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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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.
David Buick came to Detroit from Scotland when he was two years old. Almost 50 years later, Buick organized one of the oldest car companies…
Celebrate 300 years of history! Trace how Detroit workers moved from "Frontiers to Factories." Stroll through the "Streets of Old Detroit." Take an up close…
Did you know Edsel Ford personally paid the salaries of this museum's workers to keep its doors open during the Great Depression He also commissioned…
The Detroit Public Library is home to the National Automotive History Collection: The world's largest automotive archive in the heart of the Motor City. Invaluable collections…
The Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts is a powerful interpretation of the area's auto and labor history completed using 27 fresco…
Visit the lakes that once offered a haven for many in the 1800s trying to break away from city life. Even as West Bloomfield modernized,…
For 36 years, the Gratiot Drive-In entertained visitors with movies, Fourth of July fireworks and even a waterfall facing the drive-in entrance. The drive-in no…
The Rapid Rail System was just part of the nearly 600-mile long Detroit United Railway, stretching from Detroit to Mt. Clemens until 1930.
Automobile and truck manufacturing in Lansing did not stop with the early small companies and the giants of Oldsmobile and REO. In addition to all…
William C. Durant was one of Michigan's most important industrialists and the founder of the General Motors Corporation. In 1919 Durant purchased this three-acre city…
The Durant-Dort Carriage Company building along with the Durant-Dort Office Building, right across the street, serves as the historical epicenter of the General Motors empire.…
The Durant-Dort Office Building on Water Street in Flint, MI, is the birthplace of General Motors and iconic automotive brands such as Buick and Chevrolet.…
Visit the graves of many important figures from Detroit's automotive past and more in one of the city's oldest cemeteries. Grave sites include automotive pioneers,…
Unwind to the soothing sounds of Lake Saint Clair and the birds chipping overhead as you tour the estate's forested bird sanctuary.  As you make…
Visit Edsel & Eleanor Ford's family estate on Haven Hill, located within the Highland State Recreation area. Edsel Ford broke ground on the estate in…
The sweet scent of fresh wood shavings, clop-clopping of horse hooves, warm cornbread muffins melting in your mouth:  the Ella Sharp Museum will take you…