Road trips are memorable and iconic. If you are down for a road trip check out these hilarious and interesting roadside attractions along the way. Take a break, stretch your legs and get your camera ready!
Arizona – The Thing
California – Cabazon Dinosaurs
California – Bubble Gum Alley
San Luis Obispo’s Bubblegum Alley is 70 feet of mawed chewing gum. Two walls plastered with gum runs along Higuera Street. Legend has it the gum tradition came from a rivalry between two schools, San Luis Obispo High School and California Polytechnic State University, in the 1950s.
California – Salvation Mountain
Check out Salvation Mountain. Leonard Knight began painting Bible verses on the mountain in 1985 in the Imperial Valley desert. Most of the paint Leonard used was donated by “Snowbirds.” Leonard died in 2014 at 82.
California – Slab City
Florida – Weeki Wachee Mermaids
Georgia – Jimmy Carter Peanut
Where can you find a gigantic peanut? Why Plains, Georgia of course! The large Jimmy Carter Peanut is grinning as broadly as the former President himself. The 13 feet tall peanut stands in front of Davis E-Z Shop.
Georgia – Smallest Church
The Smallest Church in America is located in South Newport, Georgia. It seats 12. Mrs. Agnes Harper had the church built in 1949. The tiny bell tower was added later in 1998.
Iowa – Largest Frying Pan
Kansas – Center of the US in Lebanon
That’s right! Lebanon, Kansas, is the geographical center of the U.S. (Okay, if you exclude Alaska and Hawaii). You can find it about two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas. Take US Highway 281 north 1 mile and turn west one mile on K-191. The technical center is about a half mile away in the center of a former hog farm, but nevermind that. Traditionally you are supposed to bring a memento to leave behind for others.
Kansas – Giant Ball fo Twine
Massachusetts – Bridge of Flowers
Visit Shelburne Falls to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Bridge of Flowers. The former trolley bridge has been a garden since 1929. It features hundreds of in-season fragrant florals, trees, and shrubs from April through October. The master gardener is on site during peak weekends.
North Carolina – World’s Largest Chest of Drawers
Pennsylvania – Shoe House
Texas – Cadillac Ranch
Utah – Hole N’ the Rock
Built by Albert and Gladys Christensen, the Hole N” the Rock, the entire house is carved into a rock in Utah’s Canyonlands Country. Stop in and explore the house, shop at the various gift stores. This gives a whole new meaning to “Build it, and they will come.”
Utah – Olympic Park
Just outside Salt Lake City, visitors can be an Olympian for a day at Utah Olympic Park. Go ziplining or hike on up to the site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Parking is free, and guests have complimentary access to several museums, nature trails and even a discovery zone for kids. Try the scenic Nordic lift in the summer and fall or get an adrenaline rush riding down the Comet Bobsled in the winter.