Henry Ford Tour of Detroit, Detroit (Self Guided)

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
Author: vickyc
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
Monuments Tour of Detroit

Monuments Tour of Detroit

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
Churches Tour of Detroit

Churches Tour of Detroit

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: 5.4 km
Museums Tour of Detroit

Museums Tour of Detroit

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: 3.2 km
Art Galleries Tour of Detroit

Art Galleries Tour of Detroit

There are many art galleries in the city of Detroit. It is also home to the prestigious Institute of Art, so many talented artists live in the area. Here, you can see everything from modern art, traditional fine art and photography to prints, sculpture and other forms of visual art. This self-guided tour will lead you to Detroit's most noteworthy art galleries.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Detroit's New Town is the more modern part of the city and is where the campus of Detroit University is located. There are many great bars and nightclubs in this area that cater to a younger crowd. Take this self-guided tour to explore the nightlife in Detroit's New Town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Landmarks Tour of North Detroit

Landmarks Tour of North Detroit

There are many tourist attractions in the northern area of Detroit. The Motown Historical Museum, for example, tells the history of the city from a musical perspective. There are also an amazing array of architecturally interesting buildings and churches. This self-guided tour will lead to the most notable landmarks in north Detroit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Detroit for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Detroit has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Detroit, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.