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10 Reasons to Make Detroit Your Next Travel Assignment

Heading to Michigan for your next travel assignment? You’re in for an amazing 13 weeks! Not only are the pay rates some of the highest in the country, but the city and surrounding suburbs of Detroit offer endless amounts of entertainment for your days off. You may even just find yourself looking for an extension. Check out just a few of the things Detroit has to offer.

Image of the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory by Jim D.

Tons of FREE museums. It’s actually incredible that so many of the amazing museums in Detroit allow free admission to the public. Here are three must-sees: the Detroit Institute of Art, one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. The Detroit Historical Museum, showcasing the rich history of the city. And third, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. (Here is a tip: For the museums that aren’t free, pick up a Detroit Museum Adventure Pass from a local library).

Image of Belle Isle Park by Deb Nystrom

Belle Isle. Belle Isle Park, the gem of Detroit, is a 982-acre island where you can hit the beach, visit the country’s oldest aquarium, learn about the region’s rich maritime history at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, or even visit the turtles at the nature center.

Image of Michigan Central Station by Albert Duce

Abandoned Places. Fancying an adventure in an abandoned place? You can do so legally at Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Although it was closed by the 1970’s, visitors are allowed to walk around the outside premises. You may have already seen it in several Hollywood films, including Transformers and Four Brothers.

Image of Greektown by Jim Cagney

Greektown. Gyros, baklava, galaktoboureko. Need we say more? This area of Detroit is lively and bursting with delicious and authentic Greek food. Add this to your “MUST” list: Astoria Pastry Shop.

Image of Greektown by Jim Cagney

Tour the Historic Neighborhoods. If architecture is your thing, you can do a self-guided tour of the Historic Neighborhoods with a guide from Sites include a 45-block area of mansions built between 1905 and 1925, the historic Indian Village built on old wealth, and Corktown, the center of Irish culture and home to some of the first Victorian homes in the country.

Coney Dogs. If you’ve been associating Coney Dogs with any other place, it’s time for you to learn that Detroit is HOME to the Coney Dog – the delicious beef hot dog on a steamed bun topped with chili, raw onions, and mustard. Stop at a few places around the city and try the different variations ranging in anything from tomatoes and Worcestershire and brown sugar.

MotorCity Casino Hotel. Take in the unbelievable views of the city while hitting the slots at the famous MotorCity Casino Hotel. While you’re there, reserve a table and make it a dinner date at Iridescence – the only AAA 4 Diamond Award-winning restaurant in Michigan.

Major Festivals. Detroit is a major festival hub, celebrating everything from Greek Independence to electronic music. One of the “can’t miss” festivals is coming up in May – the Motor City Music Conference with over 400 bands from around the world. Check out a list of festivals here.

IMAX experiences. The Chrysler IMAX Dome, located in the Michigan Science Center, is the only one of its kind in the entire state of Michigan. What makes the IMAX Dome different? Check this out:

Three Pro Sports Teams. The Detroit Lions (NFL), Detroit Red Wings (NHL) and the Detroit Pistons (NBA) all call the city of Detroit home – a huge PLUS to living in the area when you’re looking for things to do.

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