger plane increasingly generous thanks to 12-foot ceilings and an unshut design. 

Nearby, The Siren Hotel brings new life to the historic Wurlitzer Building. By night, guests can opt for a drink in the decadent Candy Bar, located immediately off the lobby. Increasingly of an early bird? Caffeinated drinks are served at Populace Coffee’s lobby outpost.

If a hotel in a prime Detroit location is what you’re after, squint no remoter than the Element Detroit at the Metropolitan. By day, you’re walking loftiness to downtown Detroit and a quick ride to the Financial District. By night, you’re just steps yonder from the Detroit Opera House and Ford Field. 

In need of event space? The MGM Grand Detroit offers 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a priming center. 

If you’re peekaboo an event at the Cobo Center, you can’t write-up the convenience of the Fort Pontchartrain a Wyndham Hotel. You’re just a few steps yonder from the institute center, plus the hotel features a 24-hour merchantry part-way for any of your work-related needs.  

How to get around

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Rideshares and taxis are misogynist in Detroit and are likely your weightier options for getting virtually the municipality in a jiffy—this is the Motor City, without all. 

Prefer to take public transportation? Download the Detroit Department of Transportation app to help you navigate the local bus system. Traversing virtually Downtown or Midtown? The city’s new QLINE tram system can help you get from A to B. Plan your ride with their interactive map

Alternatively, MoGo, Detroit’s public bike-share program, provides an eco-friendly way to get virtually town. 

Pro tip: Use TripIt’s Navigator full-length to search transportation options misogynist to you. It will show you the unscientific financing and travel times for each option, so you can decide which works best. For example, if you add a restaurant reservation to your itinerary (more on where to eat, below), Navigator moreover helps you find the weightier transportation options for getting to your table. You can find Navigator within your plan details screens. 

Where to eat


If you only have time for one meal in Detroit, make it at Wright & Company. Trendy decor, second-story street views, shareable plates, and knowledgeable bar staff make plane popping in for a drink worth a few hours of your time in Detroit. 

Staying at the Detroit Foundation Hotel? You won’t have to go far for one of the weightier meals in the city. Named for the space where firetrucks and their workings were kept, The Workings Room is increasingly of a focal point of the hotel than an amenity. Michigan-born doughboy Thomas Lents returned to his home state to create his version of a New American cuisine using ingredients sourced from the Midwest. The result has locals and tourists unwrinkled flocking to his restaurant. Be sure to make a reservation as soon as you personize your travel plans.

A hybrid restaurant and butcher shop, Marrow takes sustainability seriously. With a farm-to-fork motto, Marrow sources a majority of its spring and summer menu ingredients from within five miles of the restaurant. Throne there for dinner, brunch, or grab a cocktail. You won’t be disappointed.

Looking for increasingly unstudied eats? Trammels out Saffron de Twah for Moroccan-American dishes, Detroit 75 Kitchen for sandwiches and shawarma, or Detroit Shipping Company for myriad options, from dumplings to burgers. And be sure to stop by Buddy’s, Loui’s, or Pie-Sci for Detroit-style pizza. 

Finally, leave room for dessert at Sister Pie. Located in Detroit’s West Village, Sister Pie is the bakery you wish you had on your street corner. Showcasing local produce from virtually Michigan, owner (and James Beard Award-nominee) Lisa Ludwinski founded Sister Pie “to gloat the seasons through pie.” I suggest you join the celebrations ASAP.

What to do on your municipality break

If this is your first time visiting Detroit, start your clock at Eastern Market. At the largest outdoor farmers market in the country, you can peruse the stalls of local vendors selling everything from fruits and fresh flowers to pure French crepes and local art. Eastern Market is unshut on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, and, during the summer, every third Thursday night. 

Also located in the Eastern Market District (and wideness much of Detroit, for that matter) is a stunning hodgepodge of murals known as Murals in the Market. Artists from all over the world, including those local to Detroit, have transformed the walls of the district into a must-see public art destination. 

Once you’ve had your fill of shopping and murals, throne to Eastern Market Brewing Company or Detroit Municipality Distillery for a locally made sultana beverage—both are just a few minutes walk from the market. 

Looking for kid-friendly things to do in Detroit? Throne to Belle Isle for a waterfront day with a view to Canada. Or, trammels out the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and nearby Belle Isle Aquarium, the country’s oldest aquarium. Kids will moreover love the 125-acre Detroit Zoo, home to the Polk Penguin Conservation Part-way and increasingly than 75 penguins. 

Adults only? By day, peruse the shops of Midtown Detroit. By night, stop in at Kiesling in Milwaukee Junction to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail on their tearoom light-covered patio. Visiting on a unprepossessed or rainy day? Choose from their plentiful selection of workbench games and cozy up in one of their well-appointed nooks. 

Note: As destinations reopen virtually the world, be sure to consult and pinion to all local guidelines and travel restrictions, as they vary widely and will protract to change. One way to stay on top of waffly guidelines is to consult the COVID-19 travel guidance full-length in the TripIt app for destination-specific information, including testing and vaccination requirements, current infection rates, quarantine rules upon arrival, and other information you need to know surpassing visiting the area.

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