Detroit has such a bad reputation but I have come to love this city over the years. It’s small but so very beautiful and charming, you just have to know where to look. A lot of people have hesitation over visiting Motown because of safety concerns but if you stay within the heart of downtown, you will come to find out that there is nothing to worry about and that the city is booming with locals and travelers just the same. You can see all of these spots within a day if you wanted but I’d recommend spacing it out so you’re able to fully experience all of them. There are many other spots in Detroit that I love too but these are my top 5.
DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ARTS
This beautiful art museum is renounced all around the world, and for good reason too. Not only is the outside absolutely stunning but the art exhibits inside are equally as beautiful. Looking at the art never gets old. The DIA is the MET of Detroit.
Known as the oldest neighborhood in Detroit, this is another one of my favorite spots. Along Michigan Avenue you will find DELICIOUS restaurants to try. Another landmark of Corktown is the old train station also located near Michigan Ave. It is a masterpiece to admire. It is undergoing some construction right now because Ford Motor Company bought the building to use but nonetheless, a beauty.
What I consider to be the heart of Detroit, we have Campus Martius. In the winter, this is where we have our Christmas tree and ice skating arena and then in the summer-time, we have a sand pit, outside bar, and lawn for outside sitting. No matter what season you visit, it will sure be one to remember.
This alley is filled with beautiful murals (hello Insta pictures) and fun bars. I would recommend this spot as a must-visit for the younger crowd because of the bars and areas surrounding it. During the night, the area is popping. If you visit during the day, I also recommend exploring the Z Lot which is right next to the alley. The Z Lot is filled with art and so many views.
THE FOX THEATER
Right in front of Comerica Park is the iconic Fox Theater. This is one of my absolute favorite places to take pics. The sign and the lights in the back during the night time are so fun. A lot of concerts are held here (pre-COVID of course) and the inside brings such an old and eclectic vibe. I recommend exploring our baseball field too when you visit which is right across the street (Comerica Park).
Give Motown a try and visit this one-of-a-kind city. I promise there are so many other places to explore around the area as well so definitely do your research and see what else the area has to offer.