Detroit’s neighborhoods see tours weekly. Companies like Backseat Detroit Tours, Feet On The Street Tours, Detroit Historic Neighborhoods Driving Tour, The Detroit Bus Company: Detroit Tours and Adventures, Detroit History Tours, and others customize tours for individuals and groups. There has become a high demand to tour the homes, and as owner of Backseat Detroit Tours, Joseph Krause says, “people are either amazed at how big the neighborhoods are or how huge the houses are.” The homes are uniquely stylish which is why they hit such an emotional button with people. Native Atlantan Kevin Richmond, IT manager for Italian luxury brand in ritzy Buckhead in Atlanta was given a personalized tour and was quoted as saying, “I’ve never seen homes like this. The rich southern charm of the South has nothing like what Detroit has to offer.” Another Georgia native Brandy took a tour and was more excited about the Bagley community; the homes of the Bagley community are much smaller in comparison to its neighboring communities but nevertheless the homes are uniquely designed.
A city given the nickname Built for Titans because of grandiose homes made for auto industry giants there’s no surprise residential neighborhoods have won countless awards, and buildings are instantly recognizable for their elaborate style. Owner Joseph Krause of Backseat Detroit Tours admits a few of his tourists are either surprised of Detroit’s sizeable homes or how extensive the neighborhoods are.
Known as the world’s automotive center, Detroit has a deep-rooted French relation, which is evident throughout the city with street names like Gratiot, Dequindre, Charlevoix, and Jos Campau. The tours bring another added bonus, a much needed language lesson, because the street names are mispronounced.
Backseat Detroit Tours, Detroit-based Feet on the Street Tours, Detroit Heritage Weekly Walking Tours, Biking or Cycling Tours, and Walking and Bus Tours aren’t the only touring companies around. There’s the Detroit—Windsor tour which is an attraction in itself. Due to the close proximity between Detroit and Canada the tour combines two cities, Detroit, MI and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Another enjoyable Detroit and Windsor tour is the Detroit, Windsor, Niagara Falls: Follow the North Star Tour which includes the path of fugitive slaves who followed the North Star to Canada and to Freedom. You’ll understand how the Underground Railway was a network of safe houses and individuals (in both US and Canada) who helped runaway slaves reach freedom. Detroit, Windsor, Amherstburg and Niagara Falls were important terminals in this Underground Railway, and depending on your entry point, whether it’s Detroit, Windsor, Amherstburg, or Niagara Falls, you’ll attain a different vantage point of the experience.
Depending on which tour you take you’ll receive a different perspective and enjoyment from it. Certain tours will implement the revolutionary war where Detroit’s strategic location made the land prime land fought over by the French, British, and Indians during the French and Indian Wars or the Treaty of Paris of 1783, negotiated between the United States and Great Britain that ended the revolutionary war and recognized America’s independence. Places like Fort Detroit or Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit, or also known as Fort Lemoult and Fort Shelby are part of the tour. Established by French officer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in 1701, the fort played a large part in establishing America’s independence, and Detroit’s Cadillac Boulevard is named after the French officer for that very reason. Detroit tours are not cookie-cutter or identical– they leave you with a custom one-of-a-kind experience, that’ll transform your opinion of Detroit or Canada and leave you curious enough to explore on your own.
While downtown take a tour of the Fisher Building and Guardian (originally named the Union Trust Building). Both buildings do their own day and night tours, so if you’re looking to add to your date night then a romantic scene looking out into the city is a perfect ending. These art deco buildings (The Guardian Building is both, art deco and Mayan revival architecture). Tours are 2 hours long at the minimum but Detroit’s history is a lot to cover in just a few hours due to many of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, U.S. National Historic Landmarks, and U.S. Historic Districts, so many tourists have registered for customized tours that last longer. (Fisher Building architects: Albert Kahn and Joseph Nathaniel French). (Guardian Building architect: Wirt C. Rowland).
The city’s buildings aren’t the only attraction in the city but the architectural design and style of the homes in the architectural awarded neighborhoods have gained enough popularity for weekly residential neighborhood personalized tours to take place. It’s definitely not the norm to have constant tours in residential neighborhoods but because of internationally-acclaimed architects and awarded neighborhoods such as Palmer Woods (surrounding neighborhoods are Detroit Golf Detroit Estates ((attached is Detroit Golf Club)), Sherwood Forest ((consists of two subdivisions: Sherwood Forest and Sherwood Forest Manor)), and University District) customized tours are commonplace.
Tour companies like the Detroit Experience Factory not only provide tours but they use interactive experiences and innovative resources to connect you to the people of Detroit, and familiarize you with places and projects in Detroit. Since 2006 they have excited tourists with their new type of tours, and have taken over the city with their version of customized tours. They’ve even taken over Detroit’s community based Welcome Center and over 70,000 people have taken the experiential tours of Detroit since opening in 2006.
Make touring fun, go on a personalized Midwest tour in Detroit. Personalize it- you can’t go wrong. If you’re up for the challenge of walking the largest city-owned island park in the United States then take the Belle Isle Walking Tour with Detroit History Tours. Belle Isle in the third largest island in the Detroit River after Grosse Ile and Fighting Island. It’s beautiful and you’ll also have a view of Canada’s skyline.