Winters in Detroit are bitter cold and snowy, with icy winds and temperatures from just below freezing and even dropping to -11 C. Spring is damp and chilly with temperatures ranging from around -1 to 20 degrees Celsius. June starts to get warm, and July and August are hot and humid with temperatures around 27-32C. The September and October temperatures start to go down to the mid-teens to mid-20s and can be very pleasant. July tends to be the hottest month and January the coldest.
Summer is the most popular time to visit the Midwest and the Great Lakes. During July and August visitors will find it harder to find cheap flights to Detroit. July and August host many great events to enjoy such as the Meijer All-American Jam at the Taylor Summer Festival, Michigan Jazz Festival, the Common Ground Music Festival, The Great Lakes Folk Festival and the Michigan State Fair.
Autumn foliage season starts around mid-September, and the colours reach their peak by mid-October.
Winter and early spring is the off season; however, despite the bitter winters, visitors book flights to Michigan for downhill skiing.
Grab the keys to your Model T and turn up the Motown music as you drive through Motor City. While your flight to Detroit might be music-less, there’s no stopping the beat once you hit the streets. Detroit got its nickname, “Motor City,” after Henry Ford rolled the first car off the assembly line in Detroit. Today, Detroit is still centre for automobile production but there’s more than Ford Thunderbirds and classic Mustangs gracing this city.
Tourists booking a holiday in Detroit will find themselves in the entertainment hub of the Midwest. Many travellers head straight to Hitsville USA, where the Motown Sound comes to life and continues to play. But there are other attractions for visitors to Detroit. The Detroit Museum of Art and the Renaissance Centre are popular with tourists, while sports fans will want to book flights to Detroit during football season and cheer on the NFL Lions, or during hockey season and root for the Detroit Red Wings.
Getting from the Airport to the City
Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is located 26 miles west of the city. Visitors generally drive from the airport to the city centre, and there are car rental agencies both on and off the airport. Taxi services to the centre and public transport options are also available. The Ground Transportation page of the airport website has detailed information.