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2/10/50 Detroit Experience

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Romulus, MI 48174

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Let the fun begin, on Friday, August 31! You will begin your Detroit journey at the world-renowned Motown Museum, where you'll experience a guided one-hour tour of the famous studio A, where the Supremes, Temptations, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and many others started their musical quest. From the minute you leave the Motown Museum gift shop, we will take a bus tour pass several Detroit landmarks, such as the Boston-Edison District, The location of the ’67 Riot, New Bethel Baptist Church, The Fisher Building, The old General Motors Building, home of Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy and Ray Parker Jr. Your native tour guides will be telling you all you need to know about these spots, and what they mean to the city of Detroit.

Time permits, we will ride pass where the world famous 20 Grand Club and 20 Grand Hotel once stood, and discuss the connection between Detroit and Annapolis. Your sightseeing will not stop there; we will arrive at the Detroit Historical Museum (DHM) where you will be able to walk the streets of old and new Detroit, hear the music played in the streets, and visit the home of the 1968 World Series Champions, the Detroit Tigers.

Hope you’re not tired. After leaving the DHM we will travel down Woodward Ave., glance at the Charles H. Wright Museum, Masonic Temple, hear the history of the area where the Fox Theatre, Fillmore Theatre, Comerica Park, Tiger Stadium, Hockey Town, Ford Field, the 95-year old Detroit Athletic Club, the renovated Detroit Opera House, and the fine new downtown YMCA. Continuing on your tour in Detroit, see the site where Hudson’s, one of the biggest department stores in the US once stood. When it closed in the 1980s, it left a hole in the city that hasn't been filled.

Next, you'll visit the area near Grand Circus Park, which is full of examples of Detroit's rocky history. Here, you'll find even more vacant buildings as well as legendary parks and music venues, like Hard Rock Cafe that have hosted the like of Bruce Spingsteen and Detroit's own Eminem and Kid Rock. You will see from the skyline, the Compuware Building with a 15-story atrium and colorful fountain. Outside that building, you'll see a panorama that includes landmarks like the 47-story Penobscot Building, the Guardian Building, Campus Martius Park, Hart Plaza and the Renaissance Center, which is now the headquarters of General Motors. It's one thing simply seeing these buildings, but to get to know the history behind them makes the experience even more special, especially when it comes from the mouth of locals!

If the weather is nice, you’ll head to the Diamond Jack for a tour of the city from the famous Detroit River. On this boat ride you will view the GM Renaissance Center (home to the tallest hotel in the entire Western Hemisphere (72 floors!), Belle Isle, Ambassador Bridge, Manoogian Mansion, Bob-Lo Island and Historic Fort Wayne.

Make sure you pack your passport; because we are leaving the United States headed to Canada where we will cruise around the streets of Ontario, Windsor you will see the Art Gallery of Windsor, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre, Adventure Bay Water, Transit Windsor and Little Italy. From there, we will head back to Detroit through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel to attend the biggest free jazz festival in the nation. As we leave Downtown Detroit headed back to the hotel, we will pass the Pontchatrain Hotel, Cobo Hall, Coleman A. Young Building, Spirit of Detroit, Joe Louis Fist, Wurlitzer and the Book Cadillac Hotel great examples of Detroit's rise, fall and renewal. When the later opened in 1924 it was the tallest hotel in the world and one of the fanciest, but it closed in the 1980s and stood vacant for more than 25 years on a prominent street corner. Detroiters were thrilled when it reopened after a $200 million renovation on October 6, 2008!

While we are in Downtown Detroit you will see the Detroit People Mover above your head. The People Mover is owned and operated by the Detroit Transportation Corporation (DTC), and inspired by Vancouver and Toronto’s rail systems. The one line train covers 2.94 miles around Downtown Detroit stopping at 13 historical stations: Broadway, Grand Circus Park, Times Square, Michigan Avenue, Fort/Cass, Cobo Center, Joe Louis Arena, Financial District, Millender Center, Renaissance Center, Bricktown, Greektown, and Cadillac Center each of these stations have artwork created by various artists within them.

