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List of Weekend Getaways and Vacations from Detroit

Nearby Cities, Beaches, Tourist Destinations and Amusement Parks


With gas prices what they are, it may be a good idea to stick close to home this summer -- or at least within driving distance of the Metro Detroit area. Not to worry, there are plenty of weekend getaways and vacation destinations from Detroit.

Amusement Parks

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Once upon a time, Detroit had its own amusement park in Boblo, a park on an island in the Detroit River that has since gone condo. The Metro Detroit area also had the stray roller coaster in St. Clair Shores and Mt. Clemens, but they are now just historical footnotes. While Detroit is no longer home to any major amusement/theme parks, it is within an easy drive of several in Michigan, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.

Within Michigan

Between Mackinac Island and the many beach towns that border Michigan's lakes, both Great and small, there are plenty of vacation destinations here at home.

Chicago, Illinois

The Windy City can show you a good time any time of year. The city keeps evolving, offering something new each visit. From the Navy Pier to Wrigley Field, Prescott Carlson is your guide to all things Chicago for a weekend getaway or longer vacation.

Ohio Destinations

The Ohio border is just a hop, skip and jump away from Detroit. In fact, Toledo is just 45 minutes away from the Metro Detroit area. In addition to Toledo, there are several destinations within Ohio that are within driving distance and that can show you a good time. Sandy Mitchell and Arthur Levine are your guides to:

Canadian Destinations

At first glance, the idea of vacationing out of the country may seem a little intimidating, but many destinations within Canada are within an easy four-to-five hour drive from Detroit. That's right, the same distance from Detroit as Mackinac Island, that cabin up north and Chicago. From a world renowned Shakespeare Festival to wine tasting, Canada has a lot to offer:

Michigan City, Indiana

Michigan City is along the coastline of Lake Michigan, just over the boarder in Indiana. It has an outlet mall, casinos, loads of vacation rentals and miles of sand dunes and beaches. It is also home to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Home to Mt. Washington, the Andy Warhol Museum and The Mattress Factory (an avant-garde art gallery), Pittsburgh is so much more than a coal town. Kimberly & Albrecht Powell provide a guide to the must sees of the city.

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