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Atlas Obscura A Museum of Antique Snowmobiles

On Route 2, along the southern shoreline of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, sits a nondescript blue building marked with a simple sign saying “Snowmobile Museum.” Pay the small admission fee, and you’ll enter an exhaustive tribute to the snowmobile, a machine both recreational and utilitarian in a region with annual snowfalls easily exceeding 100 inches.

Billed as “Michigan’s First Snowmobile Museum,” the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum houses more than 150 snowmobiles of every shape and size. You can see everything from “the world’s first snowmobile” (a Ford Model T fitted with chains and tracks) or the model snowmobile endorsed by none other than racing champion and snowmobile enthusiast Mario Andretti.

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