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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Pontiac was one of Michigan's first cities to develop outside of Detroit however fire consumed much of its core in 1840. The downtown was rebuilt…
Before the Toll Bridge opened in 1913, transportation to and from Grosse Ile occurred only by boat or by train across the Michigan Central rail…
The Owosso Speedway is one of several half-mile oval tracks that celebrate Michigan's motor sports heritage. Located halfway between Flint and Lansing, the speedway hosts…
The Packard Motor Car Company sold the most luxury cars between 1925 and 1942 with the tombstone-shaped grill as their company's trademark. Packard is remembered…
Witness the site of Michigan’s first airport. After serving as a testing ground for military and personal aircraft, people often visited for exciting air shows…
On East Grand Boulevard on the east side of Detroit are the massive remains of the Packard Plant. Designed by architect Albert Khan and opening…
From 1928 to 1956, the Packard Motor Car Company tested and developed new vehicles at the Proving Grounds. Architect Albert Kahn designed the Lodge and…
After Packard answered the call during World War I to produce thousands of trucks and liberty aircraft engines, the World again turned to the company…
Before automobiles, a major industry in Milwaukee Junction was the production of railroad freight cars. In 1884, Peninsular Car Company built railcar manufacturing shops on…
Bought by Henry Ford in 1919 and then rebuilt by Albert Kahn by 1921, the Pheonix Mill opened for production the following year in 1922.…
Bought by Henry Ford in 1919 and then rebuilt by Albert Kahn by 1921, the Pheonix Mill opened for production the following year in 1922.…
Automobiles were gaining ground, and enthusiasts began looking for a place to gather. The Automobile Club of Detroit was established in 1902 for this very…
The Pine Lake Country Club began as a treasured restic destination for Automobile Club of Detroit road tours in the early 1900s. By 1910, several…
This distinctive neighborhood was born in 1919 and 1920. In those years, Henry Ford built 156 homes for sale to his Dearborn Fordson Tractor Plant…
The Plymouth Historical Museum preserves community history including that of a little-known, early 20th century automobile company called Alter. The Alter Motor Car Co. produced…
Between the years of 1984 and 1988, this was the only place in the world where the Fiero was built. It was the first two-seat…
The three letters stand for "Gran Turismo Omologato." In 1963 Pontiac Cheif Engineer John Z. DeLorean's team developed this high-performance model based on the upscale…
The Pontiac line confronted an uncertian future with new ideas. Pontiac invested heavily in engineering and auto racing in the 1950s, while in the 1960s…
By 1907, 77 percent of Pontiac's manufacturing workforce was producing vehicles. By 1910 General Motors had become the dominant employer here and remained such for…
Pontiac was the world's capital of coach manufacturing and United Automobile Workers Local 594 was the largest truck and coach union local in the world.…