Detroits Rise Fall and Renewal

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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.

Activity Details
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.
Departure & Return
Departure Point1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA Departure Time4:00 PM
ReturnDetroit Beer Co., 1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
What's Included
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Fares for a ride on the People Mover
  • One beer (or coffee, tea, or soft drink) at Detroit Beer Company
  • Entry/Admission - Detroit Urban Adventures
  • Entry/Admission - Detroit People Mover
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide
Additional Information
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures have received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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  • The Rise, Fall, and Renewal of Detroit is a must do for locals and tourists! As a local, it was an enlightening history of the ups and downs of Detroit from early 20th century to present time. This tour brought a renewed appreciation for the rich history along with the Renewed Spirit of Detroit. There is so much to so and do in Detroit!

  • Loved this tour! It was our first time visiting Detroit and the city is definitely under rated! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the city!

  • Bob is a very knowledgeable guide with an interest to help others to understand Detroit. He is also very friendly and fun. The length of the tour is perfect. You don´t get tired of too much info, but I learnt a lot.

  • Fun and informative. Guide really knew the area from personal experience. Bought three books to get even more information.

  • The tour was very informative and very enjoyable! Our guide was passionate about Detroit and loves his city!!

  • I recommend this tour on the first or second day that you get there. He is very knowledgeable and gives you a great walking tour of the city and history of key landmarks and pretty landmarks. Detroit is a fascinating city and his historical perspective really helped us gain a great appreciation for what was. Wear good walking shoes. You'll walk 1 mile+ but nothing strenuous. Ends with a plesant surprise too.

  • This tour is very informative on the history of the city of Detroit and were the city is heading. My tour guide Bob was great!

  • I enjoyed this tour! The tour guide was very knowledgeable. It is great to learn about the history and the sights were amazing. I would recommend this tour for the great views! This city is beautiful !

  • This is a very interesting tour and highly recommended

  • Good guide.

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