Citing “urban planning and building projects underway,” travel guide Fodor’s has named Detroit a go-to destination in 2019. Detroit comes in between Morocco’s Atlantic Coast and the Setouchi Region, Japan on the list of 52 places around the world to visit in the coming year, albeit for different reasons.
Fodor’s notes several development projects underway, both public spaces and new construction. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is singled out for its work developing more park space along the riverfront, including Atwater Beach, which will be completed in summer 2019. Skyline-changers the Monroe Blocks—set to break ground next month—and the Hudson’s site are also discussed as transforming the Central Business District.
Also cited is the plethora of new hotels recently opened and soon-to open downtown. The Foundation Hotel and Siren Hotel opened within the last two years, while the Shinola Hotel and Element Detroit Hotel at the Metropolitan Building are set to open by year’s end.
The write-up includes some good advice, including visiting in summer because winters are “brutally cold.” Visitors are also advised “Detroit is still very much in transition, so don’t be surprised to see boarded-up buildings next to new developments.” This is true to an extent downtown, in many places near the new Little Caesars Arena, and across the city.
For those visiting in the fall or winter, we offer many indoor places to visit in our pocket guide. The city is decorated and active during the holidays, and then busy in January for the auto show. But yes, bundle up.