View the newest addition to Detroit the QLINE streetcar system. In 2017, a 66 feet long streetcar begin running along Woodward Ave covering 12 stations between Congress Street south end ,and West Grand Boulevard north end. The stations are: Grand Blvd, Baltimore St., Amsterdam St., Ferry St., Warren Ave., Canfield St., Martin Luther King Blvd./Mack Ave., Sproat St./Adelaide St., Montcalm St., Grand Circus, Campus Martius and Congress St.

The next day, Saturday, September 1, 2018, it’s our 2nd wedding anniversary! We will start the day with a group meal in Dearborn, MI, and visit the neighborhood of Henry Ford on our way to the Ford Rouge Factory tour for a historical look at how cars are produced. We will leave the plant and take a quick spin around Greenfield Village and The Innovation Center before heading back to the hotel to prepare for my 50th Birthday party “Detroit Style” at PI Banquets Hall in Southfield, MI.

On your last full day in Detroit, Sunday, September 2, we will take a full tour of the city through the eyes of movies and television, 8-Mile, Hardcore Pawn, Preachers of Detroit, Malcolm X, King, Detroit, Straight Outta Compton, Robo Cop, Beverly Hills Cop, Detroit 9000, Grosse Pointe and the Underground Railroad. You will experience a one-and-a-half hour walk through one of the paths slaves used to discover freedom from Canada through Detroit by way of the Second Baptist Church. After the tour, we will load the bus and drive through Paradise Valley, most famously known as Black Bottom, another Detroit-Maryland connection conversation. We will leave Detroit, for the Suburbs through a scenic Detroit route.

The bus will travel down Chrysler Freeway, connect to America’s First Urban Freeway “Davison” and exit at the North End side of Detroit headed towards Highland Park- a city in a city, Palmer Park and drive pass Woodlawn Cemetery, the resting place of many famous people and take a glance at the site of the once Detroit’s State Fair Grounds. Continuing to Royal Oak, we will pass Royal Oak Township, one of the places middle-income black families migrated to after being relocated from Black Bottom due to redevelopment of the area. Low-income blacks were moved to Herman Gardens, The Brewster-Douglass homes (the nations, first housing project under the New Deal), Sojourner Truth homes and later the Jeffries Homes. Hopefully, we can pass the Segregation Wall that still stands on 8 Mile Road for pictures.

When we arrive in Royal Oak, the home of the National Shrine of Little Flower Church, The Rackham Memorial Fountain, the Detroit Zoo and the Woodward Dream Cruise, we will enjoy the sounds of more music; indulge in delicious foods, and see beautiful art at Ford’s annual Art, Beats and Eats.

Happy Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2018 – Be safe on your travels back to Maryland.

This educational, fun-filled tour of Detroit will be one to remember!

The cost for this these 4 days and three-nights of education, fun, and more fun is: $513.38. ( If I can get the $1500 deposit to the bus company on or before May 15 - the price will reduce by $200 per person, making the trip $313.38. A three month payment plan is available after an initital non-refundable reservation/contract fee of $50.00 due on or before May 3, 2018. Share on social media, tell you friends , and family - let make this happen captains.

The price includes, bus transportation to and from Maryland, tolls, parking, all local transportation in Detroit, entry to museums and parks, gratuity and driver’s fees. Hotel fees are single/double occupancy $355.11, the traveler must secure the room in their name by calling Laquinta Inn @ 734.721.1100 let the receptionist know you are traveling with the 2/10/50 Experience. The planner is not responsible for the travelers hotel cost, fees or late registration, or the hotel inability to provide rooms.

Once you register for the tour you will receive an email from the planner which will include a contract and payment plan for you to review, sign and submit. Upon receipt of your contract you will receive the full itineary with timeline and links to the sites and passport instructions, if you need to obtain or renew one.


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