Worth The Drive: The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

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The Henry Ford Museum is a bit of a drive—four hours of a drive, to be exact—but what you sacrifice in time on the road, you gain back with a wealth of must-see American history and a visit to the iconic Greenfield Village. Start your day at the museum, making your way through all of the exhibits and tributes to America’s transportation history—from the first engines made in the United States to the expansive automobile and early planes collection, as well as an entire exhibit devoted to roadside signage and architecture throughout the ages.

After exhausting all there is to see and do in the museum, head out to take a tour of the surrounding Greenfield Village. Go on foot or snag a ride in a Vintage Model T to see the town. Tour the 83 authentic historic buildings, including the house where Noah Webster penned the first American dictionary, Thomas Edison’s laboratory, the courtroom used by Abraham Lincoln during his career in law, and the workshop used by the Wright brothers when they drafted their plans for an airplane.

Stop for lunch in the village at Mrs. Fisher’s Southern Cooking for some classic barbecue with meats smoked in-house, or go for a lighter bite of tea and desserts at Cotswold Cottage. Finish the visit with a Ford Rouge factory tour to see how the modern-day Ford F-150s are built during a walk on an elevated platform through the assembly plant. Once you’ve had your fill of automobile history and experiences, stop by the nearby downtown Dearborn, to fill up on Detroit’s famous Buddy’s Pizza before the trip home.

Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan, (313) 982-6001

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