In photos: These are Lonely Planet’s picks for the best cities to visit in 2018, #2. Detroit, USA

Lonely Planet has released their picks for the best cities to visit in 2018, in a list that features a few surprises and interesting choices. To make the cut on one of the most influential travel lists of the year, destinations must offer outstanding experiences in 2018, be it for a special event, milestone, or new openings and attractions, editors say. They can likewise be overlooked and underrated destinations that are worth the visit. For travel ideas in the year ahead, click through to see Lonely Planet’s selection of best cities 2018.

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2. Detroit, USA

Motor City is experiencing a renaissance thanks to young, creative types transforming abandoned buildings into distilleries, bike shops and galleries. Next year, three new parks will extend the riverfront trail.

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After decades of neglect, Detroit is rolling again. It’s like the whole place is caffeine-buzzed, freewheeling in ideas. Young creative types jump-started the scene when they began transforming the crazy-huge slew of abandoned buildings into distilleries, bike shops and galleries. This sparked fresh public works, such as the just-opened hockey and basketball arena downtown, and the QLine streetcar that gives easy access to city hot spots. More are coming: three new parks will extend the riverfront trail (ideal for two-wheeling via the new 43-station bike-share scheme in the greater downtown area), plus groovy hotels will emerge from an old wig shop and a forlorn parking lot.

The art deco skyscrapers of downtown Detroit, a city that is bouncing back after years of decline © Reese Lassman / EyeEm / Getty Images

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