Detroit September 01, 2021
Everyone Should Explore These 9 Stunning Places Around Detroit At Least Once
Those of us who call Metro Detroit home are keenly aware of its many attractions and beautiful destinations. While there’s plenty to be said for appreciating the Motor City area on our own, we can’t help but brag about all our region has to offer and encourage others to stop by. In that spirit, here are nine spectacular and unique places in and around Detroit that everyone should check out at least once.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Belle Isle
Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA
We’ll start out with an obvious selection: Belle Isle. Every Detroiter knows that this island park is marvelous in so many ways, whether you’re visiting to catch a sunset or to stroll through Whitcomb Conservatory. We recommend that guests spend at least a few hours here to peruse its many attractions - and don’t forget to snap a few photos of the skyline.
2. Nichols Arboretum
Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA
Make your way outside the city to Ann Arbor, a beloved college town where you’ll find everything from restaurants to quaint shops to the iconic University of Michigan. One of Ann Arbor’s most worthwhile attractions is Nichols Arboretum, known as “The Arb” among locals. This 123-acre wonderland boasts Huron River access, flora and fauna galore, and some of the most peaceful surroundings imaginable.
3. Elizabeth Park
Elizabeth Park Drive, Elizabeth Park Dr, Trenton, MI 48183, USA
Situated in Trenton, which can be accessed via car from the Motor City in approximately 30 minutes, Elizabeth Park is home to Detroit River frontage, opportunities for kayaking and bicycling, loads of greenery, and historic bridges. If that weren’t enough, this Metro Detroit gem features a children’s pony ranch that only adds to its magic vibes.
4. Kensington Metropark
Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Pkwy, Milford, MI 48380, USA
While the Huron-Clinton Metroparks system is broad, many locals are particularly fond of Kensington. This Milford treasure features a whopping 4,543 acres and offers an unparalleled natural experience only 40 minutes outside the city. The options for recreation are absolutely endless: visitors enjoy beachfront fun, boating on Kent Lake, hiking, cross-country skiing, exploring the on-site nature center, and so much more.
5. The Whitney
The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
If man-made beauty is more your speed, we’ve got you covered. The Whitney has long drawn in Detroiters and out-of-towners alike with its brilliant combination of history, delectable fare, and ambiance. Built in 1894 as a lumber baron’s mansion, the Whitney now operates as an upscale eatery complete with original woodwork, antique touches throughout, and a few ghost stories to boot.
6. Milliken State Park and Harbor
Milliken State Park Lighthouse, 42°19'57.0"N 83°01'28.8"W, Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Many non-Detroiters aren’t aware that our city is home to a state park. You read that right: there’s a state park smack dab in the middle of Detroit, and its beauty is truly second to none. Milliken State Park and Harbor sits along the shores of the Detroit River and boasts everything from a historic lighthouse to picnic spaces to gardens that offer vibrancy in the warmer months. Bring along your camera when you check out this locale, as you’ll surely want to capture its beauty.
7. The Sky Deck at Detroit Opera House
Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
If the exquisite Detroit Opera House itself weren’t stunning enough, this amazing structure is home to a Sky Deck that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding city. While this might be one of the more exclusive destinations on our list of must-see spots throughout Metro Detroit, we hope you’re lucky enough to attend a wedding reception or other special event here at least once.
8. The Blue Water Bridge
Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron, MI, USA
If you don’t mind making a 90-minute jaunt outside the immediate Metro Detroit area, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable experience in Port Huron. This waterfront town at the cusp of Lake Huron and the St. Clair River is home to the commanding Blue Water Bridge, which offers transport between the U.S. and neighboring Ontario, Canada. When you head out for a walk alongside the bridge, you’ll enjoy pretty river views and glimpses of freighters traversing the waterway.
9. Meadow Brook Hall
Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Dr, Rochester, MI 48309, USA
History buffs and architecture enthusiasts will be absolutely enamored with Meadow Brook Hall, a sprawling estate once occupied by automotive heiress Matilda Dodge Wilson. Now operating as a museum and cultural center on the grounds of Oakland University, the estate features a stunning Tudor style and some of the most impressive 1920s design touches you’ll ever experience.
Are there any other spectacular spots in and around Detroit that we should have included on our list? What are some of your favorites from our selection? We’re always eager to hear from you, so be sure to drop us a line in the Facebook comments or make an official recommendation by filling out our nomination form here.
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