Four Types of Detroit Tours You’ll Want to Experience

Today, guest blogger Dan Fuoco of Visit Detroit gives us some tips for exploring the city with these four types of Detroit tours.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @phillyd1834 | Detroit Tours

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @phillyd1834

Detroit tours are not cookie-cutter or identical – they are custom, one-of-a-kind, jam-packed journeys that will transform your notion of Detroit and leave your thirsting for more knowledge and curious enough to explore on your own.

The right tour can be found based on these four types of Detroit tour experiences:

Historical Tours

The American Revolution. The Underground Railroad. Birthplace of the automobile. The Civil Rights movement. If you didn’t already realize it, these Detroit tours are a goldmine for history geeks.

Historians adore The Henry Ford Museum mainly because of its popular 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.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society | Detroit Tours

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

Also a must-stop location on your Detroit tour itinerary, the Detroit Historical Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history in the U.S., encompassing 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 without a factual overload.

Musical Tours

Every Detroit tour must include a visit to Motown Museum where you will literally walk the hallways once frequented by Motown legends Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations and The Supremes, to name a few. Enter Studio A and relive the humming, snapping, and foot-tapping that swept the nation.

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Detroit Riverfront and GM Renaissance Center | Detroit Tours

Detroit Riverfront and GM Renaissance Center

Did You Know? 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! Detroit and its metro area are world headquarters to all three major US automakers: Ford, Chrysler, and GM. Every tour of Detroit should stop at the world headquarters and the iconic building in Detroit’s skyline, the General Motors Renaissance Center. Free tours of the GM Renaissance Center take visitors through the automaker’s showroom, highlighting vintage, new and concept vehicles. The grand finale is a glass elevator ride to the 72nd floor of the Detroit Marriott Hotel and tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere.

Keeping on the architecture trail, Detroit Experience Factory offers a free weekly Art & Architecture Walking Tour on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 P.M.. On the tour, you’ll discover the city’s rich history, grand buildings and vibrant art in public places. Stand on Detroit’s Point of Origin in Campus Martius, 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; it is one of the only cities in the country so faithfully emblematic of this architectural style. A Detroit tour focused on architecture should include visiting 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.

Must-sees should include the historic Westin Book Cadillac Detroit hotel, built in the 1900s; the Chicago style-influenced Penobscot Building, designed by Rowland and Detroit sculptor Corrado Parducci; the art deco Guardian Building; and the Fisher and General Motors Building (Cadillac Place), both designed by Kahn and located in Detroit’s New Center area.

Have you gotten the opportunity to tour Detroit? Let us know what you saw during your visit!

Dan Fuoco_2014_portraitDan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with VisitDetroit’s social media and blog communities.  You can find him geeking out over: social media infographics, muscle cars and Detroit. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and periodically on Pinterest.

Fall Fun in Lenawee County

Southeast Michigan is beautiful in the fall months as the weather grows cooler and the leaves change colors. Catrina Ossmann of Clever Ideas Marketing teamed up with the Lenawee County Convention and Visitors Bureau to share just some of what makes autumn in Lenawee a destination to remember.

Join us for a fall festival, bring your bike and take a ride around the lakes for the Fall Color Tour. Stay for a show or concert at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Tecumseh Center for the Arts in Tecumseh or the Adrian Symphony Orchestra!

Enjoy a relaxing ride on The Southern Michigan Railroad that offers fall color tours with a train ride between Clinton and Tecumseh. Carpenter Farms in Adrian has hayrides, corn maze and pumpkins.

Festivals

Art-a-Licious, September 18-19, Downtown Adrian
Art-A-Licious is a perfect mix of fine art, food, and entertainment. Featuring more than 80 talented local and regional artists, you are sure to find something that speaks to you. Many of our artists provide demonstrations of their craft. As you shop, your experience is complemented by ongoing live musical performances at the main stage.

Carpenter Farms. Photo courtesy of  Lenawee CVB.

Photo courtesy of Lenawee CVB.

Clinton Fall Festival, September 25-27, Village of Clinton
Large areas of the village are filled with creative works of arts and crafts vendors, tempting aromas from food vendors, new ideas and products displayed by a variety of merchants, opportunities to learn from non-profit groups, and exciting entertainment on two stages. Children will love the petting zoo, camel rides, mini-tractor pull, and the inflatables. A highlight of Sunday’s activities is the hour-long parade with over 100 units.

