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Let Us Show You the Motor City

From Its Industrial Roots to Its Thriving Café Culture Scene

Detroit holds a unique spot in world history due to its role in putting the world on wheels and its meteoric rise as an industrial powerhouse in the first half of the 20th century followed by its dramatic fall. While the city’s automotive heritage is definitely a major part of the city’s identity, there is so much more to the Motor City than cars. Take a walk through the city on our See the D Walking Tour or discover Detroit’s important role in the antislavery movement on our Detroit Underground Railroad Walking Tour. We’ll take you to all the city’s must-see attractions like the Guardian Building, Greektown and Motown as well as a few out-of-the-ordinary gems that us locals love to show off. We’ll also show you the ever-evolving dining and drinking scene that’s made Detroit a top foodie destination. Check out our offerings below to learn more!

Check back often! We’ll soon be adding our exciting food, music, art and true crime tours to the calendar.

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Passionate Tour Guides

Our staff is composed of locals who want to help you make the most of your trip to our vibrant city. We love Detroit, and we want you to love it, too!

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Multiple Transportation Options

Whether you want to explore the city by foot or travel in our late model vehicles, we have a tour to suit you.

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We’ve served thousands of happy customers in our short time in business as City Tour Detroit—and we’d love to add you to our list!

Tours Designed for You or Your Group

Want a private tour of Detroit? Have your own itinerary in mind or want one created specifically for you or your group? Check out our private and customized tours and make the most of your time in Detroit.

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Gift Certificates Make Great Gifts

Treat your friends and family to a new Detroit experience!

Check back often! We’ll soon be adding our exciting food, music, art, and true crime tours to our schedule. Private walking and sedan tours make great gifts too. See Private & Custom Tour tab for private tour pricing or shoot us an email.


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Souvenir and Gift Shop

Looking for great Detroit and/or Michigan souvenirs?

Then make sure to visit our delightful gift shop located in the beautiful Guardian Building, a historic landmark and top Detroit must-see tourist destination. Our store features a large selection of locally and regionally produced merchandise as well as Detroit-themed souvenirs distributed by the larger industry purveyors. Customers routinely compliment us on the unique selection of items we carry and love our helpful staff.

You can easily find City Tour Detroit Tours, Souvenirs and Gifts on the Promenade level of the Guardian Building at 500 Griswold Street, Suite 250, Detroit MI 48226.

Winter hours: 11 am to 5 pm daily, noon – 5 pm on Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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About City Tour Detroit

Founder Karin Risko started the company to showcase her love for Detroit. She’s been leading tours for over a decade, but officially launched City Tour Detroit in 2016 to meet the increased demand for her tours. Karin, and her talented team of tour guides who love the city as much as she does, are here to help you make the most of your time in the D!

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For many of us, a favorite pastime on the cheap is to watch the freighters go by- especially those of interesting design or hauling unusual cargo. Speaking of which- here comes the Chester with a load of brand new Fords on May 20, 1933!
Detroit News photo shown courtesy of:
Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

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While Elijah McCoy was busy inventing things in his workshop, his wife Mary Eleanora McCoy was equally busy working to improve the lives of women, children, and African-Americans through her association and club activities.
In 1894 she became a charter member (and its only African-American member) of the Twentieth Century Club of Detroit, a group that included many women from Detroit's top tier of families. They promoted arts and culture, and a bit later focused on women's suffrage.
In 1895, she founded the first African American woman's club, named In As Much Circle of Kings Daughters and Sons Club. In 1897, McCoy called the first meeting for the establishment of the Phyllis Wheatley Home for Aged Colored Women in Detroit. In 1898, after attending a meeting of the National Association of Colored Women (NACW), McCoy and Lucy Thurman, another prominent African American club organizer, founded a Michigan NACW chapter. McCoy also served as Vice President of the Lydian Association of Detroit, a mutual beneficial association that paid sick benefits, provided burial funds, and supported charitable endeavors in the community. She was the founding President of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Association of Michigan created to honor Truth and to establish scholarships for children of former slaves so that they could attend the University of Michigan. She was also active in the Guiding Star Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, a Masonic organization.
Mary worked tirelessly throughout the 1910s promoting women's suffrage, both in Michigan and nationally.
She died November 17, 1923 at the age of 76.

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On a wintery Detroit day in 1930 a frustrated Magdalena stomped back in her aunt's house, complaining that she couldn't build the snowman she wanted. "There's not enough snow...and it's too heavy to roll!"
"Get back out there, girl!", said Aunt Bellanie. "You're smart and you'll figure it out. Just stick to it!"
That gave Magdalena an idea. She did stick to it- literally, and made the best snowman of anyone ever!
You can be your best ever too, if you stick to it and are willing to improvise. We do recommend you wear the proper clothing for the task at hand- in this case... gloves or mittens!
Detroit News photo used courtesy of: Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

Another longtime Southeast Michigan landmark is scheduled disappear this spring. DTE just issued the demolition schedule for it's decommissioned Trenton Channel Power Plant. Boaters and anglers familiar with the lower Detroit River, local residents and visitors to Elizabeth Park, Grosse Ile, and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge's new Humbug Marsh Unit all use the twin striped towers as a guide. Some have affectionately referred to them as the "Dr. Seuss towers" and the "candy canes", among other things.
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DTE - Trenton Channel Power Plant News
Dear ******,
DTE Energy’s Trenton Channel Power Plant will soon be demolished to make way for new development opportunities. The plant was retired in 2022 after serving the Downriver community for nearly 100 years. We are proud of the plant’s long history of service and are excited to now pave the way for future redevelopment.
The demolition will happen in two phases: we are currently targeting Friday, March 1 for the stacks and Friday, May 17 for the boiler house. These dates may change due to weather conditions. DTE will be sending you periodic updates and will notify you the day before each demolition.
Here’s what you can expect
DTE anticipates limited inconvenience to area residents.
Demolition will last less than one minute. During this time, nearby residents may hear a short series of loud noises similar to thunder.
Residents near the project site may detect some mild vibration during the demolition.
Any temporary dust created by the demolition will dissipate within a few minutes.
Immediately prior to demolition, vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be briefly interrupted on Grosse Ile Parkway and West Jefferson Avenue. No other major road closures are planned.

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