Getaway alert: Travel from Harrisburg to Detroit on a budget

Getaway alert: Travel from Harrisburg to Detroit on a budget
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By Hoodline - Published on January 15, 2019.

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.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Harrisburg to Detroit in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list.

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Flight deals to Detroit

The cheapest flights between Harrisburg and Detroit are if you leave on April 17 and return from Michigan on April 21. United currently has tickets for $277, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in March. If you fly out of Harrisburg on March 16 and return from Detroit on March 18, United can get you there and back for $278 roundtrip.

Top Detroit hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Detroit’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The MotorCity Casino Hotel (2901 Grand River Ave.)

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If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The MotorCity Casino Hotel. It has a 4.7-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $178. This Detroit casino hotel is near the Masonic Temple. 

The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit (1114 Washington Blvd.)

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Another 4.7-star option is The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit, which has rooms for $179/night.

This hotel is located close to the airport. Attractions in the neighborhood include Campus Martius Park, Joe Louis Arena and the Fox Theatre.

The Atheneum (1000 Brush Ave.)

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A third option is The Atheneum. The 4.7-star hotel has rooms for $129/night. Situated in Detroit, this family-friendly hotel is near Campus Martius Park, the GM Renaissance Center and Ford Field.

Top picks for dining and drinking

Detroit has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

Slows Bar BQ (2138 Michigan Ave.)

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First things first: where to get some classic comfort food. For a popular option, check out Slows Bar BQ, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of 22 reviews on Skyscanner. 

"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."

Public House (241 W. 9 Mile Road)

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Finally, there's Public House.

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

Top Detroit attractions

Not sure what to do in Detroit, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

Ford Field (2000 Brush St.)

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First up is Ford Field.

Not a stranger to huge events, Detroit’s Ford Field hosted Super Bowl XL in 2006 to a stadium full of football fans. Its maximum capacity ranges from 65,000 to 80,000 spectators, depending on the sporting event, and the stadium often hosts concerts, banquets and corporate events as well.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave.)

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Then, there's The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts for a chance to immerse yourself in beautiful artwork and robust collections. The museum features over 60,000 pieces, including collections from America, Asia, Africa and Europe. 

The Henry Ford Museum (20900 Oakwood Blvd.)

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Lastly, consider checking out The Henry Ford Museum.

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