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Detroit is a city in the state of Michigan, in the Great Lakes region of the US, near the Canadian border. The city has an amazing musical heritage and was also once a major centre of car manufacturing. Nowadays, it’s becoming a magnet for entrepreneurs and alternative businesses. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Michigan, Ann Arbor, Flint and Toledo.
If you’re arriving via Windsor Airport then it’s an eight -mile drive by rental car to Detroit. En route, you will cross the Detroit river, which separates Canada and the US. The 32-mile long river flows from Lake St. Clair to Lake Erie.
Finding a hire car in Detroit is simple. You can rent a car from a range of providers at both Windsor Airport and within the city itself. Detroit has a number of paid parking facilities, including Bagley Avenue Parking, E Larned Street Parking and Roof. Detroit also has a wide variety of hotels to suite a range of budgets, including MotorCity Casino Hotel, Atheneum Suite Hotel and Best Western Greenfield Inn. Many hotels offer free parking for guests so do check before booking.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Dollar, Alamo and Thrifty. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.
There is much to see and do by hire car in Detroit. Nicknamed ‘Motor City’ because of its car industry heritage, Detroit is also the home of the legendary Motown record label. Nowadays, the city is experiencing a rebirth in the form of the many independent and alternative businesses that are making their home there. Places to visit by rental car in Detroit include the Motown Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fox Theatre performing arts space and Comerica Park, where you can watch the legendary Detroit Tigers baseball team at play in the summer. Belle Island Park on the Detroit river is a perfect day escape and includes a zoo, nature centre, aquarium, golf course, casino and garden.
Ann Arbor is a 45-mile drive from Detroit by hire car. This leafy city is nicknamed ‘Tree Town’ and was founded in the 19th century. It’s home to the prestigious University of Michigan and has a delightfully artsy, bookish feel. Key attractions include the University of Michigan campus, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Buhr Park, the Nichols Arboretum, Cobblestone Farm and Museum, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, which is aimed at children, and Graffiti Alley, an urban art space. Quirkier attractions include Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, a shop selling everything you need to build your own robot, and Ann Arbor’s ‘Fairy Doors’, magical little doorways dotted in walls across the city that open into miniature landscapes.
Lake Eerie is an 89-mile drive from Detroit. With shores that stretch to Canada, it’s one of the five great lakes in North America and the 13th largest in the world. At the Michigan end of the lake is the 1,300-acre Sterling State Park, which has over one mile of sandy beach and six miles of walking trails to explore.
Traffic in Detroit can get very congested, so perhaps aim to travel at quieter times. Plan ahead when driving through Michigan in winter, as conditions can be very icy. Remember that the US is right-hand drive and also keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the Michigan ones before your visit.
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