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The Woodward Dream Cruise Guide

Posted on Wednesday, August 15 2012 in Events

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On Saturday, the Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest one-day auto event, will bring tens of thousands of classic cars and more than a million people to the Motor City. The classic and collector model cars, muscle cars and hot rods cruising up Woodward Avenue are literally a dream come true for auto enthusiasts. And even if you’re not a gearhead, the people-watching along M-1 is second to none. Whether you’re admiring the cars or enjoying the atmosphere, here are a few tips for making the most out of the Dream Cruise:

Woodward 57 spongebobBring Lawn Chairs - Bring a comfortable folding chair, and ideally one that has a cup holder and a logo from one of Detroit’s pro sports teams, such as this Lions quad chair. If you’re fortunate enough to find a patch of shade, stake your claim under a tree and get comfortable for the day.

Fill Up the Cooler - With the engines, the crowds and the asphalt, the weather can get warm along the sides of the road. Fill up your cooler with some Michigan-made Faygo Pop or one of your favorite Michigan Microbrews, such as these 10 Detroit Beers. Kick back and enjoy the show.

Block the Sun - What do you think you’ll see more of at the Woodward Dream Cruise: classic cars or Detroit Tigers hats? With the wash and wax jobs on these cars, you’re going to need to shade your eyes as much as possible — may as well do it with Detroit pride and an Old English D.

Eat Classic Hamburgers and Ice Cream - The classic cars along Woodward Avenue harken back to 1950s and 1960s America. If you like nostalgia, you don’t have to go far to find hamburger stands, ice cream shops and soda fountains. Check out Hunter House Hamburgers in Birmingham or one of Detroit’s other top hamburger joints, and have a taste of Treat Dreams Ice Cream in Ferndale.

Enjoy a Cruise of Your Own - Get away from the traffic and take a more scenic drive around Detroit. Pull up to a drive-in in Plymouth or Dearborn for classic a Detroit movie experience, or tour the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. If you have the kids along, take them to one of Detroit’s family-friendly attractions. There’s plenty more to see on the open road.

Woodward customThe Woodward Dream Cruise runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. along Woodward Avenue, through Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak.

To view photos from last year, you can visit our Visit Detroit page on Facebook.

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