Backseat Detroit

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Welcome to Backseat Detroit

June 10, 2020 Update:
Due to the pandemic, I am not currently offering tours. Instead, I’m using this time to revive music and art projects. See my personal site to follow everything I do other than tours!

The pre-pandemic introduction:

My name is Joseph C. Krause. I offer “backseat driver” tours of Detroit. You drive your own vehicle, and I hop in and guide you through The Motor City. Each private tour is customized to your interests and background and covers the city’s history, its rise and fall as an industrial giant, the good and the bad, its past, present and future, and all of the great things that are often overlooked.

If you don’t have a car, have a group too big to fit in your vehicle, or simply want to get out of your car, I also offer walking tours. These tours are just as flexible as the ride-around tours. We may incorporate the QLINE streetcar or elevated Detroit People Mover rail into this tour, as well.

If your group exceeds ten people, please call or email to plan.

Really great way to tour Detroit

Our family of six were on a road trip around the States and we did a tour of Detroit with Joe on a very wet October morning.

Right from the start we knew we had made the right choice. Before heading off in the car Joe gave us an overview of Detroit’s incredible history and the industrial and social changes that have shaped its rise, fall, and rebirth.

We only did a two hour tour but Joe managed to pack in a wide range of Detroit’s diverse neighbourhoods. Joe was honest about Detroit’s problems, but was incredibly optimistic for the city’s future. He clearly loves his hometown.

Our kids range from 9 to 17 and they took pretty much everything in. We’ve heard them talking to their friends about Detroit and it’s all information they picked up from the tour.

So thanks Joe, you helped make our stay in Detroit one of the highlights of our holiday. I would highly recommend Backseat Detroit if you’re planning a tour of the city.

Joe Rocks!!!

There was 10 of us ranging in age from 17-80’s and Joe accommodated all of us perfectly! He’s super knowledgeable, pesonable, funny, and professional. He tailored the tour to exactly what we were looking for while adding extra stops along the way with history and info about every street, building, etc. Added bonus was he was super flexible when we arrived 20+ minutes late due to our bus company and he offered to extend the tour so we still got our full time in! Highly recommend!!!

Date of experience: October 2019