MotorCities National Heritage Area

Vintage Car Map DetroitWhat is a National Heritage Area?
A National Heritage Area can be described as an identified place in the United States that best represents a specific theme and story in American history.

How many National Heritage Areas are there?
There are currently 62 National Heritage Areas in the United States.

What is the MotorCities National Heritage Area?
MotorCities is a nonprofit organization, part of the National Heritage Area System of the National Park Service. We preserve, interpret and promote the region’s rich automotive and labor heritage.

MotorCities National Heritage Area partnership inspires residents and visitors with an appreciation for how the automobile changed Michigan, the nation, and the world. This rich heritage will be a source of pride for our communities and a positive influence on our region’s future.

When was the MotorCities National Heritage Area founded?
MotorCities National Heritage Area was designated by U.S. Congress in 1998 to preserve the cultural and historic landscape associated with the automobile in southeastern Michigan.

What kind of programs does MotorCities National Heritage Area provide?
The programs and activities of the MotorCities National Heritage Area are designed to increase heritage tourism throughout the State of Michigan; develop and deploy educational and informational programs that tell the story of the automobile industry and the labor movement in our region; and encourage revitalization through conservation and preservation.

How large is the MotorCities National Heritage Area?
The regional boundaries cover 10,000 square miles and portions of 16 counties in southeast and central Michigan.

What is in the MotorCities National Heritage Area?
There are hundreds of auto and labor related sites and events in the heritage area. They include museums and historic homes; auto restaurants and shopping; motorsports events; parks, gardens and cemeteries; arts and entertainment venues; libraries and archives; car shows, meets and cruises. It is the largest concentration of auto-related sites in the world.

How can I contact MotorCities National Heritage Area?
2937 E. Grand Blvd.
Detroit MI 48202
Phone: 313.259.3425