We’ve got a BIG city to cover so there’s not a moment to waste! After meeting at the Michigan Welcome Center a stone’s throw from Canada, we’ll get rolling and tell you about the history of our city way back when it was mostly just beavers, logs, and French people.
You’ll get the historic and geographic context of our city from your guide before you even reach the first portion of tour sites: the downtown area. Here, we’re telling you the stories behind a few of Detroit’s most iconic buildings and statues plus a few hidden gems. We’ll get off the bus to explore an AMAZING adaptive reuse site. Seriously, fire up that IG story.
The tour continues along Detroit’s stunningly-rehabbed waterfront where you’ll see and hear about the transformation from industrial to recreational use. Of course we’re also talking about Belle Isle, which is home to literally 5 national record holding sites.
We’ll cruise through a historic neighborhood on our drive to the internationally-renowned Heidelberg Project. You’ll enjoy a walk through this outdoor art space with your guide before we board up again to view one of the world’s most infamous automotive factory ruins: the Packard Plant.
You’ll hear more about industrial Detroit while we cruise past the General Motors Poletown Plant on our way to New Center, home of Motown Records. We’ll hop out and head inside The Fisher Building so you can marvel at what crazy stuff we used to build during the ‘ole Boom Times. Then, it’s time for a cruise down Woodward Avenue, Detroit’s main thoroughfare, past a number of the city’s finest cultural institutions.
We wrap up our time together in Corktown with a visit to Michigan Central Station, formerly the world’s tallest abandoned train station, on our way back to the Michigan Welcome Center.
Just three hours, so much adventure!
The Pickup Location & Time
We’re picking up for this tour at two locations:
- 11:45AM at The Urban Bean in downtown Detroit which is located at 200 Grand River Avenue. It’s the cool all-glass little orange place.
- 12:00PM behind the Michigan Welcome Center in Southwest Detroit by the Ambassador Bridge at 2835 Bagley Street.
We’ll have you back to your start point about 3 hours later.
Downtown near Urban Bean there are lots of great parking lots in the $5-20 range. There’s also quite a lot of street parking and usually a vacancy or two.
Behind the Michigan Welcome Center there is a GIGANTIC parking lot that’s totally free. Like any public parking please make sure you don’t leave any valuables in you car; it’s still a city.
Urban Bean is very close to the Rosa Parks Transit Center. Most major DDOT and SMART bus routes run to this transit center. The People Mover drops off very nearby too. Finally, the Q Line has a station on Woodward so you can get here from Midtown and New Center easily. All roads lead to Urban Bean apparently.
The Michigan Welcome Center is accessible by bus or MoGo bikeshare.
Refund and Cancellations
Your tickets are fully refundable up to 7 days before the date of your tour. After that period there are no refunds. Sorry to be so mean about it. You’re welcome to reassign your tickets by emailing us at email@example.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How often will we get off the bus?
You’ll exit the bus four times on the tour: once at the super cool adaptive reuse project, once at the Heidelberg project, once at The Fisher Building and once at Michigan Central Station.
What happens if I miss the bus? Will the bus wait for me if I’m late?
We can’t hold the bus for you if you’re late, though. Sorry to be so mean about that. There’s a schedule to keep and we want everyone to have a good time.
Can I drink on the bus?
Sorry, no sauce on this one. Soft drinks and snacks are totally okay though.
Is there a bathroom on the way?
There are bathrooms at our first stop and about 2/3s of the way through our tour at The Fisher Building.
Is there really free parking at the Michigan Welcome Center?
YEAH! Wow, right? It’s your lucky day. There’s a giant parking lot right behind it.
If I can’t show up will my friend be able to go instead?
Totally. Just let us know ahead of time via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update your tickets with the new name or send them with your printed tickets.
Will you be selling extra seats at the bus?
Nope. Sorry. All passes gotta be bought online. There’s a limited number of seats and we want you to have plenty of room – no roof riders no matter how badass that might sound.
What about weather SNAFUs?
We live in Michigan. Sometimes Mother Nature likes to throw us a curveball. We keep safety as our highest priority. In case of gnarly weather, you’ll receive an email the day of the event with a raincheck/snowcheck date. If you cannot make the rescheduled date, you’ll get a voucher good for a future tour with us.