With an estimated 500 vehicles on display, the 27th annual NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) is expected to draw crowds of more than 800,000 over the next several days. In fact, Lear is proud to be represented in 34 new vehicle debuts at this year’s show!
Those who have come to town may be wondering if there’s anything else to do around here, outside of the main event. Despite the frigid winter weather, visitors will find that Detroit has lots to offer auto enthusiasts—this is the Motor City after all.
As car lovers ourselves, with corporate headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan (just outside of Detroit), the Lear team thought we’d share our recommendations for other must-see local auto-themed attractions. Enjoy your time in the D!
1. The Henry Ford and Ford Rouge Factory
Located in Dearborn, the Henry Ford holds one of the finest automotive history collections in the country, featuring almost 300 vehicles and an extensive collection of automotive product literature. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, located within the museum, offers a five-part experience that includes watching the assembly of the Ford F-150 truck from an elevated walkway.
Learn more at http://www.thehenryford.org
2. Automotive Hall of Fame
Next door to the Henry Ford is the Automotive Hall of Fame, honoring the men and women whose automotive innovations changed the world and revolutionized our way of life. Features include a 65-foot-long mural celebrating the impact of the motor vehicle on the world’s culture and a full-size replica of the world’s first gasoline-powered automobile.
Learn more at http://www.automotivehalloffame.org
3. GM Renaissance Center and Showroom Tour
Visitors will be guided through Detroit’s landmark GM Renaissance Center on a tour outlining the rich history that General Motors shares with the city of Detroit. The popular GM Showroom is a 40,000 square-foot display space offering an exciting, interactive look at GM’s Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC brands.
Learn more at http://gmrencen.com/happening/tourrencen.axis
4. Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
The recently restored Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit’s mid-town area was built in 1904 and is the first manufacturing facility owned by Ford Motor Company. Visitors will enjoy touring this birthplace of the historic Model T and the manufacturing site for earlier Ford “Alphabet cars.”
Learn more at http://fordpiquetteavenueplant.org
5. Detroit Historical Museum
The Detroit Historical Museum’s signature exhibition “America’s Motor City” tells the fascinating stories of how cars built metro Detroit and how metro Detroit built cars, as well as why Detroit became the Motor City. This new exhibit incorporates the popular “Automotive Showplace,” featuring cars from the museum’s collection.
Learn more at http://detroithistorical.org
6. “Detroit Industry” at the Detroit Institute of Arts
The famed “Detroit Industry” fresco cycle is located inside the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The twenty-seven panel work depicting an automobile assembly line was conceived by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera as a tribute to the city’s manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. It is considered the finest example of Mexican mural art in the United States, and the artist thought it the best work of his career.
Learn more at http://www.dia.org
7. Vinsetta Garage
All of this sightseeing will probably work up your appetite. In that case, visit the popular Vinsetta Garage, located on historic Woodward Avenue in the city of Berkley, just outside of Detroit. The restaurant is a local favorite housed inside of a converted garage, said to be the oldest service station east of the Mississippi. Be sure to try one of their mouth-watering burgers, the famous mac & cheese or a coal-fired pizza.
Learn more at http://vinsettagarage.com
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