Ranked: Top 10 Roadside Attractions

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.

Roadside Attractions

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.

kitsch-cabazon-dinosaurs_35671_600x450

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.

carhengeSubheader

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”.

the-enchanted-highway

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.

Utah-and-Arizona-19

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.

0b645c3a-bf1b-5473-92cd-0accc4f9df27.image

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.

2272902662_f2b2eff9e5

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

pb-and-babe

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.

foamhenge

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!

kitsch-hood-milk-bottle_35677_600x450

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.

cadillac-ranch-multi

Whats your favorite roadside attraction? Share it with us in the comments below!

Jim Shorkey Brands Take Over Motor Trends’ Top 20 Selling SUVs List

The SUV isn’t exactly a hard sell. These road warriors are usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road capabilities, and often include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan. However, the current automotive market is saturated with SUVs, making your decision a little more difficult.

Motor Trend recently ranked the top selling SUVs, and one thing is for certain: People are buying Jim Shorkey brands. From the Jeep Cherokee to the Dodge Journey, check out which of our SUVs made the list and what Motor Trend has to say about them.

20. Jeep Patriot: 84,028

With a brand dedicated to SUVs, it’s no wonder Jeep has four models in the top 20. The Jeep Patriot is the least expensive way to get into a Jeep model. Two four-cylinder engines are offered: a 2.0-liter (158 hp, 141 lb-ft of torque) or a 2.4-liter (172 hp, 165 lb-ft). A five-speed manual is standard and a six-speed auto is available. Front-drive is standard, and two four-wheel-drive systems are available: Freedom Drive I and the off-road-oriented Freedom Drive II.

00f9f8ab6fc7431d40c1b2466d6a111dx

19. Dodge Journey: 85,151

Although five-passenger seating is standard, the Dodge Journey is one of the most affordable crossovers available with a third row and seating for up to seven passengers. Powertrain offerings include a 2.4-liter (173 hp, 166 lb-ft) inline-four mated to a four-speed auto or 3.6-liter (283 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to a six-speed auto. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

708e24d76928c85902479491d165c3b3x

13. Ford Edge: 100,924

The Ford Edge sits between the compact Escape and three-row Explorer in the automaker’s lineup. Ford offers three engines. The base is a 3.5-liter (285 hp, 253 lb-ft) V-6, and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 and a 3.7-liter (305 hp, 280 lb-ft) V-6 are optional. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available with the V-6 engines. The Edge’s advantage is much more interior volume than the smaller Escape, as well as the available V-6 engines.

9. Jeep Cherokee: 160,793

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee effectively replaced the Liberty in the SUV-maker’s lineup. The Cherokee is available with a choice of a 2.4-liter (184 hp, 171 lb-ft) I-4 or 3.2-liter (271 hp, 239 lb-ft) V-6 and three four-wheel-drive systems, including Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, and Jeep Active Drive Lock. A nine-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Despite controversial looks and an unconventional transverse powertrain, Jeep sold just 532 fewer Cherokee models than the traditional Wrangler.

5acff2ec167fe26935408e986be5e993x

8. Jeep Wrangler: 161,325

The Jeep Wrangler could be considered the last hardcore off-road SUV left on the market, thanks to its body-on-frame construction and solid front and rear axles. Power comes from a 3.6-liter (285 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. And of course all Wranglers come with a standard four-wheel-drive system with a 2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, and 4WD Low ranges. The Wrangler is the only choice for serious off-roaders.

d56347f1929768fb121280840e182392x

7. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 166,610

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the SUV brand’s most luxurious offering. And with the SRT model, it’s also the fastest and most powerful. Four engine options from mild to wild are available. The base engine is a 3.6-liter (290 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6, and a 3.0-liter (240 hp, 420 lb-ft) EcoDiesel V-6 and a 5.7-liter (360 hp, 390 lb-ft) Hemi V-8 are optional. The SRT model is powered by a 6.4-liter (475 hp, 470 lb-ft) Hemi V-8. All engines are backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Cherokee is available with rear-drive or all-wheel drive.

4168b9135ecc852042211735c7e623ddx

6. Ford Explorer: 172,707

At one time the Ford Explorer was the best-selling SUV in the U.S. by a wide margin, selling more than double what it has sold this year. The Explorer is offered with two engine options, and the Explorer Sport is offered with a third, more powerful powerplant. The base engine in the Explorer is a 3.5-liter (290 hp, 255 lb-ft) V-6, and a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 is available. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available with the 3.5-liter. The Explorer Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter (365 hp, 350 lb-ft) EcoBoost V-6 and a standard all-wheel-drive system. All models feature a six-speed automatic. The Explorer seats seven passengers in three rows.

2. Ford Escape: 280,609

Since its last redesign, the Ford Escape has gained in popularity. With three engine choices and several trim levels, the Escape offers lots of choices for consumers. A 2.5-liter (168 hp, 170 lb-ft) is the base engine, and two EcoBoost engines are available: a 1.6-liter (178 hp, 184 lb-ft) I-4 and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) I-4. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, and the EcoBoost engines are available with all-wheel drive.

Buying an Older Car: Things to Look Out For

Most of us have that “dream car” we’ve always wanted—that orange 1969 Dodge Charger from Dukes of Hazard or the 1993 Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler. Whatever you picture when you imagine yourself driving around Pittsburgh, it is important to know what to look for when purchasing an older car. Here, we offer five tips to help you get started!

dodge charger, dodge charger pittsburgh, vintage charger, dukes of hazzard

Leaking Engine Seals

Pittsburgh weather changes as fast as the Dodge Hellcat drives. And with changes in pressure and temperature, engine seals expand and contract. If a car sits for a long time without being driven, the seals can deteriorate even faster because they dry out and become brittle. Eventually, worn-out engine seals will start to leak oil. It is important to check engine seals frequently when driving an older vehicle.

Body Rust

Pittsburgh and North Huntingdon have seen some harsh and long winters, and cars that spend time in rough climates tend to exhibit rust in the undercarriage and around the window seals. Salt and moisture can be devastating to a car’s chassis, and the cost of proper repair can exceed the car’s purchase prices.

Fading Or Peeling Paint

A car that has a cheap paint job or has spent its life outside can have faded and cracked paint. To avoid another bad paint job, the solution is to completely repaint the car, which can be expensive but worth it if done correctly.

Cracked and Sagging Interior

All those days your car spent sun bathing can be devastating to its interior, causing seats, dashes, and outdoor panels to crack and fade. Finding original replacement parts for an older car can be challenging, and new reproductions can be pricy.

Electrical Issues

Although older vehicles don’t have all the bells and whistles of today’s cars, they still have their fair share of complex electrical components. Some electrical problems are relatively simple to diagnose and remedy. And if you do have any electrical issues, then schedule a service appointment with us, and we can properly diagnose the problem!

jeep wrangler, jeep wrangler pittsburgh, vintage jeep wrangler, jurassic park