Detroit, MI

4 Types of Detroit Tours To Experience

Becca Ballard

Detroit tours are custom. They are one-of-a-kind that will transform your love and notion of Detroit, leaving you wanting to explore the city even more. Here are four different types of tours you can adventure to explore the city.

Historical Tours

Detroit is a goldmine for history fanatics. From The American Revolution, to The Underground Railroad, all the way to the birthplace of the automobile there is so much history in this city. If you have a love of history or just want to learn more about the city and how the past has played a role in the present, visit The Henry Ford Museum. This location is popular for its artifacts which include Abraham Lincoln's rocking chair (from the night of his assassination) and the bus where Detroiter, Rosa Parks, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, sparking the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Also a must-stop location on your Detroit tour itinerary is the Detroit Historical Museum. This museum is one of the oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history in the U.S. Here you'll find more than three centuries of metro Detroit history. A self-guided Detroit tour is the best way to soak up just the right amount of history here.

Musical Tours

Here is a tip: Every Detroit tour must include a visit to Motown Historical Museum. At this museum you will be wowed as you take steps down the hallways once frequented by Motown legends Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and others as well. Enter Studio A and relive the humming, snapping and foot-tapping that swept the nation.

Free Tours

The “Mo” in Motown was derived from “Motor City” which pays homage to the ultra-obvious notion that Detroit is the car capital of the world. With Detroit being the world headquarters to all three major U.S. automakers: Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, every tour of Detroit should stop at the world headquarters and the iconic building in Detroit’s skyline, the GM Renaissance Center. Free tours are available here and you'll get to discover the automaker’s showroom, highlighting vintage, along with new and concept vehicles. The grand finale is a glass elevator ride to the 72nd floor of the Detroit Marriott Hotel.

Detroit Experience Factory is also another location that offers a free weekly Art & Architecture Walking Tour. On the tour, you’ll discover the city’s amazing history, grand buildings and vibrant art in public stops. Stand on Detroit’s Point of Origin in Campus Martius Park, pose with the Spirit of Detroit and adore the art deco in the ceiling of the majestic Guardian Building, a National Historic Landmark.

Outdoor Tours

Detroit has been called the Paris of the Midwest because of its attention to fine architecture. This Motor City it is one of the only cities in the country of this architectural style. A Detroit tour is available that focuses on architecture where you'll visit works from Albert Kahn, George D. Mason and Wirt C. Rowland. Minoru Yamasaki, who later designed the World Trade Center, also got his start in Detroit, where he designed buildings including One Woodward Avenue.

Bonus Tour

Detroit has been home to the filming of many Hollywood movies, including 2016's Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Grab your smartphone and download the Batman v Superman Tour app. Now, experience the city all while touring the locations that were featured in the movie. The app features content, extras and cool freebies that become available as you check in at the 12 respective Detroit locations.

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