Detroit Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Detroit Trip Guide

Looking to change things up? Find inspiration in the renewed Motor City, with attractions such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Motown Museum, Comerica Park, and Edsel and Eleanor Ford House.
Detroit's Eastern Market is busiest on Saturdays.
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What to do

Comerica Park Cheer on Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers while dining on traditional stadium fare. (313) 471-2000;

Cranbrook Educational Community In suburban Bloomfield Hills, this campus of buildings and institutions includes 40 acres of lovely gardens, plus an art museum with works by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. The campus is a National Historic Landmark. (248) 645-3000;

Detroit Institute of Arts The collection is staggering but renowned for containing Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry mural and for emphasizing the relevance of each piece on display. (313) 833-7900; 

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Edsel Ford (the only child of Henry Ford) and his wife built this country manor in the 1920s. From its setting on Lake St. Clair to its artistic treasures, everything is first-class. Located in Grosse Pointe Shores, 15 miles northeast of Detroit. (313) 884-4222;

The Henry Ford An evolving roster of family-friendly activities, events and exhibitions in Dearborn celebrates history and its continuing impact. Visitors see historical memorabilia from the automaker’s collection (Lincoln’s seat at Ford’s Theatre) and rotating exhibits. (313) 982-6001;

Motown Museum The birthplace of Motown Records sits 10 minutes north of downtown. Exhibits of costumes and instruments are great; guides are entertaining. (313) 875-2264;

The People Mover At just 75 cents a ride, this is a steal. The People Mover operates on a loop through downtown, with stops close to Comerica Park, Greektown and the RiverWalk. (313) 224-2160;

Where to eat

Atlas Global Bistro From in-house ground burger to the duck confit, everything is prepared with care at this bistro in a historical building. (313) 831-2241;

Pegasus Taverna Walk to a game at Comerica Park or Ford Field after dinner at this Greektown spot. Try the saganaki haloumi, goat cheese served with flaming brandy. (313) 964-6800;

Rattlesnake Club Whether you get dinner or just cocktails, plan to sit on the patio along the river. (313) 567-4400;

Roast Celebrity chef Michael Symon’s restaurant in the Westin Book Cadillac is a meat-lover’s paradise. Come here for 14-ounce veal chops and porterhouses the size of shoeboxes. (313) 961-2500;

Roma Cafe Located in the Eastern Market neighborhood, Detroit’s oldest restaurant still serves exceptional Italian food. (313) 831-5940;

Toasted Oak Grill and Market In Novi’s Baronette Hotel, the restaurant showcases regional foods by an award-winning chef. (248) 277-6000;

Where to stay

The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel Try The Henry Ford package: breakfast for two adults and two tickets to The Henry Ford. (313) 271-2700;

Greektown Casino-Hotel This stylish hotel, connected to the casino, makes a great base from which to explore downtown. Dine at elegant Bistro 555 on-site for Greek pizza. (877) 424-5554;

The Westin Book Cadillac Though the exterior retains its Italian Renaissance styling, the guest rooms are modern. (313) 442-1600;

For information: Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (800) 338-7648;

Dearborn Area Chamber of Commerce (313) 584-6100;  

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