Detroit has seen more than its share of hard times, but through it all, it has retained a uniquely American spirit of determination, grit, and reinvention. Anyone willing to give it a chance will be deeply rewarded by the hidden history, culture, and even beauty of this often overlooked city.
Flights to Detroit Wayne County Airport (DTW)
It’s not difficult to find cheap flights to Detroit Wayne County Airport. DTW is one of the biggest air transportation centers in the country and serves as Delta Airlines second largest base. Spirit Airlines was founded in Detroit, and this is still its second busiest hub. More than 32 million passengers travel through DTW every year.
The airport is divided into two large terminals. The enormous Edward H. McNamara Terminal is comprised of 3 concourses, and also hosts an attached 4 star Westin hotel. Moving walkways and the ExpressTram people mover help passengers travel the mile-long A concourse.
The McNamara Terminal parking structure is a 10 level, 89 acre facility that is one of the largest parking structures in the world. Fleet of shuttles, buses, and taxis offer ground transportation options to and from DTW.
What to do in Detroit
Detroit’s impressive architecture stands tribute to its past glories, while the current low barrier to entry has brought forth an edgy entrepreneurial buzz with a new generation of pop-up galleries, restaurants, and shops. Despite the decline, Detroit’s motor industry is still central to its identity, so immerse yourself in the mechanical marvels of the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.
Detroit’s rich musical legacy lives on in the magical Motown museum, aka “Hitsville USA”. The Detroit Institute of Art is another hidden gem: a world class art museum with a billion dollar collection including Picasso, Degas, Diego Rivera, and much more.
Detroit is home to one of the country’s most gracious public outdoor spaces. The 1000 acre Belle Isle Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (of NYC’s Central Park fame) and hosts an aquarium, a zoo, a museum, a conservatory, and miles of walking trails. Management recently passed from the city to the state, and huge refurbishment works are planned.
Advice for Tourists Visiting Detroit
Detroit weathers some pretty fierce winter lows, so summer is the most popular time for a visit. The days are long and sunny with average high temperatures of just over 80 degrees. If you travel in the autumn, the climate is cool and crisp, with the bonus of blazing fall foliage. You’ll probably want some wheels to get around Motor City, so try Skyscanner’s free car rental price comparison tool for an unbeatable deal.