MotorCities National Heritage Area
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Welcome to MotorCities National Heritage Area (MotorCities), where you can Experience Everything Automotive! We invite you to join us as we take a drive down memory lane, gaze into the future and share with you an amazing automotive journey.

Pull out a calendar, road map and pen, and let the fun begin! We invite you to browse the many wonderful automotive museums, homes and gardens, tours and sporting events located in MotorCities and plot your path through the heart of the American automotive industry. If you need help, we're ready to jump in! Whether your visit lasts a few hours or a few days, you are guaranteed an exciting variety of places to see and things to do.

With over 100 sites and experiences waiting to be explored, go ahead and choose your category of interest - and get ready to Experience Everything Automotive!

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This local institution harkens back to an era when thousands of theatres like this dotted the American landscape. The Michigan was the last and largest…
Founded in 1963, the Milan Dragway is a half-mile IHRA sanctioned straight drag strip and home to many heart-pounding racing events.
The Pettibone Creek Hydroelectric Station was built in 1938-39 to bring the power of water to Ford's Carburetor Plant, which is no longer standing. Here…
The strategic Detroit Arsenal at Dearbornville offered easy access to Detroit and to military objectives by land and water. The buildings were sold and closed…
Various railroads joined at this junction, built in the 1890s to encourage industrial development. Several auto companies set up factories near the Milwaukee Junction, earning…
Affordability and reliability – these were the criteria set by Henry Ford when he began working on an entirely new vehicle. Beginning with the Model…
The Model T was born here, inside the Piquette Avenue Plant. This 400-foot long building housed many different Ford Model makes, including the Model T’s…
In the mid-1920s, the Wilson Foundry & Machine Company on the south side of Pontiac was the largest automotive foundry in the world. To meet…
The only museum in Michigan dedicated to the story of organized labor, this facility features a number of great exhibits commemorating the persaverance of the…
The iconic Motown Historical Museum - also known as Hitsville, U.S.A. - preserves a truly golden era in music and stands as one of Detroit's…
As the population grew from the auto industry there was no space to honor the dead in Detroit. Large new cemeteries were established in quiet…
This 80-acre cemetery opened in 1874, and became the final resting place of Ransom Eli Olds in 1950. Olds founded Oldsmobile, manufacturer of the first…
The Murray Body Corporation Plant, at 1600 Clay in Detroit, is now the Russell Industrial Center, a block of buildings with working spaces for artists,…
One of many stops along the U.S. 12 route winding through Michigan's famed Irish Hills region, Mystery Hill is one of the many trick houses…
This home was not far from Nankin Mills that families who owned and operated the mill had a short walk to work. The milling families…
When Henry Ford was young, he visited Nankin Mills and was amazed by the use of water power. When he grew older Ford decided to…
Nankin MIlls Interpretive Center was orginally a grist mill built in 1842 to serve farmers who lived in the Western Wayne County area. In the…
During the start of the automobile industry, several automotive pioneers and leaders were just begining their innovative process in Flint's industry. Two of the most…
R. E. Olds' industrial reach in the Lansing area did not stop with the manufacture of automobiles. With the incorporation in 1903 of National Coil…
There has always been a lot to stop for here. In the 1800s, the Six Mile Inn was a rural rest stop here along the…