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Grosse Pointe in AutumnGrosse Pointe & Nautical Mile Driving Tour


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The Grosse Pointe & Nautical Mile Driving Tour takes you up the beautiful shoreline of Lake St. Clair and through some of Metro Detroit's most exclusive suburbs (the same ones chronicled in the 1997 movie Grosse Pointe Blank starring John Cusack).  Known for decades not only for their wealth but also for their exclusivity, the Grosse Pointes provide residents with use of a number of private waterfront parks and are home to one of the country's finest yacht clubs.  Further north is the Nautical Mile with the largest concentration of boats in the Midwest.  The tour can easily be completed in 3 to 4 hours depending on how long you spend in each location and whether you opt for a tour of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House (recommended!) which could add to the time.


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Lake Shore Road -- Grosse Pointe Board of RealtorsLake Shore Drive [A]

Jefferson Avenue between Fisher and Nine Mile Roads along the shore of Lake St. Clair


Heading north out of Detroit, the scenery changes dramatically as Jefferson Avenue enters the Grosse Pointes which consists of five communities -- Grosse Pointe Park, the City of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Point Farms, Grosse Pointe Shores, and Grosse Pointe Woods.  After Fisher Road, Jefferson transitions into Lake Shore Drive, a spectacular stretch flanked on one side by majestic Lake St. Clair and on the other by sprawling mansions, estates, and immaculately kept neighborhoods.


gpyc1Grosse Pointe Yacht Club [B]

788 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores



Towards the north end of Lake Shore Drive you will find the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.  This is one of the country's premier yacht clubs and has roots dating back to 1914.  Note the unique 18th century Itailian Renaissance design and a 187 foot bell tower that serves as a navigational aid to Lake St. Clair boaters.


image003Edsel & Eleanor Ford House [C]

1100 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Shores



The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is the former private residence of Henry and Clara Ford's only child, Edsel, his wife Eleanor, and their children.  Open to the public since 1978, the home sits on 87 lakefront acres and maintains a collection of original antiques and art.  Public tours are available most days.


stclairshores1The Nautical Mile [D]

Jefferson Avenue between 9 and 10 1/2 Mile Roads in St. Clair Shores



While there is no denying the beauty of the Grosse Pointe area, it is not known as an entertainment destination -- and its residents like it that way.  If  action is more your style, you will find a bit more of it along the Nautical Mile, located in St. Clair Shores on Jefferson between 9 and 10 1/2 Mile Roads.  The Nautical Mile is the hub of Metro Detroit boating and boasts the largest concentration of boats in the Midwest.  Here you will also find a number of dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

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Number of Destinations:  4

Overall Tour Time:  1/2 day (allow 1 day if touring Edsel & Eleanor Ford House)


Grosse Pointe and Nautical Mile





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City of Grosse Pointe Park

City of Grosse Pointe

City of Grosse Pointe Farms

Village of Grosse Pointe Shores

City of Grosse Pointe Woods

City of St. Clair Shores

Grosse Pointe War Memorial



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