4 hrs in Detroit

Old Jul 11, 19, 11:58 am
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4 hrs in Detroit

I'm going to have some time in Detroit before I fly out later this month. About 4 hrs before I need to be at the airport. Is there anything worth seeing downtown? Or am I better off chilling in the SkyClub during that time. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old Jul 11, 19, 12:57 pm
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Tigers game? Casino? Get a Coney Island hot dog or Detroit style pizza.

Otherwise, if it were me, I'd just head to the airport.
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Old Jul 11, 19, 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by jackvogt View Post
I'm going to have some time in Detroit before I fly out later this month. About 4 hrs before I need to be at the airport. Is there anything worth seeing downtown? Or am I better off chilling in the SkyClub during that time. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
If you're downtown, and the weather is good, some time on the Riverwalk near the Ren Cen is well worth while. Some of the older buildings such as the Fisher Building or the Guardian Building would be worth seeing too.

A people mover trip or a ride on the Qline light rail system might be interesting.

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Old Jul 11, 19, 5:44 pm
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Great thanks! I do love some old buildings! Do you think 4 hrs is enough time to hop over to Windsor and walk around a little bit? If not then I'll certainly stick around downtown area.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 11:11 am
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My suggestion

Originally Posted by jackvogt View Post
Great thanks! I do love some old buildings! Do you think 4 hrs is enough time to hop over to Windsor and walk around a little bit? If not then I'll certainly stick around downtown area.
Although customs to Windsor is not usually bad, it could slow you down on one end or the other. I'd stay in Detroit, which is getting cooler by the day.

You might enjoy Corktown.
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Old Jul 12, 19, 11:22 am
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I wouldn't risk Windsor. I'd look around in the Ren Cen area. There's also a cool restored historic hotel (IIRC Detroit Cadillac, probably legacy SPG LC) which probably has some other interesting buildings in the neighborhood. I've gone to nice restaurants in old mansions. Depending on the time of day, perhaps a drink in a hotel bar(Cadillac or maybe in the Ren Cen).

I think I've seen signs for an air museum of some sort vaguely near the airport, but I've never checked it out.

Instead of exploring parts of Detroit, you might want to spend a couple hours in Ann Arbor. It has a cute downtown with coffee places, etc. and the campus has some interesting buildings,

The DL terminal at DTW is interesting too. There are four SCs, although the two end ones are closed on weekends IIRC. There's the psychedelic tunnel, the overhead red train, and the (RIP) former "sign a rock" spot. The Westin hotel (landside but with its own TSA airport security entrance, unfortunately at best with PreCheck lite) has a pleasant lobby bar and restaurant and an impressive bamboo forest in the lobby. [It's fun to watch the workers taking care of the trees.]
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Old Jul 12, 19, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post

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I think I've seen signs for an air museum of some sort vaguely near the airport, but I've never checked it out.

Instead of exploring parts of Detroit, you might want to spend a couple hours in Ann Arbor. It has a cute downtown with coffee places, etc. and the campus has some interesting buildings,
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You're thinking of the Yankee Air Force at the Willow Run Airport and Ann Arbor has a major Art Fair July 18 - 20 with something like 1000 artist booths.

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Speaking of old buildings

Originally Posted by jackvogt View Post
Great thanks! I do love some old buildings! Do you think 4 hrs is enough time to hop over to Windsor and walk around a little bit? If not then I'll certainly stick around downtown area.
You could visit Greenfield Village instead..a bit closer to airport and many truly historic buildings.

https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/greenfield-village/
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