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Detroit, Michigan Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Detroit and the surrounding area.

From the Demons of Martin Luther to the Mighty Fist of Joe Louis, downtown Detroit offers a unique assortment of public art. Nearby auto-centric attractions such as the Henry Ford Museum and the World's Largest Tire celebrate the Motor City's history, while the Eight Mile Wall and Heidelberg Project offer critiques of past injustices. And as for Detroit's Giant Cow Head -- we're not sure if it means anything, but we like it.

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Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Dearborn, Michigan

    254-acre mega-attraction of cars, trains, whole buildings, JFK's death car, Lincoln's death chair, Edison's last breath.

  • Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

    Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

    Farmington Hills, Michigan

    An uber-arcade and curiosity museum, packed to bursting with fun time-wasters, including a fake version of the already-fake Cardiff Giant.

  • World's Largest Tire

    World's Largest Tire

    Allen Park, Michigan

    World's Fair retread that stands 80-ft. tall. Your head could get stuck in a tread.

  • Mighty Fist of Joe Louis

    Mighty Fist of Joe Louis

    Detroit, Michigan

    Sparring with the World Heavyweight Champion, this is all you'd remember before the lights go out....

  • Giant Cow Head

    Giant Cow Head

    Detroit, Michigan

    The head is almost as big as the abandoned ice cream stand on which it's perched.

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