Detroit is a bustling metropolis located in the US state of Michigan. Even though there are many things that you can do during your time there, Detroit is best known for its automobile legacy. In fact, Detroit was where the automobile was invented in the early 20th century. As a result of the auto heritage, there are a few things to do in Detroit, Michigan that honors the city’s legacy as the birthplace of the automobile.
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is located on Piquette Street in Detroit. This is the birthplace of the automobile. The plant was used by automobile inventor Henry Ford to build the first automobile that was widely available to the public. The first automobile was produced at this plant in 1908. The first automobile was called the Ford Model T which was credited with pushing the mass use of automobiles.
This plant now function as a museum. The building itself still look the same as it did during the Ford Model T days. This is a three-story New England-style mill building with the same metal fire doors. The plank floors are the same as the ones used to assemble the Ford Model T automobiles. The assembling of those automobiles has left a mark on these floors.
During your visit to the museum, you can check out the room, housed inside the building, that Henry Ford used for his office. There are exhibits that focus on the beginnings of the automobile. There are rare cars from the first decade of the 20th century inside the museum. You can view these cars during your visit to the museum and learn about their fates.
The admission prices to the museum are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, veterans, and students, and $5 for those aged 5 to 17. Free admission is given to these aged 4 and under.
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is located on Oakwood Blvd in Dearborn which neighbors Detroit to the west. This museum isn’t necessarily focused on the cars alone, but there are plenty of things at the museum that will appeal to auto enthusiasts. There is a large collection of iconic cars, racing cars, and presidential limos from across the history available at the museum for you to check out.
You can learn about how the automobiles have evolved over many decades from the overall look of the automobiles to the safety features used in them. There are also demonstrations of how a Ford Model T car was built, at the museum. There are a few exhibits that you may want to spend the most time with.
They are Driven to Win: Racing in America, Made in America: Manufacturing, Driving America, and Presidential Vehicles. The admission prices to the museum are $25 for general admission, $22.50 for seniors, and $18.75 for these aged 5 to 11. You can buy the tickets by going here.
Automotive Hall of Fame
The Automotive Hall of Fame is located right next to the Henry Ford Museum for American Innovation in Dearborn. This museum is dedicated to honoring the men and women who have made notable achievements in the world of automobiles. There are currently over 800 honorees showcased at the museum.
A few of the types of hall of fame inductees include auto racers, engineers, dealers, inventors, and union officials. There are four types of awards given at this museum. They are Inductees, Industry Leader of the Year, Distinguished Service Citation, and Young Leaders & Excellence.
In addition to learning about the inductees and honorees, you will also learn about the contributions that automobiles have made to people’s lives. There are also over 200 iconic cars on display at the museum for you to check out. There is also a design showroom. You will also want to check out the 11-foot high and 65-foot long mural with over 90 paintings depicting the interactions between people and automobiles.
The admission prices to the museum are $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $4 for those aged 5 to 12. Those aged 4 and under will get free admission.
GM World is located on Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. This is a gorgeous showroom that fills five floors with showcases of the latest cars from General Motors. Also, throughout the year, there will be a rotating showcase of cars according to the car theme. As of right now, the theme is Eight Generations of Corvette. There are currently eight Corvette cars showcased during this theme.
These are the few things to do in Detroit, Michigan if you are fascinated with the world of cars. There is a good reason why Detroit is nicknamed the Motor City. This serves as a reminder of the city’s storied history with automobiles.
Hotels to Stay At
Are you looking for a hotel to stay overnight at during your visit to Detroit? If so, I am here to help you sort this out. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you to book with.
Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
This hotel is located on Park Avenue in downtown Detroit. This hotel is housed within the gorgeous David Whitney Building which had been restored to its origins. There is complimentary coffee offered at the hotel. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. A few of them include Wright & Company, Lafayette Coney Island, and Michael Symon’s Roast.
There is an onsite bar, called W XYZ, with billiard tables. There is a 24-hour fitness center available for you to use. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites have 9-foot ceilings and chic decor. There are sweeping views of Detroit offered from the rooms and suites at this hotel. There are luxurious beddings for you to sleep on in the rooms and suites.
WiFi, mini refrigerators, coffee makers, and bottled water are also offered in all the hotel’s rooms and suites. The average rate for a standard room range from $180 to $402. Feel free to go here if you are interested in exploring your booking options and/or viewing some photos.
Doubletree by Hilton Detroit-Dearborn
This hotel is located on Southfield Expressway in Detroit. When you first arrive at the hotel, you will be greeted with a chocolate chip cookie from a member of the hotel’s staff. There is an onsite restaurant called Grill39. The hotel also has a bar onsite. There is an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center at the hotel. This hotel also has not just one, but two hot tubs for you to soak into.
The hotel’s rooms offer WiFi, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers while the suites also offer living rooms and wet bars. The average rate for a standard room range from $128 to $192. You can head here to book your stay and/or view some photos.
What are your thoughts? Are you a car enthusiast looking to check out these attractions in Detroit? Feel free to drop a comment below.