The Most Instagrammable Spots in Detroit

Modified: May 13, 2019 | Story by Lindsay Whitman Drewes | Photos by Bill Bowen

Are you ready to #Detroit for the gram? You’ll want to hit these most Instagrammable spots in Detroit. Keep reading to find the top 11 picture perfect spots in the city.

1. Joe Louis Fist

Geotag: Hart Plaza
Hashtag: #JoeLouisFist

The Monument to Joe Louis was a gift from Sports Illustrated Magazine to the city in 1986. It was created to honor the 1938 boxing match between Detroiter Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling. At the time, Nazi Germany was working to overthrow Austria and the events that followed lead to World War 2. Louis’ win was a perfect way to disrupt the Nazi’s propaganda about a superior Aryan race.

2. Ambassador Bridge

Geotag: Ambassador Bridge
Hashtag: #AmbassadorBridge

This huge suspension bridge connects Detroit to Canada. Anyone visiting the Motor City should grab a selfie with the bridge in the background. It’s the only privately owned border crossing between the U.S. and Canada. If you want to take a drive across, make sure you have your passport or you won’t be able to get back into Detroit!

 

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3. Michigan Central Station

Geotag: Michigan Central Station
Hashtag: #MichiganCentralStation

This enormous, rectangular building with many windows stands out in Detroit. It was the former rail depot from 1914 until 1988. It sat empty for years but is now being renovated by Ford. Grab a photo any time of this retired train station or when it’s aglow in multicolored lights.

4. The Heidelberg Project

Geotag: The Heidelberg Project
Hashtag: #HeidelbergProject

An outdoor art environment that’s been a part of Detroit since 1986. Here, art is created from vacant lots, abandoned houses and more. The Heidelberg Project has received national and international attention. There’s a lot to take in and definitely something for your Instagram followers.

 

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5. Comerica Park Tiger

Geotag: Comerica Park
Hashtag: #ComericaPark

Stand under the paw of an enormous tiger that guards the gate at Comerica Park. This 15-foot tall tiger helps to celebrate the other teams in town during the offseason. Take a stroll around the park and see if you can find all nine of the tiger statues in and around the park. It’s thought that the nine tigers might represent the nine players on the field at one time.

 

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6. The Guardian Building

Geotag: Guardian Building
Hashtag: #GuardianBuilding

The outside is known for its orange-colored bricks, and the ceiling on the first floor will take your breath away. Nicknamed the “Cathedral of Finance,” it’s not what one would expect from a 1920s finance building. Described as, “one of the most significant and striking Art Deco skyscrapers in the world,” it’s definitely a top Instagrammable spot in Detroit.

 

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7. The Fisher Building

Geotag: Fisher Building
Hashtag: #FisherBuilding 

This landmark skyscraper is another notable Albert Kahn architecture in Detroit. Step inside to snap a pic under beautiful vaulted ceilings, gilded sculptures and paintings. Take one of the facade that has been a key image of Detroit since the 1920s.

8. RenCen

Geotag: Renaissance Center
Hashtag: #RenCen

The GM Renaissance Center (AKA RenCen) is the world headquarters for General Motors. You can’t miss it in the skyline and when you snap a selfie with it in the background, everyone will know you’re in Detroit.

 

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9. Belle Isle Aquarium

Geotag: Belle Isle Aquarium
Hashtag: #BelleIsleAquarium

The Belle Isle Aquarium is the oldest in the nation. This free attraction is known for the signature green glass tile vaulted ceiling. Most of the architecture has been kept in line with the original design by Albert Kahn completed in 1904.

 

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10. Eastern Market

Geotag: Eastern Market Detroit
Hashtag: #EasternMarketDetroit

The murals around the Eastern Market make for perfectly Insta-worthy shots. Whether you want the photo for the bright colors and beautiful artwork or the specific statement the piece makes, it’s perfect for the feed.

11. The Spirit of Detroit

Geotag: Spirit of Detroit
Hashtag: #SpiritofDetroit

This iconic symbol of Detroit was created in the 1950s and was meant to represent hope, progress and “the spirit of man.” When it was built, it was the largest cast bronze piece made since the Renaissance. If one of Detroit’s teams wins a championship, check in to see if the statue is donning a special jersey.

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Comerica Park
    2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-471-2000Highlight on map | More Details
  2. GM Renaissance Center
    100 GM Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243313-567-3126Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Belle Isle Aquarium
    Belle Isle State Park, 900 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit, MI 48207313-402-0466Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207313-833-9300Highlight on map | More Details