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Guide: 2015 North American International Auto Show In Detroit

Detroit Hosts Annual North American International Auto Show
People stand near the Ford exhibit is shown at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 13, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

North American International Auto Show
COBO Center
1 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
(248) 643-0250

Public Dates: Jan. 17-25, 2015
Open: 9 a.m. daily
•Adults: $13 per person
•Seniors: $7 (65 and older)
•Children: $7 (7-12 years old); 6 and under free with a parent or guardian
Click here for tickets.

Experience the next generation of transportation at the North American International Auto Show 2015. See more than 500 vehicles on display, representing the most innovative designs in the world and experience North America's largest and most prestigious automotive showcase.

Getting There

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Cobo Map (credit:

If you're using an automobile GPS unit, then just punch in the address listed above and follow the directions. If you're a little more old fashion, follow these directions:

From Detroit Metropolitan Airport
•Take I-94 eastbound to the Lodge Freeway (M-10) south
•Take the Lodge south to the Larned Street exit
•Go east on Larned to Cobo Center

From North
•Southbound on the Lodge US-10, exit Larned St. (on left); right on Washington Blvd.
•Southbound on I-75 take I-375 to Jeerson Ave. west to Washington Blvd.

From South
•Northbound on I-75, exit Lodge US-10 to Larned St. (on left); right on Washington Blvd.

From East
•Westbound on I-94 to I-75 south; take I-375 to Jeerson Ave. west to Washington Blvd.

From West
•Eastbound on I-96 or I-94, take the Lodge US-10 south; exit Larned St. (on left); right on Washington Blvd.

From Canada
•Tunnel crossing: left on Jeerson Ave. west to Washington Blvd.
•Ambassador Bridge crossing: take I-75 northbound to the Lodge US-10 south; exit Larned St. (left side); right on Washington Blvd.

Parking & People Mover

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Detroit People Mover (credit: J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

You will find plenty of convenient, accessible parking and transportation in downtown Detroit, but remember it's usually first come, first served. Motorists are advised to observe all posted parking restrictions to avoid being ticketed and/or possibly having vehicles towed.

•Cobo Rooftop Parking
From front of Cobo Center, go north to Congress St. Turn left, stay in right lane to circular ramp between Second and Third Streets.

•Ford Underground Garage, 30 East Jefferson -- $15
Monday – Sunday (7 a.m. – 9 p.m.)

•Grand Circus Park Garage, 1600-01 Woodward Ave. -- $5 every 2 hrs. ($15 max)
Monday – Sunday (24 hours)

•Joe Louis Arena Garage, 900 W. Jefferson -- $10
Monday – Sunday (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
**Rates and times vary on hockey dates – Jan. 17, 18 & 20

•Millennium Garage, 432 W. Congress -- $10
Monday – Sunday (24 hours)

•Premier Underground Garage, 1206-08 Woodward Ave. -- $5 every 2 hrs. ($15 max)
Monday - Friday (24 hours)
**No public parking on Saturday or Sunday

You can also catch the People Mover to the Auto Show. Service begins earlier on the weekends during the Auto Show. Fare is just 75 cents per ride. The People Mover hours during the Auto Show are:
•January 17 & 18 -- 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
•January 19 - 23 -- 6:30 a.m. to Midnight
•January 24 & 25 -- 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

What To Bring

auto show floor plan
Check the floor plan (credit: NAIAS)

Comfortable shoes – The show floor is huge and your feet will remind you at the end of the day. You definitely won't want to wear your brand new dress shoes.

Video and still cameras – Capturing the beauty of these cars will be something you can keep forever. Plus, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, you can get into the show an hour early if you have your camera, to snap shots for the annual photo contest. Photos can be submitted in any one of the following categories: Convertibles, Coupes & Concepts, Luxury, Coolest Close-up, Electric Vehicles or Black and White Photos. The top winner in each category will receive a $200 prize. Click here for more information.

Cash - Bring a couple small bills to get a people mover ticket or check your coat. You also might want some cash to grab a bite to eat from the food court or a nearby restaurant.

Cars On Parade

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The Parade Company at the Auto Show. (credit: The Parade Company/Facebook)

Everyone loves a parade, and this year's NAIAS will feature a parade of cars, local stars and some special surprises from The Parade Company, organizers of America's Thanksgiving Parade. During the Public Show -- from Jan. 17-25 -- the NAIAS will feature a parade on the main show floor at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. daily. Each parade will feature a host of ultra-luxury automobiles, local personalities from television, radio and sports, and even some clowns and special props from The Parade Company.

Finding Food & Drink

Cobo Center Renovations (30)
(Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

After walking around the NAIAS for a few hours, food will be at the top of the list. At Eatsville USA in the food court, you will find options like barbecued pulled pork and brisket. Go Gourmet offers specialty soups and eight different hands-on foods, which range from a hot panini or classic reuben sandwich to subs, clubs and wraps. You can also grab a seat at the City View Lounge and enjoy a fresh burger or piping hot pizza.

For those who are a bit parched, there is plenty to quench their thirst from gourmet coffees at Caruso World Coffee, which offers everything form a hot cup of joe to lattes and cappuccinos. For those who prefer something that has been brewed but not from a coffee pot, back at Eatsville you will find Detroit Brewing, which offers up its signature beers to enjoy.

There's also a number of restaurants and bars within walking distance of the auto show. And if you jump on the People Mover, your options dramatically increase.

[Continuing Coverage: 2015 Detroit Auto Show]

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