See The D: Downtown Detroit Walking Tour

Fun and informative overview of Detroit

Small Group Tours

Knowledgeable and passionate local guides

Discover Downtown Detroit’s Must-See Spots

Discover downtown Detroit, the heartbeat of the Motor City, and experience stunning riverfront views, architectural masterpieces, riveting history, and all the local must-see sights. On this outdoor adventure, knowledgeable guides deliver memorable tours of Detroit, a historic city that has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past few years and continues to evolve today. This popular walking tour offers visitors and locals an exciting opportunity to see Detroit up close and personal.

Highlights

Peek inside an art deco masterpiece some say is Detroit's most beautiful building

See Michigan's tallest building, a foreign country, and the "Best Riverwalk in America"

Stroll through historic districts, visit an urban beach, and learn all about Detroit's vast history

Enjoy excellent photo opportunities in front of iconic statues, inside activated art alleys, and other Insta hotspots

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Trip Details

Price

Adult: $30
Youth: $15 (8-17)
6% booking fee assessed on tickets booked online (you can avoid the booking fee by purchasing tickets via phone).


Departure time

10:00 am Thursday – Sunday


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

Thursday-Sunday (Mid-June to Mid-September)

Select dates (Mid-September to December 31)

Private tours starting at $175 available by request year round. Get in touch to schedule yours!


Duration

2.5 hours


Group size

3 minimum, 10 maximum

(Want to make sure tour is a go? Purchase 3 adult tickets or 2 adult and 2 youth tickets).


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 inside buildings we visit.

Included

Fun, informative narrated tour


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. (Due to Covid 19, the Detroit People Mover is still not in service as of our 2021 reopening. We’ll include a couple rides as soon as it reopens).
As always, we promise to take you on a tour of Detroit you’ll long 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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