Michigan Road Trip Itinerary

Southgate, Michigan Road Trip Recap

Apparently Michigan is in the Eastern time zone. In retrospect I probably already knew that but it never occured to me to even check. Luckily, I was alerted to this fact the night before I was taking my Michigan road trip and driving from Chicago to to Detroit-ish and therefore made it to my actual destination, Southgate, in plenty of time to watch a calamari eating contest (the whole reason for the trip in the first place)!

I woke up at 6am and was at the Starbucks on the corner by 7. I needed coffee to keep me going. I always need coffee to keep me going.

It’s funny: driving the 2 hours between my parent’s home and college used to feel like forever and a day but now driving for 6 hours in one go feels like absolutely nothing. Without any stops Southgate would have only been about a four and a half hour drive. But you know me, I can’t drive anywhere without making a few stops…

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My first stop was to be the World’s Largest nose in Grand Beach, Michigan. Unfortunately I got there at about 9:10am and the place it was at didn’t open until 10am. I didn’t have the time to dally about so I decided to leave it behind. Ah, next time. Luckily just down the road was an ice cream shop with a few cows and a giant ice cream cone! Totally unexpected, it’s always fun to run into giant cows!

 

Large Cows and Ice Cream Cone in New Buffalo, Michigan
Large Cows and Ice Cream Cone in New Buffalo, Michigan

 

Most of my afternoon drive was spent stopping at Big Boys. Mind you, I didn’t eat at a one of them but I had never seen a Big Boy before! So I stopped at every one I saw advertised :-) I ended up hitting five of them (well, seven, but two of them had no statue to be seen! What’s with that?)

 

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 169 in Michigan
Big Boy Statue – I-94 Exit 169 in Michigan

 

My next stop was Ypsilanti where there was a giant cow on the roof of a “dairy.” Now, by “dairy” I mean a kind of scary store that didn’t have anywhere to park and just had a driveway out front where a kind of scary man stood who would presumably go inside and bring what you wanted to your car… Luckily there was a guy getting “things” in front of me so while he was being taken care of I took some photos and when he left I sped by…

 

Convenience Store Cow on a Roof in Ypsilanti, Michigan
Convenience Store Cow on a Roof in Ypsilanti, Michigan

 

And then I was off to Southgate! Right near Southgate there are two glorious side of the highway attractions: the World’s Largest Tire and an oil tank painted like a basketball!

 

World's Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan
World’s Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan
Giant basketball painted with the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock team logos, outside of Detroit, Michigan.
Giant basketball painted with the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock team logos, outside of Detroit, Michigan.

 

From there I headed straight to Mallie’s Sport Bar and Grill to catch the calamari eating contest and catch the unveiling of the new Guinness world record holder for world’s largest hamburger!

 

Guinness World Record for Biggest Hamburger at Mallie's Sport Bar and Grill in Southgate, Michigan
Guinness World Record for Biggest Hamburger at Mallie’s Sport Bar and Grill in Southgate, Michigan

 

It was an awesome Michigan road trip, though with only one day round trip I didn’t get to see nearly as much as I’d wanted — I’ll have to head that way again some time. I didn’t quite make it all the way into Detroit to see the wonders the city holds, and I didn’t actually eat at any of the Big Boys (or anywhere special at all), and I do need to see that world’s largest nose. So, Michigan, we will meet again.

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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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