The only state in the USA with two peninsulas, Michigan has a wide variety of highways to explore, from the upper reaches on the Upper Peninsula to the end of the peninsula (Lower Peninsula, of course). Getting off the highway, however, is how you see some of the state’s best roadside attractions.
Uniroyal Giant Tire | I-94 (Allen Park)
The attractions there are more “roadside” than this one. In fact, you even have to go down the road to see this huge tire because it’s clearly visible from the I-94. This tire was once a Ferris wheel at the World Fair in New York and shipped to Michigan shortly thereafter. Technically it is not a tourist attraction as it is located on private land, but the view from the road makes it impossible to miss.
St. Ignace Mystery Spot | U.S. 2 (St. Ignace)
Go on a tour of the mysterious site, play some miniature golf courses or play the zipline at this Upper Peninsula attraction. What exactly is the mystery point? Rumor has it that it may have something to do with gravity or optical illusion, but you’ll have to take a tour to find out. Children are especially infatuated here.
Dinosaur Gardens | U.S. 23 (Ossineke)
If you’ve ever wanted to see a reproduction of an 8 foot long Brontosaurus, this is the place. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, this 25-acre attraction gives dinosaur lovers a taste of prehistoric life.
Visitors can join a self-guided tour to discover more than two dozen species of dinosaurs around the property; most are hand-sculpted and date from 1935 to 1967. The Dinosaur Garden offers even more fun, like any roadside attraction; there are dinosaur-themed miniature golf courses, fossil diggers, and frozen yogurt available for purchase.
Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland | M-83 (Frankenmuth)
Sure, you’ve heard of Christmas in July, but Christmas in April? September? February? Michiganders know about Christmas in Frankenmuth any month thanks to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland.
Open all year round (361 days a year to be exact), Bronner sells every single indoor and outdoor Christmas decoration you can imagine and is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit even mid-summer.
Da Yoopers Tourist Trap | U.S. 41 (Ishpeming)
Most tourist traps try to be confusing in reality – not this. Maybe more clearly Da Yoopers Tourist Trap. It is a tourist trap. And yet, everyone loves Yooper’s huge souvenir collection and sense of humor on display. Before you go, you should know that “Yooper” is a man from the state’s Upper Peninsula, also known as U.P.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum | M-123 (Paradise)
So far, far away from the beaten path that is practically in Canada, the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum pays homage to the shipwrecks that happened in the Great Lakes – and those who lost network there. The museum holds artifacts from many shipwrecks, including Edmund Fitzgerald’s bell, which sank in 1975 with a crew of 29 on board.
Visitors can climb to the Whitefish Point Light Tower and on a clear day, Canada can be seen. Listed as a historic site in the National Register of Historic Sites, the museum is open from 1 May to 31 October.
Grand Haven Musical Fountain | U.S. 31 (Grand Haven)
Since 1962, Grand Haven visitors have gathered to take part in this breathtaking water and light show synchronized with this music. It was the largest music fountain in the world until it was upgraded in 1998 by Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. Fountain shows run every night from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends in May and September.
American Museum of Magic | I-94BL (Marshall)
Magical mysteries and legends make the American Museum of Magic a place full of intrigue. You will find many artifacts here, with items from both Michigan wizards and more famous wizards like Harry Houdini.
Of course, there are regular magic shows as well as special magic-themed events, such as “Magician’s Day Festival”, where kids can learn a magic trick and perform it. on the stage.
Hell, Mich. | M-36
If you’ve ever wanted to get married in Hell, eat ice cream in Hell or see snow in Hell, then this community can help. Enjoy some wine at Hell Hole Diner, have a drink at Hell Saloon or enjoy the Gravedigger Sundae at Screams.
You can even be mayor for a day and get badges, coffee mugs, some dirt from Hell and other items – if you pay for the privilege of course.
Midwest Miniature Museum | M-43 (Hickory Corners)
Sometimes the best things come in really small packages. Case in point: The Midwest Miniature Museum features miniature replicas of houses, trees, businesses, and more. Each work has small details that require you to observe carefully to discover.
If you want your own miniature work to take home, consider one of the DIY classes where you can buy a miniature kit and learn the intricacies of these little art pieces. from an instructor.