Photo courtesy of GM Ren Cen (Facebook)

Exploring the GM Renaissance Center

When you think of iconic pictures of Detroit, chances are the images that come to mind include the GM Renaissance Center. This skyscraper is one of the most recognizable buildings in the Detroit skyline, yet not many people know just how much you can find inside this great building.

Besides being the world headquarters of General Motors, the Renaissance Center’s seven towers are home to a variety of offices, retail shops, restaurants, and much more — heck, there’s even a movie theater and two foreign consulates in this place.

Located in the heart of downtown Detroit, the Renaissance Center is a must-see for both visitors and residents of the city. I had the chance to attend a (free!) guided tour of the building last week and it was very cool. I actually worked in the RenCen for almost three years and I learned more during our brief tour than I did while working there.

The GM Renaissance Center offers free guided tours Monday-Friday.

For example, did you know the Renaissance Center is bigger than Rockefeller Center? — Take that New York! Did you know the building is home to the tallest vertical glass sculpture in the world? And where else can you see 40+ foot live palm trees in Detroit?

I recommend heading over to the Ren Cen for a visit any day of the week. Whether you plan to get some shopping done, catch the latest box office hit, indulge in a great meal (sushi at Joe Muer anyone?) or just explore, you wont regret it. Check out a list of building amenities here. The RenCen is just a few short Peoplemover stops from Broderick Tower.

The GM Renaissance Center offers free tours beginning at noon and 2 p.m. Monday-Friday, starting at the Pure Detroit Shop located on Level 1 in Tower 400. For more information click here.

Have you recently visited the RenCen? What’s your favorite shop or restaurant there? Let us know your tips in the comments.


*Photo credit: GM Ren Cen Facebook

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