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Summer vacation idea - auto factory tours

For those looking for something to do as part of their summer vacation this year, a family-friendly idea might be to visit an auto manufacturer and tour their factory. Here's a list of carmakers whose facilities are open to the public, around the country.

If you're vacationing this summer and want to take the family on a side trip for something unusual, why not find out where your car came from?

The great American road trip is a staple of our culture. We love piling the whole fam damily into the car and hitting the road, stopping at points of interest (and public restrooms of questionable repute) as we motor down the highway towards a final destination of sometimes dubious merit. If your vacations seem to end up more like the Griswolds than the Cleavers, maybe it's time to shake it up a bit. No matter where you're going, chances are there's an automotive factory that's open to your visiting and taking a tour.

Of course, not all of them are. Some manufacturers treat a few of their models with the kind of secrecy normally reserved for Top Secret military installations, usually in order to prevent corporate espionage or to keep a new car model under wraps. There are, however, several car assembly lines open to the public for tours by those interested. Here's a few of them from around the nation.


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