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Cranbrook_sch_boysBloomfield Hills, Cranbrook, & the Village of Franklin


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Venture into the magnificent communities of Bloomfield Hills and Franklin for an experience unique to the region.   Visits to Cranbrook, a world-renowned cultural mecca, and the Village of Franklin, a well-preserved historic district, may altogether change your view of life in the Detroit area.  Be sure to bring your camera and capture the stunning views you will encounter.


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4HX0J0CACS42HJBloomfield Hills

Bounded generally by Inkster, South Boulevard, Adams, and 14-Mile Road



This northern suburb is not only one of most beautiful residential areas in all of Southeastern Michigan, but one of the wealthiest in the nation.  Many of the region's most successful entrepreneurs and top corporate executives live in this picturesque community of winding roads, rolling hills, and tranquil lakes.  The journey here is not too shabby either.  Tour-goers make their way up Evergreen Road through charming Beverly Hills and past the Lincoln Hills and Birmingham Country Club golf courses.  At this point, Evergreen becomes Cranbrook Road, and the scenery and real estate both become progressively more stately.  North of Quarton, the road narrows and carves its way through lush foliage along the eastern edge of the Cranbrook campus.  At Woodward, a quick U-turn puts you at the main entrance to Cranbrook.






39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills



Cranbrook is an internationally acclaimed center of education, art, and science founded in 1904 by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth and named a National Historic Monument in 1989.  Wolf Von Eckhardt, former architecture critic for the Washington Post, once called Cranbrook the "most enchanted and enchanting setting in America."  The 319-acre campus is comprised of a graduate Academy of Art, Contemporary Art Museum, historic house, expansive gardens, Natural History Museum, Institute of Science, and pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory schools.  The Art Museum houses the work of world-renowned architects and sculptors and the Insitute of Science features eleven permanent galleries, a state-of-the-art planetarium and observatory, and an outdoor science garden with nature trails.  A highly inspirational and scenic destination!


74910_200Village of Franklin

Intersection of 14-Mile and Franklin Roads



The Village of Franklin is aptly nicknamed "The Town That Time Forgot."  Tucked away in a wooded valley along a small northern tributary of the Rouge River, Franklin has maintained much of the historic appearance and feel of an early Michigan village despite its suburban location.  Although relatively small in size, history is abundant here.  Franklin was founded in 1824 and was one of the first registered Historical Districts in the State of Michigan.  Today, the Village is best known for the Franklin Cider Mill, drawing locals in droves to its creek side setting from late summer through Thanksgiving.  Keep an eye out for the mill coming down the hill on the right hand side just before 14 Mile Road.


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Number of Destinations:  3

Overall Tour Time:  1 day (assumes extended stops at Cranbrook and Frankilin)






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