Enjoy Metro Detroit's Automotive Attractions While Visiting NAIAS
14 January 2000Enjoy 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.