Escape from Atlanta to Detroit on a budget

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At the heart of the Great Lakes region, Detroit was one of Conde Nast's must-visit destinations for 2018. Not only is Detroit known as a leader of American industry, the city's diverse communities also boast major contributions to music, art and architecture. Detroit was the first U.S. city to be named a "City of Design" by UNESCO, and is known as the home of Motown Records and the birthplace of techno. The city also offers many historic museums and arts institutions.

Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Atlanta and Detroit in the next few months, including some top-rated hotel options and highly reviewed local attractions. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Detroit

The cheapest flights between Atlanta and Detroit are if you leave on June 18 and return from Michigan on June 22. Spirit Airlines currently has tickets for $130, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in August. If you fly out of Atlanta on Aug. 3 and return from Detroit on Aug. 5, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $149 roundtrip.

Top Detroit hotels

To plan your accommodations, here are some of Detroit’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The MotorCity Casino Hotel (2901 Grand River Ave.)

For an all-around top recommendation, consider The MotorCity Casino Hotel. The hotel has a 4.7-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $178.

This Detroit casino hotel is near the Masonic Temple and Fox Theatre.

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit (1114 Washington Blvd.)

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Another 4.7-star option is The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Rooms are currently set at $179/night.

"The Westin Book Cadillac is an iconic hotel that embodies Detroit’s revolution. The Book Cadillac building was built in a neo-classical style ... the hotel rooms are luxurious and comfortable, featuring the heavenly bed, which is standard across all Westin properties," wrote Samantha.

The Atheneum (1000 Brush Ave.)

If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, there's The Atheneum. With a 4.7-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. Rooms are currently listed for $129/night.

This family-friendly hotel is near Campus Martius Park, the GM Renaissance Center and Ford Field. 

Featured Detroit restaurants

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Detroit's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

Slows Bar BQ (2138 Michigan Ave.)

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Let's start with the basics: barbecue. For a popular option, check out Slows Bar BQ, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of 22 reviews on Skyscanner. 

"Now if you love baby back ribs, Slows has ribs that come sliding off the bone," wrote visitor Lou.

Green Dot Stables (2200 W. Lafayette Blvd.)

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For another popular option, check out Green Dot Stables, with five stars from six reviews.

"The menu of Green Dot Stables is very eclectic," wrote reviewer Kenny. "This can lead to a fun meal of trying things you may not have considered normally. Such as one of my favorites the Korean slider, which includes kimchi and peanut butter."

Public House (241 W. 9 Mile Road)

One more solid option is Public House.

"Cute little place that serves awesome sliders for a super low price," wrote Megan. "If you know what's good for ya, you'll get at least three sandwiches!"

New Parthenon Restaurant (547 Monroe Ave.)

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Finally, there's New Parthenon Restaurant.

"This is my favorite place to go in Greektown," wrote Richard. "As others have mentioned, the starring dish is the flaming cheese. Then, of course, the lamb."

Featured local attractions

Detroit is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are some popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave.)

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First up is The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Visit the museum for a chance to immerse yourself in beautiful artwork and robust collections. It features over 60,000 pieces, including collections spanning the globe. 

"What a fantastic house of art and culture," wrote visitor Dj. "This has to be one of the most unique and special museums in the USA. A must stop for all visiting or living in Detroit."

The Henry Ford Museum (20900 Oakwood Blvd.)

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The Henry Ford Museum is another popular destination.

Surround yourself with a vast collection of items of historical significance at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, just a short drive from Detroit. The building is packed with exciting exhibits featuring themes that range from early aviation to famous inventions. 

"When you visit the Henry Ford Museum, you will come away with a memorable experience that will last a lifetime," wrote visitor Steve. "This historical time capsule has an inventory of antique automobiles, from the early days of the automobile to the Ford Edsel of the 1950s, that was for me, the highlight of the Ford Museum."

Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Blvd.)

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Finally, spend some time at Greenfield Village.

"Great place to spend the day learning about history," wrote visitor Yvonne. "Lots of demos of glass blowing, pottery making, weaving, machinery, etc. My favorite was Edison's workshop and also all the Model T cars driving around. A great family place."

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