Detroit

Detroit is the most populated city in Michigan, and the biggest city on the United States–Canada border. The city’s diversity has influenced not only the US, but other countries as well. One can mostly see it in the music industry as Detroit has popularize genres like Motown and techno; it also was important during the development of jazz, hip-hop, rock, and punk music. There is much to see and do in Detroit, so you should take precautions to fully enjoy your vacation. Bellow, you will find what you need to know when visiting the city.

SAFETY INDEX

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Unsafe areas are generally far away from any tourist attractions and have little to no interest for visitors. Most crime occurs between individuals who know each other or in high crime-ridden areas of the city. We recommend you take normal safety precautions and exercise common sense as you would in any other major city. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocket and bag and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Muggings are the crime for tourists to be concerned with. Though most victims are not physically injured, criminals usually do not hesitate to use force if the target does not cooperate; in case of being robbed, do not resist and hand over your valuables.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you. Homeless people can be aggressive towards you if you don’t hand them money. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you. Credit card scams are also common. Never leave your card out of sight, and withdraw money from reputable banks or hotels.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

If you are driving, stick to major roads and freeways to avoid unnecessary problems. Carjacking is not very common, but it can occur in dangerous and isolated districts. Also important to note are the aggressive and sometimes violent confrontations that can happen after a car accident, especially the ones that pedestrians.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Detroit has a low risk of natural disasters.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks are unlikely. However, they cannot be ruled out. Remain vigilant and take advice from authorities, hotels and tour operators.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Many women travel safely without any issues.

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WHAT TO DO?

Although the crime rate has decreased, Detroit is still one of the most dangerous cities in the United States of America. However, this does not mean that the whole city is dangerous. You should only avoid areas in the city that have high crime rates as some other areas are considered safe and tourist friendly.  Most tourist attractions are in the safe downtown and midtown neighborhoods, so we recommend that you stay within these areas. Nonetheless, opportunistic crimes can and do occur in downtown and midtown; take standard precautions if you are out after dark like staying in groups and not carrying large amounts of money. If you are an arts and music lover, keep in mind that much of the current scene is between downtown venues like the Majestic Theater/Magic Stick complex, places in Hamtramck, and suburban venues in places like Royal Oak. Some venues like Harpo's, Fort Wayne and The Heidelberg Project are in dangerous areas.

Downtown

This is Detroit's central business district. It is home to most of the important skyscrapers in the city. Downtown is also the United States’ second largest theatre district, and you can also find many parks, three casinos, and three major league sporting venues.

Midtown-New Center

The Midtown-New Center is also known as Detroit's cultural center. And as such, you can find many world class museums, art galleries, and the Wayne State University.

East Side

Located in the eastside of Detroit, this former blue collar neighborhood has suffered from large urban decay. However, it has many hidden gems like Belle Isle and The Heidelberg Project. Definitely worth checking out if you have a car, including.

Useful Information

The US has one of the harshest entry policy, sometimes asking for an interview even for a tourist visa. Prepare to pay fees up to USD 160 for your application. Some countries like the ones from the EU or Australia have a visa waiver program (ESTA) which can be filled online. See https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html for more information. Strong custom regulations also apply (see the CPB website for more details), and the Travel Safety Administration can open your luggage without your presence. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in the United States is the US Dollar. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted countrywide, and ATMs are found nearly in every city. The costs can vary widely between the states, but it is fair to assume a $100 budget per day on average, $150 if you rent a car and around $300 for top end accomodation. A 10% service tipping is customary in many sectors such as airport and hotel bag porters, bartenders , hotel maids, restaurant servers and taxi drivers.
The weather in the US varies greatly between the states : from the mediterranean weather of California to the Glaciers of Alaska or the subtropical Florida, each region has its best time to visit; although major cities can be visited all year round. This graph can be useful for finding the best time to travel.
The main international airports are in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Dallas, Denver and San Francisco. If you’re looking fore cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page