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Getting Kitschy in Jackson, MI: Diners, Oddities, and Classic Americana

Getting Kitschy in Jackson, MI: Diners, Oddities, and Classic Americana
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17 Hours


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302 km




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While often forgotten from Michigan must-see lists, Jackson, Michigan is a historic hidden gem lying just west of Detroit. The town once served as an epicenter for innovation and transportation, acting as a major railway hub and automobile manufacturer in the early- to mid-twentieth century. With historic roots, much of the old charm still remains in its various niche museums documenting the city's histories, as well as the multiple hundred-year-old diners and dives. Jackson is the birthplace of the Coney Island hot dog, a dish now famously revered across the state.
You'll hit a locals-favorite diner for breakfast, home to generous servings and a kitschy, familial feel. Your day will be spent oscillating between historic oddities, great food, and lots of nostalgia. You'll visit a private car collection, view collections of Americana, eat at century-old eateries, and walk historic streets that have been beautifully modernized by over 40 public art murals across the city's buildings. You'll end the day visiting an illuminated man-made waterfall dating back to the 1930s.
Alana Valko
Alana Valko
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  • Visit a private museum filled with vintage cars and memorabilia.
  • View magnificent wall murals on a self-guided walking tour.
  • Eat at the birthplace of Michigan's famous coney dogs, and a century-old ice cream parlour.

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A Day for Curiosities and Michigan History
Day 1302 km1 km

A Day for Curiosities and Michigan History

Spend the day around Jackson, MI eating at classic Americana diners and exploring the collections, art, and oddities of this unique town.
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