Dowtown Detroit Orientation Walk, Detroit

Detroit, being the oldest city in the Midwest, boasts a number of landmarks, many of which are concentrated in the downtown area. The must-see attractions in Detroit include the Renaissance Center, Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most fascinating landmarks and neighborhoods in downtown Detroit.
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Dowtown Detroit Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: Dowtown Detroit Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Detroit (See other walking tours in Detroit)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Author: Caroline
Renaissance Center

1) Renaissance Center (must see)

Renaissance Center is a group of seven interconnected skyscrapers in Downtown Detroit. Located on the International Riverfront, the Renaissance Center complex is owned by General Motors as its world headquarters. The central tower, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, is the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and features the largest rooftop restaurant, Coach Insignia. It has been the tallest building in Michigan since its erection in 1977.

John Portman was the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hart Plaza

2) Hart Plaza (must see)

Hart Plaza is known as the Philip A. Hart Plaza. Philip Hart was a United States Senator from 1959 to 1976. This 14-acre (57,000 m2) land was dedicated to him in 1956. It is located Downtown Detroit, between the Detroit River and East Jefferson.

In 1979 was the completion of the Philip A. Hart Plaza. Hundreds of people come together during the summer for celebrations, concerts and festivals from May to Labor Day. People all over the Midwest and Canada join together for free, fun filled...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Joe Louis Memorial

3) Joe Louis Memorial (must see)

The Monument to Joe Louis, known also as "The Fist", is a memorial to the boxer at Detroit's Hart Plaza. Dedicated on October 16, 1986, the sculpture, commissioned by Sports Illustrated magazine from the Mexican-American sculptor Robert Graham, is a 24-foot-long (7.3 m) arm with a fisted hand suspended by a 24-foot-high (7.3 m) pyramidal framework.

It represents the power of his punch both inside and outside the ring. Because of his efforts to fight Jim Crow laws, the fist was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
"Spirit of Detroit"

4) "Spirit of Detroit"

The Spirit of Detroit is a city monument with a large bronze statue created by Marshall Fredericks and located at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. It was commissioned in 1955 for a cost of $58,000 (equivalent to $503,195 today), and dedicated in 1958. In its left hand, the large seated figure holds a gilt bronze sphere emanating rays to symbolize God. In its right hand, is a family group symbolizing all human relationships. The 26-foot (7.9 m) sculpture was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Guardian Building

5) The Guardian Building

The Guardian Building is a landmark skyscraper in the United States, located at 500 Griswold Street in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, within the Financial District. Built in 1928 the building is a bold example of Art Deco architecture, including art modern designs. At the top of the Guardian Building's spire is a large American Flag, complementing the four smaller flags atop nearby 150 West Jefferson. The building has undergone recent award-winning renovations. It was designated a National...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Campus Martius Park

6) Campus Martius Park

Campus Martius Park is a re-established park in Downtown Detroit, Michigan. The original park covered several acres and was a major gathering area for citizens. Campus Martius Park is the home of the annual Motown Winter Blast and it has become the site of the city's annual Christmas tree lighting celebration, held the Monday before Thanksgiving. Thousands come to hear Christmas music and countdown to the lighting of the city's official Christmas tree and other decorations to mark the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Grand Circus Park Historic District

7) Grand Circus Park Historic District

The Grand Circus Park Historic District contains the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Grand Circus Park in Downtown Detroit, Michigan that connects the theatre district with its financial district. Among the notable buildings encircling the park are the David Broderick Tower and David Whitney Building on the south, Kales Building, and Central United Methodist Church on the north, and Comerica Park and Detroit Opera House on the East. The Detroit Opera House overlooks the eastern edge of the park and the grounds...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Fox Theater

8) Fox Theater (must see)

The Fox Theatre is an ornate performing arts center in the United States, located at 2211 Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit. Opened in 1928 as a flagship movie palace in the Fox Theatres chain, it is noted as the first theater designed and built to include a speaker system for sound films. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. The area surrounding the Fox is nicknamed Foxtown. The city's major performance...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

9) Greektown

Greektown is a historic commercial and entertainment district in Detroit, Michigan, located just northeast of the heart of downtown, along Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine Streets. It includes St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Second Baptist Church, the Athenium Suite Hotel, and the Greektown Casino Hotel within its boundaries. The neighborhood is a popular restaurant and entertainment area, having many restaurants that serve authentic Greek cuisine, as well as one of the city's...   view more
Trinity Lutheran Church

10) Trinity Lutheran Church (must see)

Trinity Lutheran Church is a historic Detroit church currently registered as a National Historic Site. At 150 years old, it is the oldest church in this region and is the most famous Lutheran church in the city. The church was built from red brick and incorporates decorative elements made of glass, wood, tile and brass. The church is an excellent example of the 16th-century Pier and Clerestory Gothic styles of...   view more
Eastern Market

11) Eastern Market

Eastern Market is a historic commercial district in Detroit, Michigan. It is located approximately one mile (1.6 km) northeast of the city's downtown. Eastern Market is the largest historic public market district in the United States, and the Eastern Market farmer's distribution center is the largest open-air flowerbed market in the United States and has more than 150 foods and specialty businesses. Eastern Market is a selling point for a wide variety of produce, meat, spice and other...   view more

Walking Tours in Detroit, Michigan

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Creating your own self-guided walk in Detroit is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Monuments Tour of Detroit

Monuments Tour of Detroit

There are many monuments and statues in the city of Detroit. Many wealthy Detroit residents have bequeathed money to the city specifically to build notable landmarks. Monuments to great personalities in the history of the city and the country are scattered across the city. Take this self-guided tour to see Detroit's unique monuments and statues.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Museums Tour of Detroit

Museums Tour of Detroit

You will find many interesting museums in Detroit that specialize in art, history, science and more. The most popular museum in the city is the Motor Sports Museum. Detroit historically has had close ties to the auto industry, and this strong relationship continues to this day. Take this self-guided tour to visit Detroit's best museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Henry Ford Tour of Detroit

Henry Ford Tour of Detroit

Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, is the town where the famous car maker Henry Ford was born. There are many attractions related to Henry Ford here. Visit the museum of Henry Ford, the Henry Ford Estate, historic Greenfield Village and more. Take this tour to learn more about Detroit legend Henry Ford.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle

Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle

Detroit's Belle Isle is a wonderful island connected to the city by a bridge. There are many interesting tourist attractions on the island. You can visit a museum, stroll through a fairy-tale-beautiful park, see a memorial lighthouse and more. Take this self-guided tour to explore Belle Isle, which is fittingly named 'beautiful island'.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Landmarks Tour of North Detroit

Landmarks Tour of North Detroit

There are many tourist attractions in the northern area of Detroit. The Motown Historical Museum, for example, tells the history of the city from a musical perspective. There are also an amazing array of architecturally interesting buildings and churches. This self-guided tour will lead to the most notable landmarks in north Detroit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Churches Tour of Detroit

Churches Tour of Detroit

Detroit is a multicultural city, which is reflected in the variety of churches found here. There are splendid Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals, as well as historic Protestant churches. This self-guided tour will lead you to Detroit's most magnificent places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km