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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Genevieve Gillette made it her life's work to perserve precious natural settings and make them available to the traveling public. She established important conservation groups,…
Tinkerers were known to work on their own automobiles during their spare time in barns and workshops across the state. Judge Charles Wisner and Doctor…
Visit the 90-acre, historic campus of the Gilmore Car Museum, located in bucolic Hickory Corners just 17 miles northeast of Kalamazoo, to experience a wealth…
Founded in 1857, this cemetery features meandering roadways where you may visit the graves of several automotive moguls including Charles S. Mott, James S. Whiting,…
A trip to Detroit is not complete without visiting one of Michigan’s most famous landmarks- the GM Renaissance Center. The GM Renaissance Center is the…
Milford held the key for new automobiles being tested in the countryside. General Motors first dedicated proving ground was on 1,125 acres of farmland that…
The first segment of Grand River Avenue was cut through the landscape in the 1830s from Detroit to Brighton. Several of Novi's early settlers were…
An exodus of people left southern America for the north in the early 20th Century, attracted by the expolsive growth in the automobile industry. Pontiac…
In the early 20th Century due to the explosive growth of the automobile industry, and workers were desperately needed in Pontiac. More and more southerners…
Step foot in the lab where Thomas Edison had his lightbulb moment. The Bagley Avenue shed re-created by Henry Ford to share the story of…
Stroll through Livonia history and imagine life displayed in over 20 buildings dating back more than 150 years. The historical village located on the grounds…
The Gunsolly Carding Mill operated from 1851 to 1890 using the Rouge River as it's source of power to produce and untangle wool for spinning…
This local eatery will always treat you to a “welcome” at the door. For over 140 years, Haab’s has served Michigan Ave in Ypsilanti.
After the nearby Dodge plant opened in 1914, the small village of 3,500 people ended up growing into a city of 56,000 people by 1930.…
Hart Plaza is an outdoor, urban recreation area on the Detroit River Front featuring the iconic 'Transcending' monument dedicated to the labor movement and strength…
This barn was built in the early 1930's but was partially blown down by high winds in 2008. It served as the center piece of…
The Carriage House was meant to host Ford's chauffeur and the family vehicles, but the chauffeur moved into the Lodge. The Carriage House became a…
The Gatehouse was the formal entryway to the 2,422 acre Haven Hill Estate. The Gatehouse was security for the Fords and their guest when visitng…
Edsel Ford had several relationships with leaders from around the world. He would invite them to his wooded hilltop refuge. From movie stars to famous…
This hilltop lodge is 6,900 square feet where guests of Fords enjoyed a swimming pool, tennis courts, motorized toboggan run, and spectacular view of the…