Arts and Entertainment
Brick Walker Tavern
The Brick Walker Tavern is one of many roadside attractions dotting the pastoral landscape of the Irish Hills region in south-central Michigan. Once a favorite stop along Michigan's famed U.S. 12, the facility is now a hotel that hosts weddings and other special events.
Fisher Building and Theatre
The Fisher Building stands as one of the most iconic architectural legacies of the city's automotive past. The building, which was refashioned into a theater in 1961, was financed by the sale of Fisher Body to General Motors in 1928. The Fisher family were highly successful innovators in closed body automotive design.
Flint Cultural Center
Many of Flint's important cultural institutions rests on the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center which is home to the Sloan Auto Fair each summer. The campus includes the Sloan-Longway Planetarium and Sloan Museum, the Buick Gallery and Research Center, the Flint Institute of Arts, The Whiting Auditorium, the Flint Youth Theatre, and the Flint Institute of Music.
Ford - Wyoming Drive In Theaters 9
One of the few drive-in movie theaters left in the country, the Ford-Wyoming Theater harkens back to a simpler time and stands as an important piece of the area's roadside culture. The theater features five screens, concessions and in-car heaters during the fall.
Ford Rouge Factory Tour at The Henry Ford
Game-changing technology, sustainable design and sheer American grit meet at Americaâ€™s greatest manufacturing experience. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring scale of the real factory floor where the F-150 is made, and pop the hood on Fordâ€™s rich design and manufacturing history during this one-of-a-kind tour. This is innovation on wheels.
Built in 1928, the Fox Theatre, has played host to some of the biggest names in show business and holds its ground as one of the top-grossing theaters of its size in the nation. The theater is in the epicenter of The District Detroit, 50 blocks of thriving businesses, parks, restaurants, bars and event destinations.
This local institution harkens back to an era when thousands of theatres like this dotted the American landscape. The Michigan was the last and largest theatre built in Jackson in the early 1930s for popular public entertainment of vaudeville and movies.
One of many stops along the U.S. 12 route winding through Michigan's famed Irish Hills region, Mystery Hill is one of the many trick houses popularized along major highways in the 1950s and 1960s. See where water appears to defy the laws of gravity and chairs appear to mysteriously hang from walls.
Stagecoach Shop USA
Visitors traveling along the inspiring U.S. 12 route through Michigan's Irish Hills can experience another great local tradition at the Stagecoach Stop USA. Time turns back to the Wild West at this fun roadside attraction where visitors can pan for gold, try your hand at the shooting gallery and tour the 22-acre property.
Remembering a concept car legend, the Mako Shark II
By Robert Tate, Automotive Historian and Researcher
Images courtesy of Robert Tate's collection/General Motors Archives
When GM first introduced the now iconic show car, the Mako Shark II, its highly innovative styling and design features made a major splash among automotive enthusiasts.