Unseen Things to See and Do in Detroit

Since the coronavirus has stopped traveling for more than four months, I thought I would start sharing more posts about destinations here in the US. It is true that we should not travel much at the moment, but you can always use these tips for after. Today, my former creative director Raimee from Remote Raimee shares her tips and advice for visiting Detroit, one of the most underrated cities in the country.

North of the western end of Lake Erie is Detroit, Michigan, a sprawling metropolis that is home to more than four million people. Haunted by the echoes of its past, the city is often overlooked or ignored by domestic and international travelers.

Having grown up in the Detroit area, I can understand why those who are unaware of its charm consider Detroit to be a depraved city burdened by debt, crime and a population on the run. However, I assure you that this preconceived idea could not be more wrong.

To inspire you to plan a trip, here is my curated list of things to see and do that I would recommend to anyone visiting Detroit:

1. Take a Free Walking Tour

Start your visit with a free walking tour. You will get an introduction to the city and its past, learn more about its development and recent developments and see the main sights of the city center. You will also have access to an experienced local guide who can answer all your questions.

Detroit Experience Factory offers free tours every day (as well as more detailed paid tours) that will give you a solid introduction. Just make sure to tip your guide at the end!

2. Explore the Eastern Market

The Oriental Market is a great market with local food, art, jewelry, crafts and much more. It covers 43 hectares and is the largest historic public market district in the United States, which is more than 150 years old.

There are three different market days during the week: Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. It is especially crowded on Saturdays, when farmers tend to offer their poultry, livestock and fresh products for sale.

3. Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts is a 130-year-old museum in the heart of Midtown and has something for every visitor. There are more than 65,000 works of art here, from classic pieces to more Moderna and contemporary pieces, spread over 100 different galleries. It’s a huge room!

While it’s easy to spend hours here, if you select your galleries in advance, you can be in and out in two hours without rushing.

4. Walk or Bike Along the Dequindre Cut

The Dequindre Cut Greenway is a two-mile urban recreational trail that provides a pedestrian connection between the East Riverfront, Eastern Market, and several residential neighborhoods in between. Along the way you will find all kinds of street art, as well as buskers in summer. It is a nice place to walk or jog and to explore the city.

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