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Vroom, vroom! It’s time to cruise right into the heart of Motor City. Yes, Detroit’s automobile reputation goes all the way back to Henry Ford’s first Model T. But look under the hood of this city, and you’ll find far more than just the car industry.
It won’t take long to realize this city is absolute sensory overload. Its music history, art, cuisine—it’ll impact you, from your eardrums to your taste buds. Snag last-minute hotel deals in Detroit, MI and get ready to dazzle your senses. Crank up the Motown and don’t forget your appetite, because Detroit is ready to rev your engine.
Groove On: Motown has its roots in Detroit (it’s a mash-up of the nickname “Motor Town,” after all) so music is kind of a big deal here. Score one of the hotels near Downtown Detroit, and tune into the music scene. Hit up Motown Museum, catch the Detroit International Jazz Festival (it’s free!), or scour vintage vinyl at Hello Records.
Get Artsy: Add a splash of color into your life at the many art exhibits and installations around town. See spots at The Heidelberg Project, a political art installation involving dot-splattered homes. And head over to nearby Hamtramck for the kooky folk art at Hamtramck Disneyland. For a more traditional yet equally mind-blowing art experience, mosey around the exhibits at the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum.
Come Hungry: The food scene is serious business here, so write this down. First up, get a Coney dog—yes, it has a NYC name, but don’t ask questions. American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island serve the famous chili-slathered hot dogs. Next, it’s all about the soul food: collard greens, catfish, and cornbread. Save room for seconds at soul food joints Detroit Soul and SavannahBlue. Finally, nab a hotel near Greektown Detroit and Greek restaurant hop, eating your weight in gyros and saganaki.
Move Over Breweries: Yes, the entire state is known for its rad breweries, but few know about the area’s mad mead-making skills. Step right up and sample the sweetness at local meaderies like B. Nektar and Schramm’s Mead in neighboring Ferndale.
Listen to your spidey senses: it’s time to turn up the volume in this epic city. Grab a deal on hotels in Dearborn or up the ante with a hotel with a Jacuzzi in Detroit. To further sweeten the deal, go the Hotwire Hot Rate route—you could get a 4-star hotel at a 2-star price!