Enjoy Metro Detroit's Automotive Attractions While Visiting NAIAS

14 January 2000

Enjoy Metro Detroit's Automotive Attractions While Visiting The 2000 North American International Auto Show
    DETROIT, Jan. 14 -- Visitors to Detroit's 2000 North American
International Auto Show can enjoy a Motor City-themed weekend by including
many attractions that showcase the area's automotive heritage in their
itinerary.  The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau provides
directions, hours, admission prices and other helpful information at
http://www.visitdetroit.com or call 800-DETROIT.
    Start where the innovation and creation began, by touring one of the four
historic auto baron homes located in metro Detroit.  History comes alive as
you walk through Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Fisher Mansion, Henry Ford Estate
and Meadow Brook Hall.  Learn what drew these pioneers to the area, and see
precious artifacts the families collected while they lived in the homes.
    Don't forget Dearborn, which is home to several automotive attractions.
    Everyone will enjoy Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village.  As the most
visited indoor/outdoor historical complex in North America, auto enthusiasts
will be amazed at the unique collections highlighting transportation,
including the 60,000 square foot permanent exhibit, "The Automobile in
American Life."
    Across the street is Spirit of Ford, operated by Ford Motor Company, where
kids of all ages will enjoy exhibits that are fun and interactive.  Concept
cars are displayed in the lobby, along with exhibits that include a Virtual
Manufacturing Turbo-Tour, design studio, a Nascar pit crew challenge, Spirit
of Ford theater and much more.
    In 1999, DaimlerChrysler opened the Walter P. Chrysler Museum at its North
American headquarters in Auburn Hills.  The three-story structure houses
exhibits that showcase the 75-year history of Chrysler including several of
the automaker's cars, artifacts and company documents.
    General Motors continues to make its mark with the recent unveiling of GM
World at their Renaissance Center World Headquarters.  All exhibits feature
the various automobiles manufactured by the company set in interactive
atmospheres like a ranch, golf course, national park and many more.  Video
screens are also placed by some displays to provide visitors with information
on the models.
    Complete your automotive exploration by visiting the exhibits highlighting
the worldwide automotive industry at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn,
and the exciting motorsports displays at the Motorsport Museum & Hall of Fame
in Novi.  Also, leave some time to stop by the Detroit Historical Museum and
Detroit Institute of Arts, where exhibits illustrate the affects the auto
industry has had on metro Detroit.
    The Metropolitan Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau is a private,
nonprofit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan
Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business
travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and
incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state
and local tax revenues, and job opportunities.
    More than 625 businesses are represented in the MDCVB's membership.  The
MDCVB was founded in 1896 as the world's first convention and visitors bureau.



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