Monuments Tour of Detroit, Detroit (Self Guided)

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.
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Monuments Tour of Detroit Map

Guide Name: Monuments Tour of Detroit
Guide Location: USA » Detroit (See other walking tours in Detroit)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Author: vickyc
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General Thaddeus Kosciuszko

1) General Thaddeus Kosciuszko

The statue of General Thaddeus Kosciuszko memorializes an American hero of Polish origin. Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a soldier and a civil rights advocate. He was in George Washington's army and participated in the Revolutionary War where he became a general. He served in France as Ambassador of the United States. He sold his properties in the U.S. and used this money to free and educate slaves. This bronze statue of the general on a horse was a gift from Poland. It was erected in 1911 and is a copy of a monument in Krakow.
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Statue of General Alexander Macomb

2) Statue of General Alexander Macomb

The statue of General Alexander Macomb can be found on a busy intersection in Detroit. Alexander Macomb grew up in a rich and prominent family. Macomb had a great military career. He behaved bravely at the battle of Plattsburgh, New York, in the War of 1812. The statue, built in 1908, is designed in the Classic Revival style and is made of bronze. It is believed that the statue was made from melted cannons left over from the war. The statue depicts Macomb as a proud officer. His figure rests on a granite pedestal.
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Passo di Danza

3) Passo di Danza

Passo di Danza translates to 'Step of the Dance.' This sculpture depicts a naked female ballet dancer. Italian sculptor Giacomo Manzu crafted the sculpture in the image of his wife. The dancer stands poised on her toes, ready to begin the first steps of her dance. Her elegant hands rest on her head. The statue is made from bronze and shines in the sunlight. It is located at the American Natural Gas Company Building.
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Christopher Columbus Monument

4) Christopher Columbus Monument

The Christopher Columbus Monument was made possible by generous donors. The monument is a bust of Columbus that sits on a pedestal with two prows of ships as reminders of his famous discovery of America. This statue was erected in 1910 on the 400th anniversary of his death. The monument was made in Italy and was shipped to Detroit.
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Hand of God

5) Hand of God

"Hand of God" is a sculpture-monument dedicated to Frank Murphy and is located at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. Murphy was a governor, a judge, U.S. Attorney General and mayor of Detroit. He contributed a great deal to the development of Michigan. The statue is shaped in the form of a giant hand. Resting on the fingers is a naked figure leaning backwards. The sculpture is made from bronze and is set on black granite.
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Russell A. Alger Memorial

6) Russell A. Alger Memorial

The Russell A. Alger Memorial is located in Grand Circus Park. Alger held several public jobs, serving as a general, a United States senator, governor of Michigan, and Secretary of War. His memorial is strikingly beautiful. It was created by one of the most outstanding sculptors of the region - Daniel Chester French. The memorial consists of a pedestal topped by a statue of a female figure representing the state of Michigan. On the head of the statue is a laurel crown. She is greeting the people of Detroit with one hand and holding a sword and shield in the other. The memorial was established in 1921.
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Statues of Mayors Hazen S. Pingree and William H. Maybury

7) Statues of Mayors Hazen S. Pingree and William H. Maybury

The statues of Mayors Hazen S. Pingree and William H. Maybury commemorate these civic leaders of Detroit. The statues are located in Grand Circus Park near one another. Both men were mayors of Detroit. Pingree also served as the governor of Michigan.
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Statue of Robert Burns

8) Statue of Robert Burns

The statue of Robert Burns was built with donations from English immigrants. Burns was a famous writer, and his poems and songs are dedicated to his native land - Scotland. He grew up in a poor family, and in his poems he depicts scenes of everyday life for the poor people of his country. He died very young but became a symbol of Scotland through his literary contributions.

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.
Dowtown Detroit Orientation Walk

Dowtown Detroit Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 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
Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Detroit's New Town is the more modern part of the city and is where the campus of Detroit University is located. There are many great bars and nightclubs in this area that cater to a younger crowd. Take this self-guided tour to explore the nightlife in Detroit's New Town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Cultural Tour of Detroit

Cultural Tour of Detroit

Detroit is a multicultural city heavily influenced by the automobile industry. The city has a thriving arts scene and boasts many art galleries and theaters. This self-guided tour will lead you to Detroit's best cultural attractions.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Detroit for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Detroit has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Detroit, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.