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Detroit Layover

| January 3, 2014

Stuck on a Detroit layover at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) in Michigan? The airport is a hub of Northwest airlines and is located in Romulus, Michigan (approximately 16 miles from Detroit’s city center), which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Detroit layover, click here for useful tips.
Detroit Michigan Layover

If you’re stuck in the airport during your Detroit layover, there’s plenty to do. The airport’s award-winning concessions and restaurants includes shops of every types of gifts and travel accessories and a selection of fast food and restaurants of a number of different cuisines. The airport also has a number of services including children play areas, currency exchange, banking and ATMs, shoeshine and more. You can also connect to Wi-Fi service throughout the terminals through Boingo Hotspot.

To find location of shops, restaurants and services, here is a map of the McNamara Terminal and here’s a map of the North Terminal.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, the airport is home to the Westin Detroit Metropolitan Hotel located inside the McNamara terminal. The hotel offers spa and massage services, a gym and pool, and many additional amenities. If you are looking for a hotel in Detroit to spend your layover at, click here for a comprehensive list of hotels of varying price points.

If you’re planning on leaving the airport during your Detroit layover, there’s a few transportation options. Metro cabs (Tel: 734.997.6500) are available outside of arrivals and a one-way trip to downtown Detroit runs approximately $43. In addition there are rental cars, and SMART buses that stop on the lower level’s outer roadway in the North Terminal. Here’s the SMART bus schedule.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Detroit Layover:

Hart Plaza

Situated along the Detroit riverfront, the Hart Plaza has a little bit of everything including an ice skating rink, theaters and public art. You can also walk or take a cruise along the river.

Belle Isle

Only a quick 5 minute boat or car ride from Detroit, Belle Isle provides great views of Detroit as well as a bunch of sites and activities. Including hiking, history, and architecture, Belle Isle is a great place to spend an hour or a day. Also check out the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory.

Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts is home to over 65,000 works of arts spanning from mummies and African masks to famous paintings. In addition, check out the exhibitions and events!

Eastern Market

If you’re in Detroit on a Saturday, check out the Eastern Market. This public market is a great “taste” for the city with hundreds of stalls selling all types of foods from veggies and fruits to even goose or rabbit.

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