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Detroits Rise Fall and Renewal

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  • Get inside tips from a passionate local guide
  • Visit the landmarks on a historic walking tour
  • Gain insight into the history, culture and architecture of the Motor City
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See why this city that's officially filed for bankruptcy is still one of America's greatest underdog stories on a tour that showcases the rise, fall and renewal of Detroit. Follow your local guide through the sights and landmarks and learn about the history, architecture and art of the incredible Motor City.
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Stop At: Detroit Urban Adventures, 615 Griswold St Suite 1624, Detroit, MI 48226-3900

Begin your Detroit tour at a cafe on Broadway, where you'll meet your local guide and head out onto the streets.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226-2196

From the minute you leave the meeting point, you'll start seeing some famous Detroit landmarks, such as the 95-year old Detroit Athletic Club, the renovated Opera House, the vacant Wurlitzer Building, and the fine new downtown YMCA. Your local guide will be telling you all you need to know about these spots, and what they mean to the city of Detroit.
Continuing on your tour in Detroit, see the site where one of the biggest department stores in the US once stood. When it closed in the 1980s, it left a hole in the city that hasn't been filled.

Pass By: GM Renaissance Center, Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48243

Next on this Detroit city tour, the Compuware Building is worth a visit for its 15-story atrium and colorful fountain. Outside that building, you'll see a panorama that includes landmarks like the 47-story Penobscot Building, the Guardian Building, and the Renaissance Center, which is home to the tallest hotel in the entire Western Hemisphere (72 floors!) as well as the headquarters of General Motors.

Pass By: The Guardian Building, 500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226-3480

A visit to the Guardian Building gives you a picture of the greatness of Detroit in the late 1920s.

Stop At: Detroit People Mover, Detroit, MI 48226

You'll take a stop here, and then take a ride on the elevated People Mover, which has been moving people around downtown Detroit since 1987.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Michigan Central Station, 2405 W Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48216-1515

Stop on the People Mover

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Grand Circus Park, Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226-3473

If the weather is nice, you'll walk to a nearby hotel that's a great example of Detroit's rise, fall and renewal. When it opened in 1924 it was the tallest hotel in the world and one of the fanciest, but it closed in the 1980s and stood vacant for more than 25 years on a prominent street corner. Detroiters were thrilled when it reopened after a $200 million renovation!
Next, you'll visit the area near Grand Circus Park, which is full of examples of Detroit's rocky history. Here, you'll find even more vacant buildings as well as legendary parks and music venues that have hosted the like of Bruce Spingsteen and Detroit's own Eminem. It's one thing simply seeing these buildings, but to get to know the history behind them makes the experience even more special, especially when it comes from the mouth of a local!
Your last stop is a local brewpub, where you can sip on a local beer or soft drink and continue to chat about Detroit with your local guide. The first drink's on us!

Pass By: MGM Grand Detroit Casino, 1300 John C Lodge Fwy, Detroit, MI 48226-2414

From the Michigan Avenue Station, see the $800 Million MGM Grand Casino and hotel that were completed in 2008, and the new Rosa Parks Transit Center (named for "the mother of the Civil Rights Movement") with its dramatic canopies.
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Our host was very knowledgable and made the experience informative and real. He articulated Detroit's challenges past and present and had a clear passion for the city even taking us up to his office for a better view! He didn't hesitate to talk about the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I live in the Detroit area but are relatively new, so I wanted to learn some history and also understand the situation downtown with many abandoned buildings surrounded by so much renovation. Bob delivered exactly that. He was informative and professional, while...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bob was our tour guide and he was fantastic. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. We got a lot of inside information about where Detroit has bee in the past and the course that it has set for itself for the future. Also, we had...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We contacted the company last minute and needed a tour for a day when none were scheduled. Bob was great to work with and created a tour just for us. To top it off, our tour guide Mike gave many great suggestions for places to...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bob was a knowledgeable guide. He took us all over on the People Mover and kept us dry on a rainy June day. He knew all of the buildings, who designed them, and how long they sat vacant. The only thing I didn’t like is...More

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Response from O3209NIdianal | Reviewed this property |
This tour involved a fair bit of walking and probably not suitable if you require something less strenuous. I would recommend trying to find a tour on wheels, such as a bus tour.
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