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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The intersection of Michigan Ave and Schaefer Road was once known for being an important rest stop for those who were on the road from…
Downtown stores once prospered with a dynamic auto industry encircling the city, but over time the growing use of automobiles made it easier to shop…
This high speed test track was a 2 1/2 mile oval that had 31-degree banked curves which allowed for car to gain speed easily. In…
This station allowed local farmers and merchants to quickly transport their goods in large volumes between Detroit and Lansing. Before the railway, people had to…
Housing was in short supply and threatened the growth of the industry, so to attract and retain labor, General Motors built dormitories and bunkhouses near…
The Proving Grounds was home to the superintendent Charles H. Vincent and his family from 1928 to 1942. Charlie and his wife Lucille raised three…
At the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant there are three words on the front door - Detroit, Handcrafted, Horsepower. The plant was originally built in 1966…
The Wills Sainte Claire Automobile Museum preserves the history of the Willls Sainte Claire Automobile and its founder, C. Harold Wills. The facility features six…
For the Corktown neighborhood, baseball was a blessing that brought millions of people to the streets. As the playing field became a baseball stadium, the…
As electric trolleys and automobiles appeared around the turn of the 20th century the landscape of rural West Bloomfield was being transformed. Several people wer…
Over 500 acres of land at the far end of Deer Lake were once owned by Ford Motor Company. Deer Lake Hills Farm opened in…
Train wrecks were a constant worry in Hamburg Township, though they were not common. Accidents jolted communites around the world as trains became common in…
This road was once called the Grand River Trail that Native Americans followed across Michigan long before European settlement. In the 1850s the trail became…
On November 29, 2003 hundreds of citizens watched the lighting of the new Vehicle City arches along Saginaw Street. The arches are replicas of those…
Come experience how early settlers like John and Marion Turner lived and the role they played in bringing railroads and early plank roads to Lansing.…
With the Canada Southern Railway travelling between Canada and the U.S., officials needed to inspect goods on the trains, and this building housed their operations.
Conditions were ripe for the rise of unionism in the Depression-ravaged 1930s. Ford Motor Company was the last of the "Big Three" to unionize. The…
The world changed in the 20th Century when workers unionized to improve their working conditions, protect their families, and grow the American middle class. Americans…
The former Burroughs Corporation founded in St. Louis in 1886, which is now Unisys, was known for inventing the first practical adding machine. After patenting…
Located on the North Campus of the University of Michigan with its extensive collections of Michigan Research. Included in the holdings is the Lincoln Highway…