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Fire & Ice Festival, Slow Roll & The Schvitz in Detroit, Michigan

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Spirit of Detroit statue. Photo by Jason Hutchison on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Rebecca Gade Sawicki of Veggies Abroad about Detroit, Michigan. Rebecca’s tips for the best things to do in Detroit are awesome because she grew up in a rural part of Michigan and finished college in Detroit. She loves how accessible and affordable it is and is excited to be part of the city’s renaissance.

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Detroit, Michigan

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Detroit, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Fox Theatre. Photo by Josh Hammond on Unsplash.

Getting around Detroit

The local airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), which is about a twenty-minute drive to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Rebecca says that it is still a good idea to rent a car, even if you’re staying downtown. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

The Q Line, People Mover and buses are good options, but Rebecca feels that the city’s public transportation still has a long way to go. Detroit is still very much a car city. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around when you don’t want to drive.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

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Detroit skyline. Photo by William Duggan on Unsplash.

Places we talked about on the Detroit Michigan podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Rebecca Gade Sawicki about Detroit, Michigan. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Detroit, Michigan
  • Green dots = best things to do in Detroit, Michigan
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Detroit, Michigan

Who is Rebecca Gade Sawicki?

Rebecca is the creator of the vegan travel blog and travel agency, Veggies Abroad. The blog showcases mouthwatering lineups of vegan food, action-packed travel guides, and everything else a vegan or veg-curious traveler needs to plan a trip!

For travelers who don’t want to plan their own adventure, she can help craft vegan-friendly itineraries or recommends checking out one of the Veggies Abroad tours! The first vegan-friendly tour kicks off in November 2023 and heads to Thailand for 10 days!

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Here are a few articles that she has written:

You can connect with Rebecca on her website and on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Rebecca’s tips.

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Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Hikone Japan - Miyuki SeguchiListen to the next episode when Miyuki Seguchi, the host of the Japan Experts Podcast, shares the best things to do in Hikone, Japan. In this episode, Miyuki and I talk about exploring the Hikone Castle, having tea in the Genkyuen Garden, and visiting Chikubu Island to learn about Shinto and Buddhist temples. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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