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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US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan has been a legendary quarter-mile dragstrip since its construction in 1962. Originally known as Martin Dragway, the track…
Rigorous testing and refinement of design, engineering and build processes are needed before going to full production since difficulty in making changes multiplies as mass…
Before the Packard Motor Company purchased this land during the 1920's and the almost full sqaure mile of land was wide open space. The site…
In 1899, the city decided to replace the gas lamps in downtown Flint with electic lights mounted on five steel arches. The steel arches spanned…
This village only sustained a life of four years as it was formed and vanished in bold moves for control of the growing industrial landscape…
With the trolleys making it easy to travel through the lakes of Oakland County, people got off or waited at platforms built by the Detroit…
At this location, the Detroit United Railway (DUR) built a "wye" which was a Y-shaped track that allowed trolley cars to turn around and go…
At the intersection of the Old Chicago Road and the Monroe Pike (now US 12 and M-50, Walker Tavern was a bustling stagecoach stop during…
The word "casino" originally meant a large building for civic or entertainment activities, and early automobiles allowed city dwellers to explore this distant pleasure, built…
Dedicated to preserve the many faces of Labor and Urban Affairs is this multifaceted collection located on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit.…
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…
Weekend racers and fans alike find plenty to cheer for at this all volunteer-run track where left isn't the only direction of the day! This…
The village of Waterford was Henry Ford's sixth "village industry" in 1925. The Waterford Mill produced small automobile parts for Ford Motor Company. In 1923,…
During 1888, Prouty & Glass begain to build carriages and sleighs but unfortunatly could not survive the automobile industry with the invention of the automobile…
Gross Ile was only accessible from the mainland only by boats until this bridge was built around 1871. This bridge is often called the "Free…
From this building, many industries put people in motion. The first was Harroun Motor Car Company, which built more than 3,000 vehicles here from 1915…
"The Corner" was an intersection of people who came for jobs offered by the explosive growth of Pontiac's automobile industry. The mostly-rural Southerners settled near…
When the auto industry started booming in cities, so did the population in the surrounding areas. The Espanore and Westmoreland subdivisions targeted professionals and managers…
The Chicago Road was the way to go west from Detroit. It became known as Michigan Avenue, starting in Detroit and becoming the main street…
The Whaley House Museum preserves the story of Flint during the late-1800s and early-1900s as the city transitioned from a small carriage building town to…