These days when you visit Detroit, it’s not just the lustrous, Golden-era history that will enchant you, but the revival of the city’s culture bursting around every corner. From the Heidelberg Project, a community project that fills downtown neighborhoods with art, to the young chefs raising the bar on the city’s already stellar eating options, you’ll have plenty to take in.
Pick up your Detroit airport car rental alternative upon arrival to get into all of Detroit’s nooks and crannies — and you won’t be able to miss the iconic local history of Motown and automobiles.
While there’s nothing as pressing as the present, Detroit wouldn’t be the cultural hub it is today if not for the past.
Step into this small house that was the birthplace of Motown music, and belt out a tune in the same Studio A where the likes of The Supremes and Marvin Gaye laid down their tracks.
In the suburb of Dearborn, you’ll find this extensive collection of exhibits on the evolving technology of automobiles, plus fascinating historical memorabilia, like the presidential limo from JFK’s last ride.
Presenting a broad view of the African-American experience from the Underground Railroad to the present, this large collection of artifacts, art, and stories provides an educational and moving journey.
For the quintessential Lake Michigan beach town experience, book your Detroit car rental alternative on Turo to snap out your towel on these fine dunes. You can also quaintly sip cider or cocoa in town.
After you get over the indignation of having to drive two hours into Ohio for hike-worthy terrain, direct your Detroit car rental alternative to this park, where your efforts will be rewarded with cold, hard waterfalls.
For a small-town feel in a city that isn’t actually small, head over to the home of the University of Michigan, where you can delight in the refined arts and dining scene, or football fandom.
For a short but very sweet scenic drive, especially in the fall, roll your Detroit car rental alternative up M-119 from Harbor Springs to Cross Village to see 22 miles of verdant trees and foliage.
When all you need is a dramatic coastal drive, take your Detroit car rental alternative out to Port Huron and hug the shore of Lake Huron all the way up to Bay City.
This 200-mile stretch from Detroit to New Buffalo will wind your Detroit car rental alternative around highlights of the city, through funky small towns with rad garage sales, and out to the third coast itself.