See which buildings have been restored and which await renewal on this Detroit tour led by a passionate and proud local.
- Visit all the must-see Detroit highlights with a local guide.
- Admire Detroit’s fantastic mix of architecture, from the old to the new.
- Try a taste of some baklava in Greektown or a famous Coney dog, a local Detroit favorite.
- Take a ride on Detroit’s iconic People Mover.
- Give a wave to Canada as you look out across the city!
A Detroit Tour Led by a Local
Don’t even think about leaving Detroit without seeing the real Detroit! Join this Detroit tour led by a local to ride the city’s People Mover through baklava-laden Greektown, sculpture-dotted Civic Center, and hotdog heaven Lafayette Coney Island. This is the D you must see!
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, fares for rides on the People Mover, your choice of a Coney dog at American or Lafayette Coney Island, or a baklava (or pastry of equal price) at a wonderful bakery in Greektown
Exclusions: Any beverages that you may want to accompany your Coney dog or your pastry, tips and gratuities for your guide
- Duration: Two hours
- Meeting point: 1555 Broadway, Detroit MI 48226. View Location on What3words.
- Starting time: 9:30 a.m.
- Ending point: 1515 Broadway, Detroit MI 48226.
- Full Itinerary
Give Detroit the attention it deserves on this Detroit walking tour that shows you everything you absolutely need to see in this awesome American city. Meet your local guide at a cafe on Broadway, and take a walk around the nearby area, which includes spots such as Foxtown, Madison Avenue, and Paradise Valley. See the fabulous Fox Theater, Comerica Park (which is home of the Detroit Tigers) the beautiful Detroit Opera House, and several other Detroit highlights — the perfect way to familiarize yourself with the city.
Next on your Detroit city tour, take a quick ride over to the popular Greektown district on the elevated train called the People Mover. In Greektown, you can taste a super sweet piece of baklava, see a casino, or visit a historic church that was a stop on the Underground Railroad. If you get lucky, you get to see a waiter light some liquor on fire over a piece of cheese, a classic Greek tradition. Opa!
Another ride on the People Mover leads to a stop in the Civic Center area. Here you can see some famous Detroit sculptures and have a view of the massive Renaissance Center, home to the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. You’re also able to give our friends in Canada a wave from here!
Next on this Detroit tour, we visit the 1929 art-deco Guardian Building to see the remarkably beautiful lobby and banking room. It cannot be denied that this is one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit, and it may even be one of the most gorgeous you see on your travels in the U.S. — seriously!
Walk by another landmark, the 47-story Penobscot Building, to American and Lafayette Coney Island restaurants, where you can try a free Coney dog – a grilled hot dog with Detroit-style chili, mustard, and onions. Detroiters have been devouring them for more than 90 years, so to get into the local spirit, we suggest that you give it a go!
Our last stop on this Detroit walking is a famous renovated hotel which originally opened in 1924, and then we finish up with a ride on the People Mover back to Broadway.
Dress standard: Dress casually and comfortably. Wear shoes that are good for a fair amount of walking. You may want to have a jacket, hat, or an umbrella depending on the weather.
Your trip: For your Urban Adventure, you are in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. See you at the starting point! Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional information: On the occasional day when a steady heavy rain might dampen the mood on a walking tour, we start from the same location, but we stay dry by riding the People Mover.
Closure of sites: On a very rare occasion, the People Mover or one of the venues that we usually visit may be unavailable.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select “child” when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.
Mrs. Ann M. from USA traveled on 01 Nov 2018:
Kathy was our tour guide. She is a resident of downtown Detroit and so had personal experience with the “new” Detroit. Her observations were fascinating. She welcomed questions and was attentive to the varied interests of the group members.
Mr. Brian T. from Canada traveled on 07 Jun 2018:
Bob was excellent. His knowledge and foresight of what is occurring in Detroit was very eye-opening. His honesty about certain concerns was thoughtful and much appreciated, especially considering what is occurring in other American cities such as Cleveland and Buffalo.
Ms. Edie S. from USA traveled on 26 Sep 2017:
Bob was awesome. Very knowledgeable. Great guide!
Mrs. Kate H. from Canada traveled on 18 Apr 2017:
Best thing to do in Detroit! Bob was awesome.
Mr. Buckley F. from USA traveled on 22 May 2016:
My guide, Charlie, was knowledgeable and energetic. Couldnt have asked for a better experience! Please remind him to look into the Amos Walker books by Loren D. Estleman. The first book is “Motor City Blues”. First rate crime series heavily steeped in Detroit history. Great tour! Thank you.
Mr. David S. from USA traveled on 16 May 2016:
Charles was an outstanding guide, very knowledgeable, patient, thoughtful. we couldn’t wish for a better guide.
Mr. FREDERIC C. from USA traveled on 10 Aug 2015:
We had the pleasure to be alone with Bob, like a private visit, wonderful. Thanks
Mr. George F. from USA traveled on 13 Jun 2015:
Bob did a very nice job of adapting the tour to our interests. He is enthusiastic about Detroit and very knowledgeable. Great Tour!!
Mr. Oliver B. from Germany traveled on 30 Aug 2014:
Very interesting tour! Thanks, Bob!
Mr. Gus Z. from USA traveled on 25 Mar 2014:
Bob Goldsmith was a wonderful representative to promote the city of Detroit. He was professional, knowledgeable, considerate. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour. Thank you. Betty and Gus Ziegler
Mr. Michael M. from USA traveled on 06 Jun 2012:
Our guide Bob could not have been more excellent. Very willing to let us spend a few extra moments at sites of interest, and to answer any questions. Extremely knowledgeable and obviously in love with his hometown. And he showed us that downtown Detroit is much cleaner and safer (during the day at least) than its unfortunate reputation. The city should be paying him to be their ambassador!
Mr. Kevin C. from USA traveled on 23 Apr 2012:
It was pretty clear that this was a business for him and not a passion. That’s not so terrible, and he did a pretty good job. We thought we got our money’s worth. It’s just that we’ve done a few tours in different cities and he wasn’t our favorite tour guide.
Mr. Pierre L. from Canada traveled on 01 Apr 2012:
More focused on architecture than we would have tought. But very interesting nevertheless.