The QLine is a circulating streetcar running 3.3 miles up and down Detroit’s Woodward Avenue. Many of the city’s main downtown attractions, museums, architectural gems, restaurants and shops can be found at every stop.
Here’s a quick guide to some of the sights to enjoy from the QLine’s dozen stations.
Grand Boulevard Station
See the Fisher Building and Albert Kahn’s architectural genius at Cadillac Place. Head east on the boulevard and search out the building painted with a splash of pastel called the Illuminated Mural. Plus, the Motown Museum is just a mile away.
Amsterdam Street Station
Get off here and a few blocks away you’ll find yourself at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, the birthplace of the Ford Model T.
Ferry Street + Warren Avenue Stations
Categorized as Detroit’s Cultural District stations, these stops put you a short distance from the Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Historical Museum as well as the city’s public library, museum of African-American history and science center. This is Wayne State University country.
DID YOU KNOW? / The QLine runs through Detroit’s downtown, Midtown and New Center areas, and the North End.
Canfield Street Station
Detroit-centric shops, such as luxury goods manufacturer Shinola, are located near here as is the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (aka MOCAD). The sprawling Majestic Theatre is close by (home to Garden Bowl, the oldest continuously operating bowling alley in the country). You’ll also find breweries such as HopCat and Jolly Pumpkin, as well as Detroit’s famously yummy Avalon International Breads.
MLK Boulevard/Mack Avenue Station
Another stop in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood. From here, it’s easy to get to the Bonstelle and Garden theaters as well as the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Detroit’s Whole Foods Market is in the vicinity.
Sproat Street/Adelaide Street Station
The District Detroit and its centerpiece Little Caesars Arena, where the Detroit Pistons now play basketball and Detroit Red Wings play hockey, is easily accessible from this station.
Montcalm Street Station
Fans of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions are also fans of this stop since it’s so close to Comerica Park and Ford Field. Fox Theatre ticket holders like this station, too. Also nearby is Hockeytown Café, a sports fan’s nirvana.
TIP: From the Montcalm Street Station and Grand Circus Station, it’s an easy hop to the Detroit People Mover, an elevated light-rail system that can take you to other downtown locations away from Woodward Avenue.
Grand Circus Station
The stadiums for the Detroit Tigers and Lions are nearby, along with a mix of recreation and music-lover venues, including the Detroit Opera House. Grand Circus Park – be sure to admire the park’s sculptures, fountains and monuments – is this station’s namesake for obvious reasons.
Campus Martius Station
This stop gets you to downtown’s centerpiece: Campus Martius Park. Plus, some of the best shopping along Woodward Avenue is close by, including the multilevel Nike Community Store. You’ve also got a short walk to Hard Rock Cafe and Detroit’s infamous battling Coney Islands, American and Lafayette.
TIP: Through Sept. 4, 2017, it’s free to ride the QLine. After that, you can purchase single, day, monthly or annual passes, ranging from $1.50 to $285.
Congress Street Station
The station closest to the Detroit riverfront. Walk on over to Hart Plaza, and then make your way to the International RiverWalk. Nearby are the Joe Louis fist and Spirit of Detroit statues as well as architecturally significant buildings, including the Guardian and Penobscot buildings as well as Minoru Yamasaki’s One Woodward Avenue.