Making your Detroit travel plans

AirplaneGetting to and making your Detroit travel plans should be a breeze. Before you get gung-ho and excited to see all the museums, sporting events, and entertainment, you will need to outline which is the best method of travel for you taking into consideration your budget.

Do you want to drive or fly? What hotel reservations do you need to make, and what is the weather going to be like? These are all important things to consider when making your Detroit travel plans.

Flying to Detroit

If you are in the United States, of course you will be able to book a flight on all the major airlines. One of the best recommendations I can give you is to make your air reservations early. This is of course if you are not looking for high class treatment. But to save you money, Southwest is one of the best airlines to take coming into the city.

When flying on Southwest, you will more than likely fly through Chicago as your connecting flight although you can get direct flights to the area from many other places if you book in time.

I've gotten flights for as cheap as $49 which is great. For me it's all about efficiency. As long as I can get to my destination in a timely manner, I'm willing to sacrifice high class treatment.

As I said above all major airlines fly into the area. The main hub airline of Detroit is Delta Airlines and you can find daily flights for Northwest as well as airlines such as Delta, United, US Airways, etc. If you will be flying into the city, you will fly into Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) which is located about 15-20 minutes from the city. The airport's location also puts it around just about everything you need access to, so if you want to stay in a hotel close to the airport, there wouldn't be any hassles getting to attractions and other things in the city.

One thing I can recommend is that if you are going to rent a car anyways, you may be able to find cheaper deals for a flight that comes into Flint, Michigan. I have used this method many times when coming home from school in the past and the money you can save on a flight, is well worth the half hour to 45 minute drive to and from the city. Also, Metro Airport Parking should not be a problem either, as there is long term and short term parking for your convenience.

Driving to Detroit

If you would rather leave on your own time and enjoy the open road, driving to the city is also an option.

Three major interstates (I96, I94, and I75) run through the city as well as other in state freeways which provides you with plenty of access into downtown, and other areas of the city. If you are coming from west of the city, more than likely you will take I-94 east. If you're coming from the north or south, you will take I-75 into the city.

Driving to Detroit to prove to be the better option for you if you are in one of the neighboring states (or if you just like to drive). This provides you with more flexibility as you don't have to worry about returning a rental car at the airport or dealing with some of the hassles of checking in at the airport as well.

**Find info on Airport Parking Coupons for great deals and offers.**

Which is the best way to get to the city?

Getting to the city is all about your personal preference and your budget. Flying is of course quicker but making plane tickets in advance would be a good idea so you can get a cheaper price. If you live somewhere close to the city such as Chicago or Cleveland, the three or four hour drive might not be ad seeing as you could save money and go at your own pace. It's all up to you. So now that you know the basics of getting to the city, what else should you expect or prepare for? Look below to find out.

Weather and climate

This is one of the most important things you will want to prepare for when visiting the D. Making your plans during the summer or early fall will more than likely bring no surprises. You know, warm weather, light clothing, and you will rarely need a jacket.

If you are visiting in the late fall, early winter, or even the early parts of springtime, checking the weather before you come is key. You can get snow, rain, hail, even severe weather with the threat of tornadoes (yes in January!! Michigan!!) only to have the temperature go back to below freezing within a couple of days.


Of course, the main currency is USD. If you are coming from another country, you will find currency exchange stations at the airport so you won't need to worry. Also, you may want to visit Windsor, Ontario in Canada for a daytrip. If you chose to do this, they do accept USD over there and also make sure you bring your birth certificate, ID, and/or passport, or you will no be able to cross into Canada. It will seem so close looking across the river, yet seem so far away if you forget these things ;)

Hotel reservations

Of course finding a good hotel to stay at is very important. You can find great deals on finding cheap hotels if you're on a budget. See which hotels you should consider staying at here at my Hotels Page page.

Safety and health concerns

First of all I cannot act like people have a certain preconceived notion about the safety and crime concerns in Detroit from what they have heard on the news. My object on this site is to be completely honest with you because I want to help you have a great time in the city.

The truth is Detroit is not as "bad" like many people say it is. The truth is, some people who were around for the turbulent times Detroit had in the past are still bitter and will take every chance to bash the city, yet they have not visited in over 20 years. Many people like this like to imply that by simply setting foot or breathing in Detroit, you are liable to get mugged or be a victim of some violent crime. This is not true.

Yes Detroit has high crime stats. Most of these stats however are not your run of the mill crime on random people but on people who know each other and are dealing with illegal activity if you know what I mean.

I have lived here all my life and you want to know the biggest problem I've had with crime in Detroit? I got my bike stolen out of my garage, along with a lawnmower because I forgot to close the garage door overnight. Now it doesn't make it right, but that's an invitation to get robbed in any city.

Now Detroit is a big city, and like all big cities, it has its bad parts. There are areas which I wouldn't recommend you go into. Basically if you stay in and go to the areas which I highlight on this site, you will lower your chances of being a victim of a crime.

All in all use your common sense especially if you feel you might be driving or walking into an area you don't know. Don't leave your valuables out in the open when you park your car and don't walk alone along dark alleys. In terms of health, you have nothing to worry about. Detroit has some of the best quality water in the country as it surrounded by literally loads of fresh water. The water is safe to drink and many claim it to be as good as bottled water.

Food and restaurants

One of my favorite things about the city. You can find a lot of variety in the food you seek. You can find some of my favorite restaurants to cater to any of your cravings. Check out my Detroit Restaurant Guide for a more comprehensive list of places to go in the city.

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