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The Guardian Building, constructed in 1929, is one of the most recognizable landmark buildings in the Detroit skyline. Bestowed as a United States Historic Landmark, this stunning piece of architecture towers more than 490 feet (149 meter) over Detroit's heart. The opulent Art Deco structure has 36 floors with interiors that are actually just as impressive as the façade. It's home to many financial firms and hence it has rightly earned the epithet 'Cathedral of Finance'. Irrespective of how busy one's schedule is, locals as well as tourists find time to step-in and admire the colorful beauty of this architectural marvel.
The Detroit Princess riverboat is about everything grand! Docked on the Detroit River near Hart Plaza, the ship undertakes both private as well as public cruises and offers separate private charterers too. The cruises are generally two to three hours long, with the quaint and scenic beauty of the Detroit River placed at your disposal. The ship specializes in a variety of cruises including moonlight cruises, fall color cruises and dinner cruises. Serving as many as 1800 people, the beautifully structured Detroit Princess is used for hosting parties, conferences, family outings and a lot more!
This promenade in Downtown Detroit runs along the Detroit River from the Joe Louis Arena to Rivard Plaza. The RiverWalk is a popular destination for various activities including walking, jogging, and rollerblading. The RiverWalk passes through and by a number of area landmarks, including the Tri-Centennial State Park Lighthouse, the Detroit River and Hart Plaza with its Underground Railroad Memorial. It's a great destination for the whole family, and even includes a spouting fountain for kids and people of all ages to play in on a hot day.
Evoking the Roaring Twenties sentiment, this trendy distillery tasting room brings back the craft of artisanal, small batch liquor. From hand crafted whiskey, vodka, and gin, the Detroit City Distillery sources local ingredients from neighboring farms and even the Eastern Market, where the tasting room resides. Distinctly unique, these quality liquors are the perfect base for a artisanal cocktail or even just neat or on the rocks. Following the Roaring Twenties theme, the bottles feature stylized labels that are a piece of art unto themselves. Both classic and signature cocktails can be found, from a typical Whiskey Sour with egg white and lemon, to a Transfer Season made with lemon, annise tea, bitters, soda and their famed Two Faced Bourbon.
For those looking for a break from their urban surroundings, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory offers visitors a beautiful little slice of nature not easily found in Metro Detroit. One of Belle Isle Park's multiple attractions, this conservatory — first built in 1904 — spans over one acre (0.4 hectare) and features an 85 foot (25 meters) high dome. Five distinct sections house a diverse and colorful collection of tropical plants, flowers, cacti, fernery and more, making it an excellent destination for photographers. From the Japanese water garden to the outside sculpture garden, there is an ethereal magic flowing throughout these grounds, which is why it makes for a great day visit for couples, families or just solo-explorers looking for some quietude and natural beauty.
Few cities have anything as splendid as this nearly 1000 acre (404.68 hectare) island park. Accessible by the MacArthur Bridge, Belle Isle has been a favorite place for relaxation and recreation, plus it's a great spot to watch the ore freighters gliding down the river. Around the island, there is a beach, a conservatory, formal gardens, an old lighthouse, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, lagoons, picnic areas and much more. The Scott Fountain, with its imposing gargoyles, provides a great evening light show. Entry to the park itself is free, however there is a fee for vehicles entering the park.
Built for memorial purposes, the William Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse is a fluted tower of Georgian marble that stands a proud 80 feet (24.38 meters) tall. The lighthouse is named after William Livingstone, a mariner and president of the Lake Carrier's Association, who improved the shipping lanes and channels of the Great Lakes region during his time on the board from 1909 to 1925. Designed by the famed architect, Albert Khan, whose other works can be found around the city, the lighthouse was built in 1929 and dedicated in 1930. The light from the bronze lantern room atop the lighthouse can be seen from as far as 15 miles (24.14 kilometers) away.
Tour this peaceful hideaway of automobile magnate Edsel Ford and his wise Eleanor. This 87-acre (35.2 hectare) estate is located on the shores of Lake St. Clair and the house was designed by the renowned architect Albert Kahn. The estate features original paintings by Matisse, Cezanne and more as well as has beautifully landscaped grounds. Guided tours around the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House offer a look at this beautiful manor as well as an interesting history lesson.
Cranbrook House is one of the oldest manor homes in Southeastern Michigan, and has amazing gardens to go along with it. Guests interested in visiting the historic home can partake in guided tours, conducted several times a day, where they can learn all about the history of the house. To visit the gardens, guests can give themselves self-guided tours and explore to their hearts' content. The garden greenhouse is also open for visits and has all kinds of special features like 'living walls' and 'demonstration gardens' so you can draw inspiration for your own.