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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After leaving the Oldsmobile company, Ransom E. Olds decided to form a new company around his initials "Reo". Several workers migrated toward this new company…
Radio has a strong tradition in Dearborn, from early Detroit Symphony Orchestra broadcasts sponsored by Henry Ford on WWJ AM to the "Early American Dance…
At 1560 East Milwaukee is a small factory complex that also faces on Orleans and Lyman Place. Richards Brothers operated this sheet metal shop that…
This comfort station was one of the very first buildings we have come to know as rest stops. Wayne County was one of the first…
The Museum is the primary site for learning about and preserving the history of the greater Rochester area in Oakland County, Michigan, as a representative…
Along Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Park, stone and metal fencing is a last trace of the Rose Terrace estate of Horace and Anna…
The Roush Automotive Collection is a 30,000 square-foot, private facility. Housed within the collection are a wide variety of displays, multi-media exhibits, artifacts, memorabilia and…
Founded in 1913, the Road Commission for Oakland County does it all from managing traffic to maintaining roads and bridges throughout the county. Since then,…
Another piece of Henry Ford's Village Industries, the former grist mill was bought by the auto mogul in the 1920s and quickly rebuilt with a…
Early 1700s French settlers decided to establish a shipyard on the Rouge River at Baby Creek. Later on in history, Ford built anti-submarine patrol boats…
Albert Champion arrived in America in 1899, traveling from Paris to race bicycles but later started manufacturing spark plugs in Boston. Billy Durant convinced Mr.…
Since 1958, this paved quarter-mile track has been a driver and fan favorite spot for short track racing. Summer Friday nights sizzle as local drivers…
Located on U.S. 12 west of the Irish Hills Towers, this historic structure was built by Irish pioneers as a missionary church in the 1850s.…
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…
The Stahls Automotive Foundation and museum facility is a private collection dedicated to the preservation and restoration of vintage vehicles. A visit to the Stahls…
At 38111 Van Dyke in Sterling Heights, north of Detroit, is the FCA Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. Built in 1953 for the United States military…
The result of sediment taken from the bottom of the Detroit River to create room for large freighters, this area once marked the busiest waterway…
Studebaker became one of the largest automakers in the world, along with Ford, after it started purchasing manufacturing plants in Detroit. The plant was built in…
At the corner of Brush and Piquette, a Veterans Administration building occupies part of the site of the old Studebaker Plant that burned down in…
This short-lived inn housed visitors along the Sylvan Lake resort run by Merrill B. Mills. A decade after opening, the inn burned to the ground.