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Washtenaw County Heritage Tours

Heritage Tourism is an important part of Washtenaw County's economic vitality.


Heritage Tourism supports local businesses, links tourists and local residents to local foods, and promotes the retention of property values.  Washtenaw County Heritage Tourism offers five distinct themed driving routes to guide visitors and locals through the County's cities, villages, and rural areas, and a virtual heritage tour of the Willow Run Bomber Plant.  These tours celebrate the region’s rich heritage and highlight a variety of historic and cultural resources.  Click on each heading below to access the tours.

According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a well-managed tourism improves the local economy and its quality of life, and also builds community pride.

As concluded by a 2010 national research study (The Historic/Cultural Traveler by the U.S. Travel Association and Smithsonian Magazine) 78% (118 million) of U.S. adults who traveled in 2009 were considered cultural heritage travelers.  Visitors to historic sites and cultural attractions stay longer and spend more money at locally owned businesses, hotels, and restaurants than other kinds of tourists.  In 2009, cultural and heritage visitors spent, on average, $994 per trip compared to $611 for all U.S. travelers excluding the cost of transportation – 62% more per trip than the average traveler.  For more information on the economic benefits of Heritage Tourism, visit The National Trust for Historic Preservation.


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