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What to see and do in Detroit

A city scape of Detroit as viewed from across the water, with the bright city lights lit up against a dusky evening sky

Introduction to Detroit

Motor City is going through a revival, and we’re excited to witness it first hand. Want to join us?

Motown music, acclaimed art and design, and fine local flavors are among the appeal of this Midwest metropolis, named one of Time magazine’s World’s Greatest Places in 2022.

Icelandair offers regular flights to Detroit from the UK. Book now for your chance to explore this thriving American city that’s been flying under the radar.

But before you discover the Motown music that Detroit is rightfully celebrated for, how about unearthing Iceland’s very own renowned music scene? When you book a flight to Detroit with Icelandair you can add a stopover in Iceland at no additional fee.

The best time to go to Detroit

Like a lot of well-known American states, Michigan is an exciting place to visit all-year round.

That being said, the shoulder seasons (April to May and November to December) are the perfect time to visit Detroit for those hoping to avoid those summer crowds. You’ll find spring and autumn bring with them more favorable weather conditions.

Visiting slightly off-season can also see you bag a better deal on accommodation and flight prices.

Though if you don’t mind those colder temperatures, Detroit in the winter is definitely not a write-off. There may be snow on the ground but it only adds to the city’s allure.

Plus, Detroit definitely doesn’t hold back on the festivities. Expect Christmas markets, festive lights and inner-city ice rinks in abundance. Just don’t forget your winter coat!

A view of downtown Detroit, where a statue is in the foreground, set against the Masonic Tample and some autumnal trees
The Spirit of Detroit statue pictured on an overcast day, with high rise buildings in the background

Things to do in and around Detroit

Whilst Detroit is a large, sprawling city with plenty to discover within Michigan state lines, you are well placed to do some exploring, too. Cross the river into Canada and you might even be tempted to cover the 380km (236m) that it takes to reach Niagara Falls.

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home but have a taste for the outdoors, Belle Isle Park is an island in the Detroit River near Downtown Detroit that’s well worth visiting.

It’s accessible by bridge and features a zoo, aquarium, conservatory, beach and even a museum dedicated to the Great Lakes. So there really is something for everyone. Plus there’s plenty of space to hike, BBQ, kayak and more. What’s not to love?

Further afield, the town of Ann Arbor regularly comes out on top in surveys on the best places to live in the US. It’s a pretty university town with a vibrant arts and culture scene, just 70 km west of Detroit. Amtrak trains run between the two cities making it all the more accessible.

Places to visit in Detroit

Detroit was once one of America’s most booming states. With its heyday centered around the automobile industries in the 20th century. Its legacy of stunning architecture from that time means you’ll find art deco in abundance.

The statue called The Spirit of Detroit is a 26-foot monument which has the seals of the City of Detroit and Wayne County on it's wall.

What’s more, the Henry Ford Museum is home to incredible displays of classic cars alongside a smorgasbord of top-tier exhibits.

Another endearing homegrown icon is Detroit’s Motown; a musical genre that combines rhythm and blues with pop - think Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder. For music fans, the Motown Museum is a must.

Art and design fans have a lot to celebrate too. From world-class street art to the fresco-filled Detroit Institute of Arts and incredible sculptures such as "The Fist"; there’s plenty to feast your eyes on. Plus, Detroit is the first and only American city to be named a UNESCO City of Design. Check out the Heidelberg Project for inspiring, electric outdoor art.

The First sculpture pictured from the front-on, set against a blue sky day, with an American flag positioned to the left hand side of the picture
An interior of a restaurant in Detroit, with a server walking towards the camera holding several bottles of beer and people waiting to be served at the bar

Places to eat in Detroit

Get a taste of local flavors when you head to Eastern Market.

Formed in 1891, it’s the largest farmer’s market in the US, and is surrounded by a thriving neighborhood filled with mouth-watering food spots and funky shops.

Detroit’s famous dishes consist of the square deep-dish pizza, Coney Island hot dogs (topped with chili, onions, and mustard, of course) as well as corned beef sandwiches.

In addition to the old-school favorites, you can expect a slew of creative chefs doing their thing in upcoming restaurants and cafes, especially in the cool neighborhood of Corktown.

You’ll also find that there’s an abundance of multicultural eats thanks to the city’s diverse population. Head to Greektown for, you guessed it, Greek food, Hamtramck for Polish food, Dearborn for Arabic food and Corktown, well everything!

Getting around Detroit

Whilst you can explore the individual districts of Detroit on foot, it’s advised that you use public transport to travel between them.

Detroit is a well-connected city, with regular light-rail, streetcar systems, bus, taxi and shuttle services.

There’s also a train service if you plan on traveling outside the center. Detroit’s public transport is hailed for offering flexible, cheap and fast ways to get around the city.

If you want to, you can rent a car on your holiday to Detroit, though the traffic can be pretty hectic and parking can be tricky, too, so we recommend hopping on public transport instead.

A birds eye view of a central square in Detroit, with people mulling around, bright umbrellas put up, and a beautiful street art piece on the pavement below

FAQs about travel to Detroit

Helpful information for travellers to Detroit, USA

Does Icelandair offer flights to Detroit from Ireland?

Icelandair offers flights from Dublin to Detroit. Use the booking tool above to view the latest flights to Detroit.

When can you book the cheapest flights to Detroit?

You’re most likely to find cheap flights to Detroit during its coldest months, making January and February the cheapest months to fly to Detroit.

No matter what time of the year you book tickets to Detroit, we recommend booking your flights in advance to secure the best deal.

Cheap flights from Dublin are best found when booking your return flight in advance. Detroit is a pretty popular place to visit year-round, so check our flight deals regularly and book in advance to find the cheapest ticket prices.

Which airport do you fly into for Detroit?

Flights to Detroit from Ireland with Icelandair fly into Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport (DTW).

How long is the flight to Detroit from Ireland?

Dublin to Detroit flights take an average of 9 hours. Flight times from other airports may vary.