World’s Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan (Giant Uniroyal Tire)

This Michigan roadside attraction certainly doesn’t fall flat! It’s the World’s Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan, AKA the giant Uniroyal tire!

The biggest tire in the world weighs in at a whopping 12 tons and stands at 80-feet tall. It is so big that if it were fit on an actual car, that car would need to be 200 feet high! The giant tire was designed by architectural firm Shreve, Lamb & Harmon (the same company that designed the Empire state building) and isn’t actually made of rubber, instead it is made out of polyester resin reinforced with glass fiber.

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World's Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan

In its original life, this giant tire served as a ferris wheel for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. There, it advertised Uniroyal (United States Rubber Company) and US Royal Tires and took about two million people on a ride on its 24 gondolas that each held four people. For just $0.25 visitors who flocked to Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City to take in the over exhibits could take a spin on the largest tire in the world. Even famous visitors couldn’t resist: Jacqueline Kennedy and family and the Shah of Iran were among those who experienced the ride firsthand.

World's Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan

In 1966, a year after the fair, the big Uniroyal tire was transported to Allen Park. It was stripped of it’s amusement-park ride functionality and shipped across the country in 188 sections. It was moved to be adjacent to the Uniroyal headquarters, where it became a must-see Detroit attraction, visible besides I-94.

World's Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan

Through the years, the world’s largest tire has seen many changes. In 1994 it was renovated and given a new hubcap. It was renovated again in 2003. And, back in 1998, as part of a publicity stumt to promote Uniroyal’s puncture-resistant Tiger Paw Nailgard tire, it was stabbed with an 11-foot, 250-pound nail.

World's Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan

I never tire out of seeing these giant roadside attractions! If you love this, you’ll also want to check out the nearby giant basketball gas tank!


World’s Largest Tire (Giant Uniroyal Tire)

Address: Detroit Industrial Expy, Allen Park, MI 48101 (east of Detroit Metro Airport)
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always visible (but on private property)


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This Michigan roadside attraction certainly doesn’t fall flat! It’s the World’s Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan, AKA the giant Uniroyal tire.Originally a ferris wheel at the New York World Fair. Visit this Detroit roadside attraction on your Michigan road trip!
This Michigan roadside attraction certainly doesn't fall flat! It's the World's Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan, AKA the giant Uniroyal tire.Originally a ferris wheel at the New York World Fair. Visit this Detroit roadside attraction on your Michigan road trip!
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This Michigan roadside attraction certainly doesn’t fall flat! It’s the World’s Largest Tire in Allen Park, Michigan, AKA the giant Uniroyal tire.Originally a ferris wheel at the New York World Fair. Visit this Detroit roadside attraction on your Michigan road trip!

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.