Detroit: The Rise, Fall & Renewal Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

59 Reviews

Detroit: The Rise, Fall & Renewal Walking Tour

From US$ 29 per person

Explore the social and economic upheavals of Detroit through its architectural landmarks. Learn about the boom years at the Guardian Building and Penobscot Building, and the bust years that have left many abandoned skyscrapers.

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Duration 2 hours
Starting time 4:00 PM
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  • Visit the beautiful 1929 Guardian Building
  • Admire the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, a prime example of Detroit's rise, fall, and rise again
  • See the stately 36-story Book Tower from 1926, one of the world's tallest vacant buildings
  • Discover why the Book Tower and other buildings are still vacant
  • Marvel at the 15-story atrium and colorful fountains of the contemporary Compuware Building
  • Go past the mega-million dollar MGM Grand Casino and Hotel
  • Learn how Comerica Park and Ford Field brought Detroit back to life
  • Explore the Grand Circus Park area
  • Go to the fabulous restored Fox Theater and learn how it anchored the theater district in the late 1920s
Full description
Discover the history of Detroit through its architectural landmarks on a 2-hour walking tour that starts with the old Detroit Athletic Club, renovated Opera House, vacant Wurlitzer Building, and new downtown YMCA. Continue to see where one of the biggest US department stores once stood, leaving a hole in the 1980s that has yet to be filled. Enjoy a panorama of landmarks, such as the Penobscot Building, the art deco Guardian Building, and the Renaissance Center, home to the headquarters of General Motors and the tallest hotel in the western hemisphere. See America’s most transformative urban space at Campus Martius Park, the new mega-million dollar MGM Grand Casino and Hotel, and the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel, once the tallest – and one of the fanciest – hotels in the world. Explore Grand Circus Park to discover the vacant Broderick Tower and reborn Kales Building. Admire the fabulous Fox Theater, which anchored the theater district in the late 1920s. And end at The Detroit Beer Company for a complimentary beer or soft drink, and a selection of appetizing food to buy.
  • Ride on the People Mover
  • 1 beer, coffee, tea or soft drink at Detroit Beer Company
  • Tips and gratuities for your guide
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in front of 1555 Broadway Detroit, MI 48226

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  • Children under 6 years of age are not allowed on this tour. Children ages 6 through 11 are free of charge, including a free ride on the People Mover and free soft drink at Detroit Beer Co. Children age 12 and over are charged at adult rate
  • Cancellations within 48 hours of tour departure are non-refundable
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 59 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
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Just what I hoped for

I really enjoyed this tour. I was hoping to understand a bit of Detroit's history and the impact on downtown. We got just that, plus lots of interesting facts along the way. I was pleasantly surprised with just how many buildings have been renovated already. Bob, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and the walking wasn’t over the top. A great activity!

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July 11, 2019

Very interesting "close-up" contact with Detroit on a walking tour

During a short stay in Detroit, I discovered the tour on the Internet. We got a really "close" contact to the city center on a walking tour. Our guide Bob as a real insider spoke very clearly and easily understandable for participants with English as a foreign language! We also received valuable information for further visits to Detroit.

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July 23, 2017

we expected competent guidance and received much more.

Bob showed us the things behind the things, linked bare dates with the people who lived and lived in Detroit and conveyed gleam, decay and a hopeful new beginning of the city through selected examples of the buildings. All of this was done in a warm, attentive and extremely competent manner. Thank you very much! Keep it up! Gabriele u Frank from Germany visiting West Bloomfield.

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September 15, 2014

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