If you haven’t been to Detroit in awhile (or ever), get ready to be wowed by the Motor City. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but fueled by grit, moxie, and determination, the city is in the process of some serious reinvention. A few of the brightest spots in Detroit’s continuing comeback story are the District Detroit development (home to the city’s most iconic sports venues); notable museums, theaters, and cultural attractions; destination dining and casual eats; reliable, safe public transportation and edgy urban art. Feeling revved up yet? Here’s how to fill 48 hours with some of the best stuff Detroit has to offer.
9 a.m.: The sleek, uber-modern Detroit Metropolitan Airport makes a striking first impression on arrival, setting the stage for a sophisticated stay ahead. First order of business? Shake off any lingering jet lag and get your bearings with an architecture tour to admire some of the city’s most distinctive buildings, structures and skyscrapers. Go it alone with a self-guided stroll, or sign up for a curated Detroit Experience Factory journey on foot or by bus. Whichever option you choose, don’t miss the chance to peek inside the Guardian Building in downtown’s financial district; the domed interior lined with Pewabic Pottery art tiles is even more stunning than the facade. Take a breather at Campus Martius Park, the city’s premiere outdoor gathering space, where you’ll find an array of events, festivals, and activities going on all year long.
11 a.m.: One of the oldest and largest public markets in America operating in its present location since 1891, Eastern Market teems with vibrant street murals and locally sourced brunch and lunch options. If you weren’t hungry when you got here, you will be after wandering your way through the maze of tempting sights, tastes and smells that waft from the permanent stalls and the vendors who assemble for regular weekly markets. Coffee, wine, juices, meats, seafood, chicken, fresh fruit and veg, baked goods, cheese, pizza, ice cream, chocolate—you’ll find pretty much any flavor or cuisine you might be craving.
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