You’ve packed the family in the wagon for a cross country road trip, and along the way you see billboards for road side attractions “Worlds largest….” “Worlds most famous….” and the list goes on and on. But, when you finally decided to stop at one, the worlds biggest ball of string wasn’t as exciting as you thought. That’s why we ranked the top 10 roadside attractions that are actually worth stopping for.
1. Cabazon Dinosaurs, Cabazon, California
Hop in that Jeep Wrangler your just bought at Jim Shorkey Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and check out this real-world Jurassic park, where you can climb to the top of a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex for an up-close and personal view of its teeth. You can also purchase souvenirs at a museum shop located inside Ms. Dinny, a 150-ton Apatosaurus conditioned the largest concrete Dino in the world.
2. Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska
Okay, it might not be England’s Stonehenge, But it is 38 old cars painted gray that form a replica of England’s Stonehenge. Additional sculptures include “Four Seasons”, representing the seasonal changes of the landscape.
3. Enchanted Highway, Regent, North Dakota
Lining a 32-mile stretch of highway in southwest North Dakota, stand seven sensational scrap metal sculptures, including the world’s largest scrap metal sculpture,“Geese in Flight”.
4. Hole n’ the Rock, Moab, Utah
This is the only place you can walk through a modern cave home with 14 furnished rooms carved out of Utah sandstone.
5. Lucy the Elephant, Margate, New Jersey
Lucy the elephant is America’s oldest example of zoomorphic architecture. This 130-year-old, 65-foot pachyderm is actually a building that once served as a summer cottage.
6. Randy’s Donuts, Inglewood, California
This larger than life donut was built in 1952, and has earned celebrity status by appearing in films (Mars Attacks), videos (Randy Newman’s “I Love LA”), and Hollywood dreams of sweet treats.
7. Paul Bunyan, Minnesota and More
Paul Bunyan, America’s most famous mythical lumberjack, capable of felling entire forests with his powerful ax, has a long reach. Bunyan makes a mark in places all over the US including; Akeley, Minnesota; Bangor Maine; and Portland, Oregon. His trusty sidekick, Babe the Blue Ox, is on the action with colossal statues in Klamath, California, and Bemidji, Minnesota
8. Foamhenge, Natural Bridge, Virginia
Okay, so it’s still not the actual Stonehenge, but this replica is as close as it gets! Foamhenge sits on a tufted hillside in the Shenandoah Valley, and makes for a mystical roadside diversion.
9. Hood Milk Bottle, Boston Massachusetts
If your looking for ice cream that will make you scream, head to this 40-foot-tall snack stand at the Boston Children’s Museum. Not so much a roadside-attraction – but more of a waterfront sight – this 80-year-old icon has delighted lactose loving families for ages. Fun fact: is this were a real life milk bottle it could hold 58,620 gallons of milk!
10. Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
Created in 1974 by a group of artists, this graffiti-spattered homage to American road travel breaks the dusty Texas horizon with the force of an 18-wheeler. The ten half-buried roadsters, slanted in a perfect row into an Amarillo cow pasture, have been featured in many movies and referenced in songs.
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