Detroits Rise Fall And Renewal

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Detroit may have filed for bankruptcy but it's still a city rich in history, architecture, and innovation. See which buildings have been restored and which await renewal on this Detroit tour led by a passionate and proud local.


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by a local guide

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

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.

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

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.

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!

Inclusions for Detroits Rise Fall And Renewal

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Fares for a ride on the People Mover
  • One beer (or coffee, tea, or soft drink) at Detroit Beer Company

Exclusions for Detroits Rise Fall And Renewal

  • Tips and gratuities for your guide

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

You will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Dress casually and comfortably. Wear shoes that are good for a fair amount of walking. Depending on weather, you may want to have a jacket, hat, or an umbrella.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Good guide.

  • Very interesting tour by local and very informative tour guide. Well worth the 2 hours.

  • Bob, our tour guide, is a local with insights into what has happened, what is happening and what is going to happen in downtown Detroit. Great tour.

  • Great price and excellent guide. This is a walking tour around downtown Detroit, with informative commentary. Also includes a ride on the People Mover and a good beer or soft drink to cap it off.

  • Bob was a excellent tour guide. He is a treasure of information about history and modern day Detroit. I highly recommend this tour to everybody

  • This tour was the highlight of our weekend in Detroit. Bob was very knowledgeable and his tour was both educational and entertaining. We got to see a variety of sights in downtown Detroit in different stages of development. He was able to show us some hidden gems that we would have never found on our own. This tour is a must for architecture buffs, so many examples of art deco in Detroit!

  • The tour was very informative and fun. Bob was very knowledgeable and shared his information well. I was especially impressed that he allowed me to transfer to another time when I realized I had a conflict with the time I had booked. Loved Detroit and would like to return there someday

  • Excellent tour guide. Very knowledgeable and personable.Interesting and strange city.

  • The walking-tour guide, Bob, was very prepared -- lots of personal-knowledge information he has lived downtown for a number of years, printed materials and historical photos of many of the buildings and neighborhoods he was describing, and a very good choice of which interesting buildings to enter and look around up close. Positive and upbeat, but always realistic, about the renewal part of Detroit's evolution. I came away with a much, much better understanding of Detroit's development and its current situation.

  • This was a cool walking tour with a quick look at the history of downtown Detroit, the architecture and the plan to continue revitalization. Tour given by Bob, who lives and works downtown. Great guide.

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