American Car Factory Tours and Museums
Must-See For American Car Lovers
(...And Kids Of All Ages)
by Bill Flitter
America is at its best when building something. And what could be better than watching someone else build something? Especially if they are building something you love, like new cars—American cars to be exact. Factory tours are abundant in America. If you want to witness something being built, chances are there’s a tour you can sign up for, and that includes everything from jelly beans to guitars to automobiles. Here now are some of the best American car factory tours.
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America’s Best Car Factory Tours
Ford Rouge Factory Tour
American ingenuity can easily point back to Henry Ford, who popularized mass production of the automobile on an assembly line. Now, people from around the world flock to The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, to personally witness 300 years of history and over 26 million artifacts. The Henry Ford offers much more than a basic car factory tour. It also includes a museum of American innovation that boasts one of the largest collections of its kind. The Greenfield Village encompasses more than 80 acres and depicts an historic town brought back to life. Then there’s the factory tour itself. You’ll learn about the history of Ford and the manufacturing technology of today. To top things off, The Henry Ford also features a giant screen experience, featuring 4k projections in both 2D and 3D. This is a tour not to miss!
Mack Trucks Museum
Like most kids in America, the first time you saw a Mack truck rumble down the street your jaw probably dropped. Maybe you were cruising past a construction zone and you saw a giant dump truck, weighing tens of thousands of pounds, with engines rumbling and tires kicking up dust, and all you could think of doing was wanting to get behind the wheel. Now you can relive those memories by visiting the Mack Trucks Museum. Located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the Mack Trucks Museum is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am to 4pm. They accept donations for visiting. There, you can look at vintage Mack trucks and have access to all the archives. They also have tours available to groups of 10 or less.
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If Mack Trucks or Ford pickups aren’t your thing, then how about race cars? In particular, the Corvette Museum, located in now infamous Bowling Green, Kentucky (yes, that Bowling Green) offers visitors a good look at over 80 different types of Corvettes, “including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design.” To round out the Corvette Museum, they have a gift shop (of course!), a cafe for a quick lunch, and a Motorsports Park where you can take a lap or watch others.
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General Motors Fairfax Plant Tour
General Motors’ Fairfax plant in Kansas has been making American cars since the 1940s. In 1988, the factory moved to the former Fairfax airfield as part of a billion dollar project. You can tour that same factory today. You’ll see how metal molds into doorframes and how GM makes the Buick LaCrosse and the Chevy Malibu. The automaker has tough safety guidelines to follow. Tours are available only one day a week. You need to reserve your time at least seven days in advance. If you can navigate through the reservation process and follow all the rules, you should be in for a very educational and rewarding experience!
Over To You
Have you gone on car factory tours before? Where did you go? What did you see? What other tours do you recommend?