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Backseat Detroit, Detroit

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My name is Joseph C. Krause, founder of Backseat Detroit Tours. We offer two types, the “Backseat Driver” and the “Time Travel” tours of Detroit With the “Backseat Driver” tours you drive your own vehicle, and I hop in and guide you through The Motor City. Each 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.

The “Detroit Time Travel Tour” is a two-hour walking tour of Downtown Detroit, augmented by a slideshow of historic images and future possibilities, displayed at the corresponding locations. Detroit Time Travel Tour gives visitors an orientation and locals insight into a city that has been concealed by Today.

The bad things you’ve heard? They’re often true. But the good things you haven’t heard are also true.

Please visit our website to confirm your desired booking time.

More about me? Well, I’ve been introducing people to Detroit for a decade. I grew up in the suburbs and moved to the city after developing an obsession with it while attending Wayne State University. There I studied Media, which lead me to work in film and music production. In addition to working on Hollywood productions, which itself involved plenty of backseat-driver tours, I worked on small scale films and videos including a documentary on the city. The character of that work carried over into my tenure as one of Detroit’s top hosts on Airbnb at "The Bumblebee House", where I have so far hosted over 100 travelers. I also help people to “live, work and engage” in Detroit as a tour guide for Detroit Experience Factory, Detroit’s welcome center. This all runs parallel to directing the music collective Zelda and the Unibrows, which I co-founded in 1997.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Great Detroit tour. Very knowledgeable. Our guide clearly loved the city and was happy to share it with us.
  • Joe gave us a tour not only through the city streets but Detroit's history, facts, architecture, and so much more. Incredibly articulate, incredibly intelligent, and someone you could just sit and spend time with. Would recommend to anyone from Detroit or otherwise for an opportunity to open your mind to the background knowledge that you never knew. Fantastic tour!

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