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The largest city in the US state of Michigan, Detroit is probably best known for its Motown sound and rock music, as well as cultural venues like its world class museums, theatres and art, not to mention its automobile culture and sports teams.
Detroit has lived through a huge population loss and a decline of tourist visits, but recently, its historic buildings have been renovated, and its downtown is brimming with new events, attractions and developlments.
Tourists visiting may enjoy its parks and cultural venues like Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History or Detroit Institute of Arts, which is one of the most significant museums in the United States.
Though it may have not seemed so in the past, Detroit has many things to offer, from jazz and rock music hubs to sport events, great architecture and neighborhoods with historical significance.
It is a city that offers a unique mixture of technological advance and historic charm
Warnings & Dangers in Detroit
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Detroit is generally safe for tourists, though there are some neighborhoods that are best avoided. Crime that does occur is mainly between members of street gangs or individuals who know each other, and in areas that are of no interest to visitors. Avoid sketchy neighborhoods and take normal precaution measures.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
For drivers, it is recommended that they stick to major roads and freeways. Carjacking can happen in dangerous neighborhoods, so avoid them altogether. Public transportation isn't exactly known for being the safest for tourists, especially at night. There have been reports of violent crimes occurring at stations and on trains. It isn't common enough for you to avoid public transport altogether, but you should remain alert at all times.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpockets are a recurring concern in Detroit, especially around tourist venues or cultural and music events. You should always keep your belongings firmly by your side as bag snatching also happens. The best would be to keep your valuables in your accommodation.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There aren't many concerns in Detroit when it comes to natural disaster risks.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
When it comes to chances of being mugged or kidnapped, they do exist in Detroit. Violent street crime does happen but it can be avoided if you avoid dangerous areas of some neighborhoods that even locals rarely dare to walk around.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
The city of Detroit hasn't been the target of any terrorist attacks recently, but the attacks shouldn't be ruled out. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Just like in other tourist destinations, there will be people trying to scam you in Detroit, too. Homeless people can be agressive and use force when you don't want to hand them money. Be wary of anyone trying to distract you, flashing large signs in front of you or ATMs that look like they've been tampered with.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Detroit is very safe for female solo travelers. Following basic precaution measures should completely minimize the chances of anything going wrong. Just act as you would in any other country or your own hometown, and you should be fine
So... How Safe Is Detroit Really?
The problem with Detroit is that, although its crime rates are on a decrease, it’s still one of the most dangerous cities in the United States of America.
Tourists are advised to stick to Detroits’s tourist areas and landmarks as these are the spots where you’ll be the safest: you should only avoid those areas that have been known for criminal activities. All other parts of Detroit are as safe as any other city you’ll visit.
People in Detroit are warm and friendly and you shouldn’t have any problems apart from the neighborhoods that are infamous for crime. However, these neighborhoods are of no interest for tourists, since they’re nowhere near the famous tourist attractions.
As a visitor, you’ll probably mingle around the safe downtown and midtown neighborhoods, and it is recommended that you stay within these areas. However, petty crime can happen even in these areas of downtown and midtown, so take normal precaution measures.
If you are in Detroit because you’re an arts and music lover, keep in mind that much of the events take place between downtown venues like the Majestic Theater/Magic Stick complex, places in Hamtramck, and suburban venues in places like Royal Oak.
Some of the venues like Harpo’s, Fort Wayne and The Heidelberg Project are located in dangerous areas, so be sure to go accompanied.
- Visas - The US is famous for its harsh policy for acquiring a tourist, let alone a resident visa. The US embassies usually ask for interviews before granting tourist visas, and tourists usually have to pay up to 160 USD to get a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, visit www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
- Currency - The United States dollar is the official currency in Detroit. Credit and debit cards are accepted nearly everywhere, and ATMs are widely available. The prices vary but you can plan on spending about 100 dollars per day.
- Weather - Detroit has continental climate, which means it's subject to rapid change and a variety of weather. Winters are usually snowy and very cold, not to mention windy. Spring and fall are normally mild and pleasant but it can get significantly colder during late fall. Summer is short and sometimes, during summer, you can expect instances of severe thunderstorms.
- Airports - Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, sometimes referred to as Detroit Metro Airport, Metro Airport, or just DTW, is Michigan's busiest airport. It is one of the largest airline hubs in the entire country.
- Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Detroit, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.