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How to Spend 3 Days in Detroit

How to Spend 3 Days in Detroit

With three days in Detroit, you have plenty of time to learn about the city’s auto-manufacturing heyday and turbulent history and experience its cultural highlights, plus you can get out into the country and explore some of Michigan’s natural beauty. Here’s how to make the most of three days in Detroit.

Day 1: Explore Downtown Detroit

Spend your first morning getting to know the city on a walking or cycling tour of Downtown. Detroit was once an economic powerhouse, home to the booming auto industry and one of the wealthiest cities in the US. Reminders of its glorious past can still be seen throughout town, especially in the Downtown area, where some of the city’s most beautiful buildings have been renovated and reopened. Follow your guide to highlights such as the Guardian Building, the Westin Book Cadillac, and the Book Tower. In the afternoon, wander through the Detroit Institute of Arts, one of the largest collections of fine arts in the country. Round off your day with evening entertainment at a jazz club, perhaps the historic Cliff Bell’s.

Day 2: Day Trip to Ann Arbor

Devote your second day to the nearby university town of Ann Arbor, exploring independently or on a half-day guided tour. Less than an hour’s drive from Detroit, this lively and prosperous town is home to the University of Michigan, established in 1812. It’s easy to spend a day here, especially when the weather is good, exploring the town’s many shops, cafés, and arts centers.  Wander the gardens at the Nichols Arboretum, visit the University of Michigan Museum, stroll by the Huron River (or even kayak on it if you like), and check out the attractive university campus. One of Ann Arbor’s landmarks is the beautiful Michigan Theater—catch a movie or a live show to check out the interior.

Day 3: Natural Highlights

With Detroit and Ann Arbor in your pocket, strike out on your third day into the Michigan countryside. If you’re up for a bit of a journey, make the trip out to Saugatuck, a small town bordering both little Kalamazoo Lake and enormous Lake Michigan. Ranked among the best beach towns in the US, it’s a glorious place to spend a summer day, on the shores of Lake Michigan or just north of town in picturesque Saugatuck Dunes State Park. If you’d rather stay closer to Detroit, spend the day at Belle Isle Park instead. On an island in the middle of the Detroit River and very close to Downtown, the park is home to such attractions as an aquarium, a nature center, a beach, and a golf range. 

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SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Admission Ticket

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Admission Ticket

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Experience the magic of underwater marine life as you make your way from the Great Lakes of Michigan to the depths of the SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. Enjoy an afternoon—or an entire day—of informative talks, interactive exhibits, animal feeding shows and so much more. Discover the thrill of seeing blacktip reef sharks and gentle seahorses. Kids can also enjoy learning more about the underwater habitats of sea creatures. Whether you’re traveling with a family or looking to spend a day on your own, admission to SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium is sure to impress!
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan Admission Ticket

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan Admission Ticket

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan is an imaginative, indoor destination in the Auburn Hills designed for children aged three to 10. With all-day admission, you can see the magic in the LEGO® Factory, explore kid-sized Miniland, create a lightning-fast LEGO race car, and experience a 4D theater.
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Private Antique Car Tour of Historic Belle Isle

Private Antique Car Tour of Historic Belle Isle

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This is a one of a kind tour of historic Belle Isle park in an antique automobile -- a Ford Model A from 1930. Belle Isle has been a park since 1880. The views are fantastic, the history is rich, and the architecture is amazing. Come see why Belle Isle has been the gem of Detroit for the last 140 years. We ride with the top down when weather permits.
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