See The D: Downtown Detroit Walking Tour

Fun and informative overview of Detroit

Rides on the Detroit People Mover

Knowledgeable and passionate local guides

Discover Downtown Detroit’s Must-See Spots

Join us for a stroll through downtown Detroit, the heart of the city, where you’ll encounter stunning riverfront views, architectural masterpieces, riveting history and a variety of local must-sees. Our knowledgeable tour guides take you on a memorable tour of this historic city that has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past few years and continues to transform today. This popular walking tour offers a wonderful opportunity to see Detroit up close and personal.

Note: Due to Covid-19, we’re offering See The D Walking Tours on a limited basis, Thursday-Saturday, at 10 am. GM World and the Detroit People Mover are not open at this time. A tasty Detroit treat will be substituted in their place. Tour will be open to 10 or less attendees. Masks required.

Highlights

Peek inside the Guardian Building, an art deco masterpiece many say is Detroit’s most beautiful building, and other fine examples of architecture

Visit GM World, a year-round auto show experience, located inside Michigan’s tallest building

Stroll through historic Greektown, a popular entertainment destination, known for its Victorian architecture and beautiful churches, including one which served as a stop on the Underground Railroad

Enjoy plenty of photo stops in front of iconic statues such as the Spirit of Detroit and Joe Louis Memorial, inside The Belt, an activated art alley, and other Instagrammable spots

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Trip Details

Price

Adult: $30
Youth: $15 (8-17)
6% booking fee assessed on tickets booked online.


Departure time

10:00 am
6:00 pm (Sunday and Wednesday)


Meeting point

Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit MI 48226

Where Woodward & Jefferson Avenues meet. “The Fist” sculpture points to our starting point.

In case of rain or inclement weather, meet across the street under the porch of Fifth Third Bank at One Woodward.


Availability

Late April – September: Daily
October – December: select public dates available or via private tours
January – Late April: private tours only, get in touch to schedule yours!

Duration

2.5 hours


Group size

3 minimum, 12 maximum


Requirements

  • This is a walking tour covering approximately 2 miles at a fairly brisk pace.
  • Minimum of 3 adult attendees required for tours.
  • Advanced registration required.
  • Please check text messages and email 24 hours prior to tour start so you don’t miss notice of cancellation.
  • All attendees must wear masks.

Want to make sure the tour is a go? Purchase 3 adult tickets OR 2 adult tickets and 2 youth tickets.


Included

Narrated tour and People Mover tokens


Not included

Guide gratuity


What to bring

Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes


Cancellation policy

No refunds on tickets purchased unless tour is cancelled by tour operator.

Experience the excitement of Detroit firsthand! On this tour, you’ll witness the revitalization of a major post-industrial American city many had written off and learn about its fascinating past. Join us on this intimate tour of the city that put the world on wheels and discover the amazing history of innovation, philanthropy, social justice and culture.

Detroit is an old city where the flags of three nations have flown. Its European roots date back over three centuries, and Native American heritage transcends 1000 years. Discover how the past influences the city’s identity today.

This tour not only takes you to some of the city’s architectural gems, but also includes ample photo stops in front of our iconic landmarks. You’ll visit an art deco masterpiece so spectacular it’s called the “Cathedral to Commerce” and witness where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. first delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Believe it or not, the Motor City is transforming into a pedestrian-friendly place with an abundance of popular outdoor spaces such as Campus Martius, Spirit of Detroit Plaza, Capitol Park and the Detroit RiverWalk (yes, you can see Canada from here). You’re guaranteed to enjoy great views, an urban beach (or ice skating rink depending upon the season), fun food and retail pop-ups, public art, and more.

The Belt and Parker’s Alley are a couple other pedestrian-friendly places you’ll visit. These repurposed alleys feature funky murals, boutiques and numerous places to grab a cocktail or bite to eat. Our guides are well-versed in the ever-evolving dining and drinking scene. They’ll point out many of the legendary establishments and trendy new hotspots along the way.

Although this is a walking tour—with an emphasis on walking—we do ride on the Detroit People Mover, our elevated transit system, to a couple stops so you can sit back and enjoy the journey.
As always, we promise to take you on a tour to remember!

NOTE: The book A History Lover’s Guide to Detroit, written by our founder, is the perfect complement to this tour. Purchase it online at major bookstores before your visit to acquaint yourself with the city. Or, purchase an autographed copy as a souvenir when booking your tour and receive the special price of $16 (down from $21.99, the regular retail price).

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