roadside attractions you need to see in Traverse City Michigan


Lots of great things to see and explore in Traverse City Michigan, including these roadside attractions. Find some cool things to see & explore.

When vacationing in Traverse City Michigan have you visited the roadside attractions? Did you even know they have them? There are so many reasons to visit Traverse City, these roadside attractions are another reason you can use as an excuse for one more visit to the Cherry Capital of the World.

Roadside attractions are things that you notice alongside the road and get your attention. Some are historical, while others are huge and outrageous and some are just statues for businesses that catch your eye. Others make you want to stop and take a selfie with them. Things your family and friends would not otherwise believe you were there to see, unless you took a picture.

roadside attractions in Traverse City Michigan

tombstone for the Michigan Asylum’s Cow

Yes you read that right.  She was a World Champion and well loved. This will be found as you enter to Botanical Gardens, head towards the barn on the left. You will find the tombstone on the right out of the way.

Location:  1490 Red Drive, Traverse City, MI

Lots of great things to see and explore in Traverse City Michigan, including these roadside attractions. Find some cool things to see & explore.
Located where the Michigan Asylum was (now at the Botanical Gardens at Historic Barns Park), find the tombstone of Traverse Colantha Walker. The Asylums prize winning cow. Photo: Regina Sober

big bear statue

Growing up, whenever I saw this status, I knew we’d arrived in Traverse City.  This statue sits on top of The Bear Company Store. A great place to stop and get a selfie.  This is on a busy corner, so have your wits about you!

Location: 896 Munson Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686

Lots of great things to see and explore in Traverse City Michigan, including these roadside attractions. Find some cool things to see & explore.
You know you are in Traverse City, when you see the big bear on top of the Bear Store. Photo: Regina Sober

wood horse sculpture

This beautiful horse sculpture caught our eye. It sits at the Spirit of the West, just outside of Traverse City.  It is beautifully put together and worth an up close look to see how it was put together.

Location: 5690 US Highway 31 N, Williamsburg, MI 49690

Lots of great things to see and explore in Traverse City Michigan, including these roadside attractions. Find some cool things to see & explore.
Look closely, you’ll see this horse is made of many pieces of wood. Looks like driftwood that has been stained. Sitting outside Spirit of the West on HWY 31, Williamsburg. Photo: Regina Sober

cigar man statue – Nolan’s downtown

Located downtown Traverse City, this statue stands a little recessed into the building.  At first I thought it was someone pretending to be a statue. Nope, it’s an actual statue.

Location: 336 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

Lots of great things to see and explore in Traverse City Michigan, including these roadside attractions. Find some cool things to see & explore.
Find this statue outside of Nolan’s Tobacco and Cigar Bar, downtown Traverse City. Photo: Regina Sober

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world’s largest cherry pie pan

Set behind a few overgrown bushes, you’ll find this 17 feet, 6 inches in diameter pie pan. Cherry pie pan to be specific. Certified by the Guiness Book of World Records to be the largest with the plaque and everything. Who wouldn’t love a large cherry pie from the Cherry Pie Capital? It is not located downtown, but farther out of town at the Sara Lee Bakery.  But, you won’t find it at that physical address, because the pan sits across the road from Lakeside Automotive (address below). So look across the street and you’ll see it.

Location: 3439 Cass Rd, Traverse City, Michigan

Lots of great things to see and explore in Traverse City Michigan, including these roadside attractions. Find some cool things to see & explore.
World’s Largest Cherry Pie Pan. It’s huge! Photo: Regina Sober

Keep a lookout for these roadside attractions in Traverse City Michigan.  Which is your favorite and did we miss one?

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Lots of great things to see and explore in Traverse City Michigan, including these roadside attractions. Find some cool things to see & explore.


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