Welcome to the Motor City, a modern marvel of American innovation and possibility. There has never been a better time to visit Detroit and experience for yourself the city's vibrant past, as well as its renewed present. Recent revitalization efforts have enriched the spirit and energy of Detroit while leaving its historic charm intact. Our Detroit Bucket List features some of the most iconic attractions and activities the city has to offer. See how many items you can cross off the list when you stay at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, located in the heart of Downtown.
All stadiums within a mile (15 min walk or less)
Detroit is well-known for its cars, but the city's sports history is equally as significant. With teams in each of the professional sports leagues, Detroit is one of the only cities in the country where fans can enjoy professional baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. Better yet, those four teams play within one mile of our downtown Detroit hotel. Whether it's the Red Wings and Pistons at the newly-built Little Caesars Arena, the Tigers at Comerica Park or the Lions at Ford Field, catching a game is an essential thing to do during your Detroit visit.
Joe Louis Monument
One of the most recognizable landmarks in Detroit is the Joe Louis Monument, most commonly known as "The Fist." Located in Hart Plaza, The Fist memorializes legendary boxer Joe Louis, who called the city home for most of his life. Louis, who is also the namesake for Joe Louis Arena, was known not only for his accomplishments in the ring but also for the valuable role he played in fighting racial injustice throughout his life.
Detroit Theatre District
Within Two Miles (10 min drive)
No visit to Detroit is complete without witnessing a performance at one of the city's many theater and musical venues. Detroit has the second largest theater district in the country, with over 13,000 theater seats concentrated within a two block radius. Take your pick from the massive 5,000 seat Fox Theatre, the Fillmore, the Detroit Opera House, the Fisher and many others to experience the best in live music and the performing arts.
0.7 Miles (10 min walk)
A testament to the rebirth of Detroit today, the breathtaking RiverWalk is undergoing a complete rejuvenation. Stretching over five miles long, it is lined with plazas, pavilions, and green space, offering a refreshing escape from the fast pace of downtown Detroit. Go for a run or simply stroll along the path, which is located near our hotel.
All casinos within a mile (10 min walk or less)
Ready to roll the dice? Detroit is home to three stunning casinos: The Greektown Casino, The Motor City Casino, and The MGM Grand Casino, all of which are conveniently located near our hotel. Pick how you play with a variety of slots and table games and enjoy excellent entertainment and dining opportunities.
13 Miles (15 min drive)
Known for its natural habitat settings, the Detroit Zoo is located in Royal Oak, approximately 15 minutes from downtown Detroit. Spread across 125-acres, The Zoo features more than 2,500 animals representing over 270 species of amphibians, mammals, birds, and reptiles. The realistic habitats include African Forest, American Grasslands, and Arctic Ring of Life just to name a few.
5 Miles (20 Min Drive)
Belle Isle Park is a 982-acre island park located in Detroit. The park is home to the Belle Isle Aquarium, Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle Nature Center, and more.