With its colourful street art, lush greenways and industrial history, Detroit is a city of contrasts. Nicknamed "Motor City" for its automotive industry history, Detroit is now lined with trendy cafes, quirky museums and world-class markets.
Things to do in Detroit
Designed by local legend Albert Kahn, the Art Deco Fisher Building is considered a Detroit icon. Its granite and marble facade gleams in the sunlight. One of the most beautiful skyscrapers in the country, its cavernous vaulted ceilings are decorated with an array of paintings and mosaics.
Housed in the building where Berry Gordy launched Motown Records, the Motown Historical Museum is a must for music lovers. Learn about the label that sparked the careers of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross, rock out in the famous Studio A and admire Motown memorabilia.
Looking for local cuisine? Head to Eastern Market to find a smorgasbord of cheeses, spices, baked goods, donuts, coffee roasters and everything in-between. In addition to its food scene, Eastern Market is also one of America’s hottest street art destinations with a range of vivid murals.
From original Picasso pieces to African American sculptures, the Detroit Institute of Art boasts one of the world’s finest collections of artwork. Diego Rivera's famous “Detroit Industry” mural steals the spotlight and offers a poignant glimpse at the city’s blue-collar legacy.
Getting around Detroit
The QLine streetcar is a great way to get around downtown Detroit, stopping at Midtown museums and major sports venues. For an eco-friendly way to get around, take advantage of MoGo, Detroit's new bike-share program. You can also jump aboard a local bus or hail a taxi.