Things to Do in the Motor City During the Detroit Auto Show
The North American International Auto Show feels like the Academy Awards of the auto industry: the excitement, the lights, the jazzed-up displays. The real stars are the cars, and being from the Motor City, we all know Detroit is filled with tons of automotive culture worth exploring. Whether this is your first time at NAIAS or you're a seasoned veteran, guest blogger Danielle Schmidt of Visit Detroit shares some can't-miss sights and things to do in the Motor City.
If you’re a newbie to NAIAS, don’t sweat it; we’ve got a few tips to hand over, so you can focus on finding your new dream ride.
Other Automotive Attractions
This is the actual space where the Model T was dreamt up and built in 1908. It’s a symbol of Detroit’s inventive spirit and its impact on all things automotive. You’ll even see a true recreation of Henry Ford’s office.
3. GM ShowroomInside General Motors’ world headquarters is a 40,000-square-foot display of GM’s latest models and initiatives. Take a complimentary tour of the Renaissance Center while you’re there.
With iconic artifacts including the Rosa Parks bus and the Kennedy Presidential Limousine, this museum is an American gem. Driving America walks you through the evolution of the automobile or catch a film at the IMAX Theatre before taking a shuttle to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, a real-working Ford F-150 factory.
Where to Dine
8. Apparatus Room
Located in the historic Detroit Foundation Hotel, the Apparatus Room has a cozy atmosphere and is easily accessible downtown. Chef Thomas Lents is the first Michelin start chef to join the resurgence of Detroit with small plates and delicious cocktails.
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10. Buddy’s PizzaThis classic spot is a must-see. Detroit-style pizza, a descendent of Sicilian-style pizza, is all about the soft and airy square crust, the crunchy exterior, the caramelized cheese that edges the pizza, all of which are due to the deep pans in which the pizzas are baked. With the bocce ball courts outside and a bar area lined with pictures of Tigers legends, Buddy’s is a landmark worthy of its reputation.
Where to Stay
The Inn of Ferry Street allows guests to choose from not one, but four restored Victorian homes and two carriage houses on one of the most historic streets downtown. They provide breakfast and a shuttle to help visitors around town.
About the Author: Danielle Schmidt is the Marketing Specialist (aka storyteller) for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. She writes and edits for the Visit Detroit Blog, Visit Detroit magazine.