Michigan is home to plenty of exciting attractions. From beaches to breweries, there’s no shortage of things to do during a trip through the Mitten State. But if you’ve got a taste for the weirder side of life, here are a few roadside attractions that should undoubtedly be added to your next Michigan road trip itinerary.
1. Giant Uniroyal Tire
Visible from I-94 near the Detroit Metro Airport, the Giant Uniroyal Tire stands over 80 feet tall and was originally created for the 1964 World’s Fair. Upon its creation, the tire was part of a functional ferris wheel!
2. Nun Doll Museum at The Cross In The Woods
While the National Shrine Of The Cross In The Woods is a magnificent sight to behold, it’s exceeded in oddness by the nun doll museum that sits nearby. Visitors can peruse over 525 dolls and 20 mannequins that have been collected since the mid-20th century.
3. Hoegh Pet Casket Company
Since 1966, Hoegh Pet Casket Company has been carefully creating caskets for use as final resting places by beloved family animals. Now you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of these caskets, with tours available Monday through Friday.
4. Hamtramck Disneyland
If you find yourself in Hamtramck, be sure to stop by this massive and spectacular folk art display. Started by local resident Dmytro Szylak in 1992, Hamtramck Disneyland combines found objects and original pieces to create a truly unique piece of public art.
5. Dinosaur Gardens Prehistoric Zoo
This fascinating “zoo” sits on 40 acres of land near the eastern shore of Lake Huron. Kids and adults alike can explore and take photos with massive dinosaur replicas, most of which are life-sized.
6. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Are you crazy for Christmas? Never fear — Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth has everything you need to keep feeling that holiday spirit all year long. Promoted as the “World’s Largest Christmas Store,” Bronner’s is home to thousands of Christmas-themed items that cover the area of one and a half football fields.
7. World's Tallest Indian
While this 52-foot-tall, Native American fiberglass statue is certainly a sight to behold for visitors, it is not actually the “World’s Tallest Indian.” That title belongs to a similar structure in Maine that reaches several feet higher. However, it’s still worth a stop on your trip through Ironwood!
8. American Museum Of Magic
Stop by the American Museum of Magic in Marshall for a firsthand look at some of magic’s most fascinating history. Museum-goers can peruse magic-related artifacts, learn about famous magicians, and even try their hand at a few simple tricks.
9. St. Ignace Mystery Spot
The Mystery Spot in St. Ignace has attracted curious types from across the world. The area was discovered in the 1950s by a group of surveyors who realized that their equipment mysteriously ceased to function properly when used on a specific patch of land. Now, visitors to this spot will experience odd optical and physical illusions — check it out if you dare!