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Whether you call it Motor City or Motown, there's no denying that Detroit has impacted American culture. One of the Midwest's oldest cities, Detroit was originally established as a trading post before it became the home for America's auto industry and the sounds of Diana Ross, the Temptations, and others. Today, Detroit tourism centers around its revitalized downtown. Cultural institutions such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which performs in the restored Max M. Fisher Music Center, and sports teams, such as Detroit Red Wings hockey and Detroit Lions football, are favorites among visitors and locals alike. Flights to Detroit touch down at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, one of the busiest airports in the nation.

When To Go

Detroit can be a year-round vacation destination, with indoor attractions during the winter and outdoor activities such as fishing, biking, and boating in summer. The most popular time to visit is summer, when the weather is the warmest and schools are on break. Fall and winter attract the fewest visitors, because of colder temperatures. Spring can be the ideal time to visit as there are fewer visitors and the weather is pleasant.

high season: May to September
low season: October to February
shoulder season: March to April

Weather Information

Detroit experiences four seasons. Summers can be warm, with average highs in the mid 70s to low 80s. High temperatures range from the 40s to the 60s during spring and fall. Winters are typically cold, with snow and average highs in the 20s and 30s.

Crowd Information

Detroit gets busy during major events such as the North American International Auto Show in January, Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival over Memorial Day weekend, the Target Fireworks and Detroit International River Days in June, the Comerica CityFest in July, the Woodward Dream Cruise in August, and the Detroit International Jazz Festival and Chrysler Arts, Beats & Eats over Labor Day weekend.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year, but it's wise to check with establishments for seasonal hours before going.

When to Save

Detroit is a fairly affordable destination throughout the year. However, specials are offered on weekends due to the lack of business travel. Prices may rise during major sporting events.

Information provided by Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

A few more sites for information

  • Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau: The city's official website features an events calendar, easily searchable by date, month, and type of activity.
  • This popular website for current weather provides forecasts, a flight tracker, and temperature averages for the previous year.
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