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You probably know by now how much we love to road trip as a family – the US is full of so many great adventures! Many of them don’t even cost a thing! This week we had the pleasure of setting out on a road trip through Oscoda, Michigan with AmericInn. What we found around the Oscoda area and during our stay with AmericInn Lodge & Suites totally made for one crazy, awesome family weekend adventure. We simply cannot wait to tell you about it.
Northern Michigan | AmericInn Adventure
The northern part of Michigan is a destination we love to travel to. The air smells different there. Imagine the combination of a vibrant wood smell and that of fresh, salt-free lake air. It’s mesmerizing and calming, all in one.
To me, that unique smell brings back many memories of trips taken to the same area when I was a child. As a family, we spent part of our summers there – jumping in the lakes, running through the trees, and wandering the area in search of fun discoveries.
Thankfully, not much has changed. The area is still full of natural beauty, retro roadside attractions, and quite a few things to keep a family entertained.
7 Things to Do In (and Around) Oscoda, Michigan
When we were thinking of another place to add to our summer road trip schedule, Oscoda quickly jumped to the top. Being that it is within a few minutes drive of the popular tourist destination of Tawas and that it had an AmericInn for us to stay at, this destination just made sense. Plus, who could pass us these seven totally awesome (and retro) roadside attractions?!!
1 . Lumberjack Monument | Oscoda
This was one of our favorite stops on this trip because it’s so much more than just a monument! At the Lumberjack Monument location, families are free to wander the grounds which include the monument, a large pile of giant logs for climbing, and a small cabin full of facts about the history of logging and the areas natural surroundings. Plus, it also includes opportunities for hands on learning guided by members of the park staff and one of the most beautiful views of the Au Sable river I’ve ever seen.
2. Giant Concrete Animals at Gateway Park | Tawas
Well, seriously, just how much fun is this? It’s not all that often that we get the chance to climb around on giant, brightly colored concrete animals! Plus, there are several of them all in one spot and you can climb or slide down them all. This is fun even for the parents, as long as you don’t get stuck!
3. Iargo Springs | Oscoda
How cool is it that it’s possible to visit a natural spring that the ancient Indians of the area deemed to have mystical powers? As long as you are willing to trek down and back up the 294 steps to get there, this roadside attraction is a must for any list!
Even if you can’t (or don’t want to) make the trek down to see the natural spring, this location also has an incredible view of the Au Sable river from a viewing deck above.
4. Au Sable River Queen | Oscoda
Born in 1966, this double decker paddle boat is still making daily passages up and down the Au Sable river. While it’s fun to simply stop and see this small part of the area’s history, it’s also possible to experience a ride! Tickets on the River Queen are available for a two-hour excursion down the Au Sable river – don’t worry, the ride also includes live onboard music and has snacks for sale.
5. Canoers Monument | Oscoda
This monument is smaller in size than the Lumberjacks Monument but still worth a visit because of its immaculate views of the river. Plus, it’s only a quick drive down the road from Iargo Springs and the Lumberjack Monument.
6. Historic Paul Bunyan Statue | Oscoda
This 13-foot tall statue of Paul Bunyan can be found in front of Furtaw Field, only moments down the road from the AmericInn in Oscoda. The story goes that it was once used as part of a Thanksgiving Day parade float in Detroit in the 1970’s before being bought and moved to this location in the early 1980’s.
It’s a fun photo opp, plus it’s situated downtown near several good places to eat.
Looking for food nearby? Try Wiltse’s Brew Pub or G’s Pizzeria.
7. Wurtsmith Air Museum | Oscoda
We simply cannot help but be drawn in by history and this stop has a lot of it! For a small entrance fee, the Wurtsmith Air Museum puts you face to face with the historic artifacts from this closed down air force bases’ past. There are vintage planes to see and sometimes sit in. It’s got army tanks, hand written letters, and photographs from this time period past. Definitely, a must see in my book.
Need a map to find all of these locations? Stop by the front desk of the AmericInn hotel in Oscoda, they were more than happy to help guide me in the right direction.
AmericInn | The Adventure Begins
When we start to plan a family adventure, the first thing I consider is where we will stay. Thankfully, we were able to find an AmericInn Lodge & Suites nearby the attractions we wanted to visit in Oscoda, Michigan.
This location was everything we wanted it to be, plus more. There was a beautiful pool with an up north cabin facade surrounding it. We had a complimentary breakfast every morning (until 10 am!) that included freshly made AmericInn branded waffles and the rooms felt like home the moment we walked in.
What more could you ask for?
They’ve got that too! Head on over to the AmericInn website to sign up for the free rewards program. Each trip gets you closer to a free stay!
What roadside attraction have we not yet covered that you think we should explore? Where is it? Tell us in the comments.