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Henry Ford Tour of Detroit (Self Guided), Detroit

Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, is the town where the famous car maker Henry Ford was born. There are many attractions related to Henry Ford here. Visit the museum of Henry Ford, the Henry Ford Estate, historic Greenfield Village and more. Take this tour to learn more about Detroit legend Henry Ford.
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Henry Ford Tour of Detroit Map

Guide Name: Henry Ford Tour of Detroit
Guide Location: USA » Detroit (See other walking tours in Detroit)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Henry Ford Estate
  • Dearborn Historical Museum
  • Commandant's Quarters of the Dearborn Historical Museum
  • Automotive Hall of Fame
  • Henry Ford Museum
  • Greenfield Village
  • The Dearborn Inn
Henry Ford Estate

1) Henry Ford Estate

At the Henry Ford Estate, also known as Fair Lane, you will return to the times of automotive pioneer Henry Ford. Henry and his wife lived here, and today it is part of Dearborn University. The estate consists of mansions and a garden with beautiful lawns. There are also the garages where Henry worked, a restaurant, and a gift shop where you can buy Toy Model "T" Cars as souvenirs and books that recount the story of the Ford family. The Henry Ford Estate is a National Historic Landmark.
Dearborn Historical Museum

2) Dearborn Historical Museum

The Dearborn Historical Museum specializes in the history of Dearborn, where the famous car manufacturer Henry Ford was born. The museum consists of a complex of buildings, one of which is the McFadden-Ross House. There are historical exhibits and archives, as well as a diverse range of artifacts, pictures, documents and books about local residents and the development of the community. The museum provides information about the history of Dearborn through a combination of exhibits, lectures and events.

Operation Hours: Monday—Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Commandant's Quarters of the Dearborn Historical Museum

3) Commandant's Quarters of the Dearborn Historical Museum

The Commandant's Quarters of the Dearborn Historical Museum are located in close proximity to the Henry Ford Estate and Greenfield Village. This museum focuses on Michigan's interesting military history. The building dates back to the 1830s and was initially the Commandant's home. A U.S. government arsenal was located here from 1833 to 1837. The Commandant's house is the oldest building in Dearborn. A collection of photographs and documents about the arsenal's history are on display here.
Automotive Hall of Fame

4) Automotive Hall of Fame

The Automotive Hall of Fame recognizes people who made significant contributions to the development of the automobile industry. Charles King established the Automotive Old Timers Association, which later became the Automotive Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame displays a variety of historic automobiles, particularly race cars, and features interactive exhibits. It is located near the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

Operation Hours: Wednesday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
Henry Ford Museum

5) Henry Ford Museum (must see)

The Henry Ford Museum is very extensive. It has a fine collection of historic vehicles and thousands of artifacts pertaining to Henry Ford, who helped change the culture of America and the world. In addition to seeing some of the first Ford models, you can view a locomotive, a 1930s kitchen, the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and other things related to the history of transportation, manufacturing and technology.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 9.30 am - 5 pm
Greenfield Village

6) Greenfield Village (must see)

Greenfield Village is the historic village where you can trace the life of the great American industrialist and innovator Henry Ford. In the village you can tour the house where Henry was born, the factory where he constructed his first vehicles, the old Ford Motor Company, and the Henry Ford Theater. You can even drive the Model T, a car created by Ford. The village has some shops where you can buy souvenirs.
The Dearborn Inn

7) The Dearborn Inn

The Dearborn Inn, a Marriott Hotel, is a luxurious historic hotel, conceived by Henry Ford, who saw a need for food and accommodations for visitors flying into the nearby Ford Airport. It is located in Metro Detroit at 20301 Oakwood Boulevard in the suburban city of Dearborn. Albert Kahn designed the Dearborn Inn in the Georgian architectural style.

Inspired by a passion for Colonial Revival architecture, Henry Ford commissioned renowned architect Albert Kahn to design The Dearborn Inn, who in 1931 would create a Georgian inn to serve Ford’s Dearborn airport. The Dearborn hotel is now recognized on the National Register of Historic Places and features 231 rooms, including five Colonial guest homes, built in 1937. While thoughtful interior renovations have occurred over the Dearborn hotel’s 82 year history, the exterior has remained the same as Ford’s original vision. Additional features include Edison's, a fine dining restaurant; the Ten Eyck Tavern, a home-style dining establishment; a seasonal outdoor pool; and 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) of meeting space including the Alexandria Ballroom, which Ford commissioned to satisfy his love of dancing.
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Walking Tours in Detroit, Michigan

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Creating your own self-guided walk in Detroit is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums Tour

Museums Tour

You will find many interesting museums in Detroit that specialize in art, history, science and more. The most popular museum in the city is the Motor Sports Museum. Detroit historically has had close ties to the auto industry, and this strong relationship continues to this day. Take this self-guided tour to visit Detroit's best museums.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Monuments Tour

Monuments Tour

There are many monuments and statues in the city of Detroit. Many wealthy Detroit residents have bequeathed money to the city specifically to build notable landmarks. Monuments to great personalities in the history of the city and the country are scattered across the city. Take this self-guided tour to see Detroit's unique monuments and statues.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles
Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle

Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle

Detroit's Belle Isle is a wonderful island connected to the city by a bridge. There are many interesting tourist attractions on the island. You can visit a museum, stroll through a fairy-tale-beautiful park, see a memorial lighthouse and more. Take this self-guided tour to explore Belle Isle, which is fittingly named 'beautiful island'.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
Dowtown Detroit Walk

Dowtown Detroit Walk

Detroit, being the oldest city in the Midwest, boasts a number of landmarks, many of which are concentrated in the downtown area. The must-see attractions in Detroit include the Renaissance Center, Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most fascinating landmarks and neighborhoods in downtown Detroit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Detroit is a multicultural city, which is reflected in the variety of churches found here. There are splendid Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals, as well as historic Protestant churches. This self-guided tour will lead you to Detroit's most magnificent places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles