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.

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.

Five Outstanding Instagram Photos from Our Fans in March 2014

March in Pure Michigan is a time of transition from snowy scenery to blooming buds and new beginnings. Our Pure Michigan Instagram community embraced the changing seasons with some wonderful photos! From glowing auroras to melting winter ice, here are just a few of our favorites from March.

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Northern Lights glow in the nighttime sky in the Upper Peninsula. Photo by Instagram user @michellelazur.

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Taking in the view at Turnip Rock. Photo by Instagram user @rockitharder.

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Impressive Grand Island ice caves. Photo by Instagram user @shaleewanders.

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A pastel sunset over Oval Beach along Lake Michigan. Photo by Instagram user @jzitaphotos.

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A serene Detroit skyline in the afterglow of a sunset. Photo by Instagram user @egvoproductions.

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Celebrate Detroit at the 2014 Auto Show Shuffle

The Michigan Fitness Foundation is gearing up for the North American International Auto Show this January with the 2014 Auto Show Shuffle! Guest blogger Tom Sleva gives us the details on what to expect and how to get involved. 

Forget the naysayers, Detroit is Pure Michigan. The Michigan Fitness Foundation is challenging Detroiters and Auto Show attendees to get off of their warm couches and rev up their engines for the 2014 Auto Show Shuffle in a celebration of Pure Detroit with a winter 5K along the beautiful Detroit Riverfront. The race is January 18 at the Detroit Port Authority at 8:00 a.m.

Photo Courtesy of the Michigan Fitness Foundation

The Auto Show Shuffle celebrates Detroit’s rich automotive history and physical activity opportunities along an international waterfront and greenways. The race will finish just before the start of the Public Days portion of the North American International Auto Show. The race is unlike any other. Participants will witness a stunning sunrise over the Canadian and U.S. border and experience Detroit’s industrial glitz and natural beauty through the Dequindre Cut, a revitalized greenway connected to the riverfront. The combination of technology and grit and the city’s natural beauty provides a 100% Pure Detroit experience.

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Over the past 40 years, the riverfront has gone from factories and shipping to housing, retail and recreation. Its Detroit’s best kept secret. And it’s all thanks to the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy. Runners will have an opportunity to see the good work they continue to execute for Detroit and its visitors thanks to tremendous funding from General Motors and the Kresge Foundation. Amenities implemented on the riverfront such as a café, butterfly garden, bike shop and carousels are also along the course to see.

Registering for the Auto Show Shuffle means you believe in Detroit and that it is Pure Michigan. Participants will receive a commemorative tech-shirt, discount admission to the Auto Show and a special Auto Show Shuffle medal. Proceeds from the Shuffle will fund physical activity, nutrition and health programs throughout the state through the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

To register, visit www.autoshowshuffle.com. For more information on Michigan Fitness Foundation’s programs, or to find more events like the Auto Show Shuffle, visit www.michiganfitness.org. Any questions about the Auto Show Shuffle or the Michigan Fitness Foundation can be directed to Nathan Ohle at nohle@michiganfitness.org.

Tom Sleva is a Marketing and Events Intern at the Michigan Fitness Foundation