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Explore Michigan roadside attractions and other tourist traps, restaurants, stops, and detours to add to your Michigan road trip itinerary.

Large Cows and Ice Cream Cone in New Buffalo, Michigan

Large Cows and Ice Cream Cone in New Buffalo, Michigan

While driving through Michigan I happened upon these large cows grazing alongside a giant sundae outside Bubba’s New Buffalo Jersey Subs and Bake Shoppe/Moo’s Ice Cream Shoppe in New Buffalo, Michigan…and they were udderly fantastic! This roadside attraction features a herd of life-size black and white holstein cattle surrounding a larger-than-life...

Convenience Store Cow on a Roof in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Convenience Store Cow on a Roof in Ypsilanti, Michigan

I was driving through Michigan on a Michigan road trip, on a day trip to see a calamari eating contest and a presentation for the world’s biggest hamburger in Detroit. Along the way, as I always do on road trips, however short they may be, I stopped at random roadside attractions (like a giant basketball on the side of the highway) that were on my path…...

Giant basketball painted with the Detroit Pistons and WNBA Detroit Shock team logos, outside of Detroit, Michigan.

Giant Basketball Gas Tank in River Rouge/Detroit, Michigan

Some roadside attractions are built from scratch to mimic whatever the artist wants them to be. Others make use of what already exists to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. Such is the case with this giant basketball gas tank on the highway outside of Detroit, Michigan. An oil tank on I-75 in River Rouge, Michigan, is painted to look like a giant...

Big Boy Statue - I-94 Exit 169 in Michigan

Big Boy Restaurant & Statues in Michigan

Big Boy Restaurants launched in 1936 and until this weekend I had never seen one in person. The chain began in Glendale, California but moved its headquarters to Warren, Michigan in the late 1980s by one of the many owners the restaurant has seen over the years. There are 455 Big Boy restaurants in the United States and Canada. Over one hundred of those locations are...

The Lobster Zone - Mallie's Famous Lobster Tank

The Lobster Zone – Mallie’s Famous Lobster Tank

OK, so have you ever played one of those claw games? You know what I’m talking about, there is a tank full of plush toys and you insert a quarter or two and you maneuver a claw to try to pick one up and inevitably it will grab the stuffed bear by the snout but fail to pull it up from beneath the pile of ducks and dogs and moose? Yeah, you know those games...

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

Guinness World Record for Biggest Hamburger

Mallie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Southgate, Michigan isn’t just your typical sports bar. Yes, the game is most certainly on one of many, many, televisions. Yes, they have beer. And yes, they have food…even if that food might be more than you bargained for. Over anything else Mallie’s is known for their particularly large quantities of food...

Chicago to Southgate, Michigan Road Trip Recap

Apparently Michigan is in the Eastern time zone. In retrospect I probably already knew that but it never occurred to me to even check. Luckily, I was alerted to this fact the night before I was taking my Southgate, Michigan road trip and driving from Chicago to Detroit (or, at least, close to Detroit) and therefore made it to my actual destination, Southgate, in...