Detroit Itinerary: Ways to Spend A Day or Two in the 'D'

Adventures aren’t limited to faraway vacation spots. From tours and sightseeing, dining and shopping, to hotels and cultural activities, there’s a whole lot to see and do right in our own backyard. So make a day (or a weekend) of it with this trek of Motown. Just remember to bring a pair of comfortable shoes.


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> Meet the neighborhoods: Corktown, Boston-Edison, Palmer Woods, Indian Village, Brush Park, Lafayette Park, Southwest Detroit (Mexicantown), and Woodbridge, among others. See and click “neighborhoods” for a map.

> Water: Lake Shore Drive in the Grosse Pointes and Grosse Ile (Downriver).

> Meander: Edward Hines Drive, Outer Drive.

> Go west: Drive Michigan Avenue (historic US-12, a Native American trail that became the Detroit and Chicago Road) toward Saline and as far west as time permits (all the way to Chicago, if you like).

> Fort Street: From downtown to Downriver, you’ll cross the Rouge on a drawbridge and get a Rust Belt view of the city’s inner workings.

> Jefferson: Toward Algonac or to Downriver.

> M-1 Light-rail preview: Start at Woodward and Jefferson and cruise Detroit’s main artery to your desired transit stop.

> Cruise: Wind around Belle Isle on roads with such names as Sunset, Riverbank, Lakeside Drive, Loiter Way, Shadow Nook, and Vista Way.

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