Laurie Brookins

Much like the name of its most famous downtown complex, Detroit has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years. A passionate effort among longtime Michiganders and new residents to reinvigorate Motor City has been hugely successful. The result: a walkable city where you can discover iconic architecture, stylish hotels and restaurants, a thriving cultural scene, terrific choices in craft beers, and three easily accessible professional-sports venues that are literally surrounded by drinking and dining options. This lively city is sure to appeal to traditionalists and hipsters in equal measure.