To be honest, I didn’t have the best impression of Detroit before visiting but Pat at City Tour Detroit changed all that! She was a wonderful tour guide that had so much passion and love of Detroit…it was definitely contagious! I learned so much from her — she had great facts about all the locations we visited. 10/10 Read more
See the D on Wheels
City tour in climate-controlled vehicle
Mini tour of Model T birthplace
Photo stops at Detroit’s top locations
Cruise Through Detroit to See the Highlights and More!
Whether you’re looking to enhance our walking tour or you’d rather cover more ground, our See the D on Wheels tour, a new offering debuting May 2020, is made for you! Detroit is a large city, encompassing 139 square miles (360 square kilometers), so there’s lots to see and do. This tour enables you to explore more of the Motor City from the comfort of our late model passenger van and discover why Detroit keeps trending as a popular travel destination. Art, architecture, automobiles, history, music, sports, new developments, Detroit’s rise and fall—this tour covers it all.
Discover the rich history of this Queen City where the flags of three nations have flown
Visit historic neighborhoods featuring stately mansions and worker cottages which predate the automobile era; the Ford Piquette Plant, birthplace of the Model T; Belle Isle, our beautiful island Park; historic Eastern Market, known for its funky murals and outdoor markets; and much more
See why Detroit has become a top food and craft cocktail destination and magnet for artists and entrepreneurs
Snap photos at iconic Detroit landmarks such as Motown, the Giant Tiger, Scott Fountain, etc.
Enjoy a favorite local snack
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Youth: $25 (17 and under)
6% booking fee assessed on tickets booked online.
Where Woodward & Jefferson Avenues meet. The “Fist Sculpture” points to our starting point.
May 1 – December 31
3 minimum, 13 maximum
- Advance registration required
- Minimum of 3 adult attendees required for tours
- Guest must reserve their spots in advance
Want to make sure the tour is a go? Purchase 3 adult tickets OR 2 adult tickets and 2 youth tickets.
Transportation, admission to Ford Piquette Plant, Detroit snack
Tour guide & driver gratuities
What to bring
Dress for the weather and wear comfy walking shoes
No refunds on tickets purchased unless tour is cancelled by tour operator.
The meteoric rise and fall of the Motor City, the worldwide symbol of industrial might and innovation for over half the 20th century, has been well-documented. Despite the naysayers and those who seemed to take delight in its decline, today’s Detroit embodies the spirit of the city motto penned by Father Gabriel Richard over two centuries ago after it was destroyed by fire. Speramus meliora, resurget cineribus, meaning “We hope for better things. It will rise from the ashes.”
Cruise the streets of Detroit with us on this intimate motor tour of the city that put the world on wheels and discover the amazing history of innovation, philanthropy, social justice and culture. Feel the excitement firsthand as you witness the revitalization underway of a major post-industrial American city many had written off.
While many of the downtown spots featured on our walking tour are included, the three-hour “See The D on Wheels” tour ventures beyond the central business district and features more must-sees as well as lesser-known sites. A few places you’ll visit are the stadium district, cultural center, historic neighborhoods, Eastern Market and Belle Isle, our beautiful island park.
Highlights include a mini tour of the Ford Piquette Plant, birthplace of the Model T; photo op on the porch of Motown Museum, where the sound heard around the world was recorded; visit to the Fisher Building, an Albert Kahn designed Art Deco jewel; views of funky outdoor art exhibits and much more.
We’re making sure you get the best, all-inclusive tour of one of the most exciting cities in the US. Be prepared to sing a little, dance a little and be amazed. As always, we promise our passionate guides will take you on a tour to remember and show you what Detroit is really all about!
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).
Check out what our guests are saying
I organized a day trip to Detroit for a group of international students from the University of Michigan, and I wanted to include a Downtown walking tour. City Tour Detroit did an amazing job – we saw all the highlights and had great photo opportunities. It was these students’ first time in Detroit and they absolutely loved it. Read more
We visited Detroit in late August to attend a Tigers game at Comerica Park. When visiting a big city, we always try to take a city tour to experience the city. Our walking tour guide was Pat. We got a private tour and are so grateful that she took the time to host just the two of us. Her tour was extraordinary. Read more
On behalf of Eden’s Garden Club, I would like to thank Karin Risko and City Tour Detroit for organizing the Aug 8 “Gardens of Detroit” bus tour which served as a fundraiser for our organization. Read more