Blues-n-Brews Festival, October 3, Downtown Adrian
The annual festival features beer, wine and hard cider from more than 30 Michigan breweries and wineries and live blues music from Michigan’s own Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday and Broken Arrow Blues Band. Tickets and VIP packages are available.

Explore Hidden Lake Gardens. Photo courtesy of Russ Millett III.

Explore Hidden Lake Gardens. Photo courtesy of Russ Millett III.

Fall Foliage Festival, October 3, Hidden Lake Gardens
Visitors will find local crafts vendors, artisan demonstrations, food, pumpkin painting, scarecrow displays, scavenger hunt, wagon rides and live animals. Those attending are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or purchase something from one of the vendors. Admission is $5 per person (free for members) with a limit of $20 per vehicle. Proceeds go towards the support the gardens.

Appleumpkin Festival. Photo courtesy of Sarah D Carter.

Appleumpkin Festival. Photo courtesy of Sarah D Carter.

Appleumpkin Festival, October 10-11, Downtown Tecumseh
You’ll want to bring the whole gang to town for this one. The kids will enjoy the midway rides, carnival games, inflatables and make-it-take-it crafts, straw maze and corn box. The Antique Street Fair and Flea Market will keep you captivated for hours. The Arts & Crafts Show brings wonderfully handcrafted creations into Tecumseh. Stop by the Appleumpkin stage area and take in the live performances. Kapnick Orchards in nearby Britton hosts an Apple Festival the same weekend. There is something for everyone to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Catrina OssmannCatrina Ossmann is the Owner of Clever Ideas Marketing and works with the Lenawee County CVB. Find her on Twitter @CleverIdeasCO or the Lenawee County CVB at @VisitLenawee.

 

 

Nine Great Selfie Locations in Downtown Ann Arbor

Looking for that perfect place to snap a selfie in Ann Arbor? Here is a list of some of the more iconic backgrounds ideal to show all your friends all the fun you’re having in AA. 

The Cube! Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The Cube! Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The Cube
Although seemingly massive and immovable, the Cube actually rotates on its axis, given a gentle push. The Cube measures 15 feet wide by 15 feet tall.
Location: Regents’ Plaza, U-M Campus Corner of Maynard and Jefferson

Singing in the Rain mural. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Singing in the Rain mural. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Singing in the Rain Mural
Painted by local artist, David Zinn, the lamp post is part of the streetscape, not within the mural. Hang from the post with Gene Kelly for the perfect picture!
Location: West side of S. Fifth Ave., facing Liberty St.

The sign outside of the Michigan Theater. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The sign outside of the Michigan Theater. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Michigan Theater
The beautifully restored historic theater, once a vaudeville & silent-movie hub now hosts diverse films & cultural events.
Location: Liberty St., just west of State St.

Find the Fairy Doors around Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Find the Fairy Doors around Ann Arbor. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Fairy Doors
Sprinkled throughout the downtown area, these little creations are doorways to the imagination!
Locations: The Michigan Theater, The Ark, Peaceable Kingdom, Sweetwaters (W. Washington)

The University of Michgian Law Quad. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The University of Michgian Law Quad. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

University of Michigan Law Quad
With striking Gothic-style buildings, The Law Quad is one of the most awe-inspiring locations on campus — second only to The Big House.
Location: Entrance to the Law Quad via the arch is located off South University

The famous "Big House". Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The famous “Big House”. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Michigan Stadium “The Big House”
Snap a selfie outside these iconic gates or climb to the top of the parking structure at Main and William for a great skyline shot!
Location: Gate 4, the corner of Main and Stadium

The front of Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

The front of Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Zingerman’s Delicatessen
This Ann Arbor institution was described by Mario Batali as his “temple of deliciousness.” The Deli is regarded as one of the best in the country.
Location: Corner of Detroit and Kingsley Streets in historic Kerrytown.

Exploring Nickels Arcade. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Exploring Nickels Arcade. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Nickels Arcade
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the very few glass-ceiling urban shopping malls in the country. Grab a coffee, do some shopping, and enjoy a walk through history!
Location: Entrances located on State and Maynard, just north of William.

Kerrytown Bell Tower. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Kerrytown Bell Tower. Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor CVB.

Kerrytown Market and Shops
Just a few blocks from the heart of downtown, Kerrytown Market & Shops stands out as the most unique collection of shops in the area. Saturdays, Kerrytown hosts the renowned Ann Arbor Farmers Market.
Location: Corner of Kingsley and Fifth Ave.

Check out VisitAnnArbor.org for more information or to begin planning your next visit to the Ann Arbor area. Share your photos with other Ann Arbor fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #VisitAnnArbor.