Dearborn was the birthplace of Henry Ford, and later he pioneered the mass production of Automobiles here. The world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company remains here to this day.
Settlers from the Middle East date back to the 1800's, and many were employed by Henry Ford during the early days of the company in the 1910s. As a result of their long heritage in the area, Dearborn is the city with the most concentrated Arab population outside the Middle East.
- 1 John D. Dingell Transit Center. A stop for Amtrak Wolverine trains, as well as suburban SMART buses.
- 1 Automotive Hall of Fame, 21400 Oakwood Blvd, ☏ .
- 2 Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave (between Neckel and Schaefer), ☏ . W-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. The first and only museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture. $6 adults, $3 students/seniors/children, free for children 5 and under.
- 3 Henry Ford Estate (Fair Lane). Offers public tours.
- 4 The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., ☏ , toll-free: . Daily 9:30AM-5PM. This is a "must see". A massive historical and entertainment complex, a leading attraction with a keen focus on innovations. Consists of four separate attractions—the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory, and an IMAX theater. Highlights include: Lincoln's chair, Rosa Parks' bus, JFK's limos, Thomas Edison's last breath hermetically sealed in a test tube, original historic structures, nice shops, great food, and, not surprisingly, a spectacular history of the automobile collection that is a football field long. Visitors may have many entertaining experiences such as mini-shows, music, parades, train rides, and Model T rides. Visitors should plan at least one full day for the village, and another full day for the Museum. Adults $25 Greenfield Village, $20 Henry Ford Museum, $16 Factory Tour; Seniors $22.50 Greenfield Village, $18 Henry Ford Museum, $14.50 Factory Tour; Children 5-12 $18.75 Greenfield Village, $15 Henry Ford Museum, $12 Factory Tour; under 5 free to all attractions. All IMAX tickets $10 regardless of age. 10% discount for online ticket purchases to a single attraction, except for IMAX. Combo tickets to any two non-IMAX attractions are the price of the more expensive ticket plus half of the less expensive one, with no online purchase discount. Unlimited ride pass $10. Parking fee $..
- 5 Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 S. Brady St., ☏ .
- Old Car Festival (Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford in Dearborn). the weekend after Labor Day. Antique and classic car collector's show.
- 1 Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave, ☏ . Hosts a number of cultural amenities including the Dearborn Michael A. Guido Theater and the Padzieski Art Gallery. Also has a fitness center, indoor pool with water slides, spa, and indoor rock climbing wall.
- 2 Ford Drive-In Theater, 10400 Ford Rd. One of the largest drive in movie theaters in the world.
- 3 MacKenzie Fine Arts Center (Henry Ford Community College).
- 1 Fairlane Town Center, 18900 Michigan Avenue, ☏ . Fairlane Town Center mall hosts many departments stores, high end clothing stores, and over 140 other restaurants and stores. The Town Center is a popular local shopping center near U of M, a short drive from downtown Detroit.
- Green Brain Comics, 13210 Michigan Ave (at Jonathon), ☏ . M-F 11AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-8PM, Su noon-5PM.
- Stormy Records, 13210 Michigan Ave (at Jonathon), ☏ . M-Sa 11AM-8PM. Independent niche record store owned by husband-and-wife musical duo Windy & Carl. Located on the second floor above Green Brain Comics (listed above).
Thanks to the large Arabic population Dearborn has great Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as many halal options.
- [dead link] Amani's Middle Eastern Cuisine, 13823 Michigan Ave. Full menu. Locally popular. Family friendly.
- 1 Buddy's Pizza, 22148 Michigan Ave, ☏ . Mon-Thurs from 11am to 10pm, Fri from 11am to 11pm, Sat from 11:30am to 11pm, and Sun from 12pm to 10pm. A local chain from Detroit, that specializes in Detroit style square deep dish pizza.
- Miller's Bar, 23700 Michigan Avenue, ☏ . Open Mon-Sat from 11am to 12:30am. Known for the "best burgers" in Dearborn and throughout Michigan. Basic menu of hamburgers, fries, and drinks. Fairly reasonable prices.
- 1 Baliey's Irish Pub (Michigan Ave and Mason). They have something like 30 beers on tap.
- 1 The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood, ☏ . 222 rooms.
- 2 Doubletree Hotel Dearborn, 5801 Southfield Expressway, ☏ .
- 3 Hyatt Regency Dearborn, 600 Town Center Drive, ☏ . 772 guest rooms. Lots of amenities including fitness center. Close to Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum.
- Red Roof Inn, 24130 Michigan Avenue, ☏ .
- 4 The Henry, 300 Town Center Drive, ☏ . 308 guest rooms. A Marriott hotel. Free high speed internet, DirecTV. Two restaurants. Two executive-level floors with a Concierge Lounge. Indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness room, sauna and lockers. Massages available by appointment. The Gallery Restaurant surrounds you with fine art from Park West Galleries and Cleveland's Glass Bubble Project, and offers a selection of classic American regional cuisine featuring such entrees as a house 21-day dry aged rib eye. Henry's Bar and Grill offers a petite plate menu featuring build your own personal pizza, signature pork belly, and crab cake sliders.
- 5 Courtyard Marriott.
- 6 Hampton Inn.
Detroit is about 25 minutes east. If you're not visiting downtown Detroit, you might want to stop in some of the suburbs. There's a nice movie theatre and good restaurants in nearby Canton; Novi and Troy (home of the impressive Somerset Collection mall) are good for shopping and Hamtramck has a sizeable Polish population.
- Motorcities Tour displays the motorist heritage of greater Detroit.
|Routes through Dearborn|
|Battle Creek ← Ann Arbor ←||W E||→ Detroit → Pontiac|
|Ann Arbor ← Melvindale ←||W E||→ Detroit → Port Huron|
|Coldwater ← Dearborn Heights ←||W E||→ Detroit → END|
|Detroit ← Dearborn Heights ←||N S||→ Taylor → Toledo|
|Southfield ← Detroit ←||N S||→ Allen Park → Lincoln Park|
|Ann Arbor ← Dearborn Heights ←||W E||→ Detroit → END|