After yesterdays marathon museum tour, I suggested that maybe we all should take it easy and enjoy a short day and explore a few of the highlights of Detroit, so we headed out fairly early in the morning with the intention that we would avoid the heat and would be back mid day to rest up for Greenfield Village the next day.
Our first stop was a the AAA office where I need to get some up to date maps of some of our future destinations. The AAA office also offered free parking in a nearby parking garage...at least while doing business in the office. Parking averages $18.00 for eight hours. We also asked about some of the highlights in the down town area and the People Mover.
Model of down town Detroit. Detroit really is trying to reinvent itself.
Our first adventure was on the monorail, known as the Detroit People Mover. It circles the city for $.50 which is a great deal, and stops at 13 different stations. You can go around as many times as you want for$ .50 as long as you don't get off. The People Mover is towards the bottom of the picture.
From the People Mover we all got a good glimpse/overview of downtown Detroit. Some not so good, like the one below of all of the graffiti on vacant buildings.
But we also got some classic views of the city.
We rode on the monorail and continued the full circle and then some, and on the second go around got off at Greek Town. Greek Town was not what I thought it would be. It's a casino with lots of shops nearby and as far as I could tell only encompassed one short street.
From Greek Town we walked down to the water front to explore the big round building which dominates the skyline, and which is the General Motors Corporation headquarters. The building complex is also called Renaissance Center. It turned out tours are given of the building and we were just in time! It was very interesting and free!
As we continued with the tour we saw these guys. No, they are not acting like spider man. They are actually standing on the sky light supports, at least one of them is, and doing maintenance. I don't think I would want their job!
After the tour of the GMC we enjoyed our bag lunch in the GMC atrium known as the Winter Garden and then we walked down to the water front and saw a tall ship.
The walkway continued on to Hart Plaza, which contains several sculptures and water features. The sculpture below is known as the Freedom Sculpture.
Then we continued back toward the heart of downtown to the Americo building which houses a beautiful water feature. Maynard was really infatuated with it.
The day was really warm so we stopped at Cadillac Park and watched the water fountain dance.
Well, this was suppose to be a short day which turned into a long day. We didn't return to our rigs until almost dinner time. Tomorrow we will hit the ground running if we want to see all of Greenfield Village. I'm thinking I'm going to need a day off pretty soon. Gotta love this life!!