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Detroit, known also as Motor City, is the largest city in the state of Michigan. Famed for its once dominant auto industry and as the birthplace of the Motown sound, a soul-influenced genre of pop music, it has seen hard times. The city is beginning to experience a resurgence through a determined effort by local government to regain control of its finances and invest in revitalization. Visitors can witness this transformation as it develops, and reflect on the checkered history of this once mighty metropolis. If you visit Detroit during the summer months, you’ll find temperatures of 80 – 84 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s high tourist season, with a busy schedule of festivals and events, so flight and accommodation prices will be at their peak. In winter, Detroit is frigid, with daily high temperatures at 29 – 39 degrees Fahrenheit. You won’t have to fight the crowds though, so it could be a good time to travel here. The only busy period is between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall offer moderate temperatures, and fall is less busy than spring, so it may be a better choice for your Detroit getaway.
Book direct flights to Detroit from cities across the US with Delta, United, jetBlue, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, or Spirit Airlines. Flights with one or more stops are available from Korean Air or China Eastern.
Detroit Metro Airport is a major international airport with 2 terminals covering 4,850 acres in Romulus, a suburb of Detroit. You have several options for travel from the airport into Downtown Detroit.
Only 2 taxi companies are authorized to operate at the airport; you’ll find them in the ground transportation center at both terminals, on level 4. The trip into Detroit will take around 30 minutes and cost you about $44.00 USD.
Commercial shuttles and hotel courtesy shuttles are available at ground transportation for both terminals. You may prearrange pickup. Always ask when booking a hotel if they offer shuttle services.
Board the SMART Express bus 261 at either terminal and ride to Cass Ave and Michigan Ave in about an hour, for a fare of $2.00 USD. You can also take SMART bus 125 from McNamara Terminal to Larned St and St. Antoine St, then walk 2 minutes to Jefferson Ave and St Antoine St and board Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus 25, 34, or 7 and ride to Michigan Ave and Washington Blvd. The fare, including transfer, is $2.25 USD.
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If you plan to venture beyond Downtown Detroit, your best bet is to rent a car. Otherwise, you can get around on foot, by bus, or use the elevated rail service called the People Mover. Here’s what you should know about Detroit transportation.
Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) buses serve most parts of the city. An adult fare is $1.50 USD and children under 44 inches ride free with an adult. Another excellent public transport option for visitors is the elevated light rail system, the People Mover, which runs a 3-mile loop through downtown and offers exciting views of famous landmarks. There are 13 stops including the Renaissance Center, Joe Louis arena where the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings play, Campus Martius Park, and Greektown. The fare for the People Mover is an economical $0.75 USD.
Taxis are typically easy to hail around stadiums, museums and hotels or other tourist hotspots. They charge $2.50 USD to start, with an additional $1.00 USD per mile, and a waiting charge of $24.00 USD per hour, plus tips. You may get a cheaper ride if you call Uber or Lyft; both services operate in Detroit.
For those who prefer to get around on two wheels, Detroit’s bike-share program, MoGo, offers 43 stations within the downtown area where you can pick up a bike and ride. An $8.00 USD day pass allows you unlimited 30-minute rides.
If you want to visit a lively city with energy, you should certainly travel to Detroit. You can witness the exciting revitalization that is taking place as entrepreneurs and visionaries work to restore their beloved home. Here are some suggestions for your itinerary.
Detroit has earned a bad reputation due to its high crime rate, but don’t let that deter you from visiting. Practice caution, and avoid venturing into questionable neighborhoods, especially after dark. Always lock your vehicle, and don’t wear expensive clothing and jewellry while using public transit.
There are certainly safe parts of the city where you can feel as confident walking around as you do in any large city. These include Downtown Detroit, Greektown, Midtown and Corktown (during daylight hours).