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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.
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    Departure Point
    1555 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
    Departure Time
    4:00 PM
    Return Details
    Detroit Beer Co., 1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
    • 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
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    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.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 5 days ago

    Go with Carlos. See, feel and experience Detroit like you really want to. This is the tour that lets you experience Detroit told from an insiders point of view. How they grew up, what it was really like. The details you don't get from the...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank m1kesta
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Bob combines many facts plus his own personal reflections on the changes that took place from living downtown for so many years. A great tour!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Renee V
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I took my tour at the end of August 2019 and my guide was Mike, a kind and likeable Detroiter familiar with the situation and the recent changes happening in the city. We met right outside of the 1555 Broadway St, Detroit and the whole...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Jan R
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Carlos made the tour a 10 out of 10. BUT we spent 40 minutes sitting waiting for our tour guide. Location we were sent to meet for tour sent us upstairs in the building to wait for tour guide. I repeatedly spoke to 3 different...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank havefunkids
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The City of Detroit Downtown Area has experienced a resurgence in its' Downtown Area, and it looks beautiful!

    Date of experience: September 2019
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    It doesn’t include the interior of the Fox - but it’s a good tour.
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