You need to see these unique roadside attractions in all 50 states

  • An attraction in every state

    Ready for a road trip? Plot a quick course to one or more of the nation's most off-center roadside attractions. From graffiti art to grave sites to the World's Oldest Ham, read on for a weird, wacky photo-op in every state!

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  • Alabama - Bird's Farm

    Eight miles north of Demopolis, Ala., in the town of Forkland, motorists enjoy the whimsical hay bale creations of farmer Jim Bird. Along with several other installations, you'll see a 32-foot Tin Man made with bathtubs, a fuel tank and other recycled materials. The collection started in 1993 when Bird’s hay baler went a bit haywire, creating oddball shapes that inspired him to pursue creative endeavors.

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  • Alaska - Igloo City

    In the "how has no one used this place in a horror movie yet?" category, enter Igloo City, an abandoned would-be hotel on the George Parks Highway between Anchorage and Denali. Built in the 1970's, the property fell short on code requirements and never opened to guests. Makes for a great eerie photo-op, though.

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  • Arizona - Standin' on the Corner Park

    When Eagles' co-founder Glenn Frey penned "Take It Easy" with Jackson Browne, it was doubtful either imagined they’d put the town of Winslow, Ariz. on the map, but stranger things have happened. In 1999, Standin’ on the Corner Park was dedicated, with a mural and bronze statue depicting the famous verse. Following Frey’s death in 2016, an additional statue, this one a '70s-era Frey, was added in tribute.

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  • Arkansas - Mammoth Orange Cafe

    This Redfield landmark began its life as "the Big Orange" back in 1966. Its current incarnation, described by one online reviewer as "a very good greasy spoon," serves the usual fare – burgers, shakes, onion rings – but likely does its best work as a kitschy Instagram hot spot.

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  • California - Bigfoot Discovery Museum

    Its enthusiastic directors opened this Felton, Calif. museum in 2004 with a dedicated interest in sharing all the information they had about this elusive simian superstar of cryptozoology. And visitors LOVE it! Director Michael Rugg intrigues guests with artifacts, videos and stories of sightings. Admission is free, donations are encouraged.

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  • Colorado - UFO Watchtower

    This unassuming area of Saguache County had long been frequented by UFO enthusiasts and alien observers. So in 2000, its wise and enterprising landowner decided the platform and on-site campground would be a smashing idea. It was. Visitors enjoy the sweeping 360-degree views for the modest fee of $2 per person or $5 per car. Camping will cost you $10.

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  • Connecticut - Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum

    A seasonal museum – its doors reopen in September – this Bristol attraction honors the classic monsters of early cinema and the performers and effects artists who brought them to life. Authentic props and life-sized figures are among its chief exhibits. In operation since 1966, it bills itself as "the longest-running Halloween attraction in the country."

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  • Delaware - Futuro Home

    Think tiny homes are a new advent? Think again! Back in the '60s and '70s, Futuro Homes were conceived as neat, leisure-based pre-fab homes that would be easy to move. Only a few are left standing and they're scattered around the world. You'll find this one in the town of Milton at Eagle Crest-Hudson Airport. 

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  • Florida - Coral Castle

    Miami is home to what has to be one of the most astonishing creations borne of heartbreak in history. Coral Castle was the remarkable work of Latvian-born Ed Leedskalnin, whose 16-year-old love, Agnes, called off their wedding. To this day, no one knows how the diminutive man managed to sculpt and move more than 1,100 tons of coral rock, but there it is.

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  • Georgia - Goats on the Roof

    What's in a name? In the case of this Tiger, Ga. attraction, pretty much everything. Goats are amusing and quirky and, yes, known to climb. Visitors here can feed them, of course, but also procure Amish gifts, wares and foodstuffs. Goats on the Roof hosts all kinds of events, year-round, as well. 

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  • Hawaii - Phallic Rock (Kaule o Nanahoa)

    The Hawaiian Kaule o Nanahoa translates to "penis of Nanahoa," which makes sense, him being a male fertility god and all. Also known as Phallic Rock, it has been standing erect for ages in what is now Pala'au State Park on Molokai. Perhaps Nanahoa should have read the Cialis fine print before partaking.

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  • Idaho - Oasis Bordello Museum

    The Oasis Bordello Museum in Wallace provides not only a snapshot of the world's oldest profession, but a snapshot of '80s-era fashion.  The fascinating operation was left precisely as it was the night its employees fled in fear of an FBI raid, with mannequins acting as stand-ins.

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  • Illinois - White Squirrels

    White squirrels have become so synonymous with the town of Olney that it has embraced these blindingly bright recessive rodents as mascots of sorts, allowing a small tourism industry to evolve around them. They do a formal count of the critters every fall, but we’d bet they're easiest to spot in spring or summer.

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  • Indiana - RV/MH Hall of Fame

    If you're reading this piece, you might be an avid roadtripper. And if you’re an avid roadtripper, you might just love the city of Elkhart’s funky museum showcasing the many ways in which we've road-tripped over time. The recreational vehicles here date all the way back to the 1930s!

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  • Iowa - Galleria De Paco

    Sarajevo-born artist Paco Rosic's diverse family background helped shape him as an artist, but made life in his homeland that much more dangerous during Yugoslavia's ethnic war of the early '90s. Eventually, they found their way to America, and today, Iowans in Waterloo – and visitors from everywhere – enjoy his phenomenal works while they dine.

    Photo courtesy of Galleria De Paco

  • Kansas - World's Largest Ball of Twine

    Should a gargantuan cat ever find itself in need of a home, we'd send it straight to Kansas, where one of the state's most famous attractions is still growing. Members of the community add to the twine ball every August, and visitors, too, can become a part of history, adding to the massive orb that put Cawker City on the map. 

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  • Kentucky - World's Largest Bourbon Barrel

    Bourbon sampling is on the to-do list of most folks road-tripping through the Bluegrass State. So why not pop into the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown for a taste of their liquor and a photo-op with their enormous cask?

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  • Louisiana - Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum

    This Gibsland museum is located inside what used to be Rosa's Cafe, where the romantic (if felonious) couple had their last meal in 1934. Interesting artifacts, displays and newspapers are there to check out, but the literal roadside attraction is about seven miles away, where a monument marks the site where they died in a hail of police gunfire.

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  • Maine - The Desert of Maine

    A vast, sandy desert amid the green pines of Freeport, Maine? Yes, really. Well, sort of. The Desert of Maine is actually a 40-acre expanse of exposed glacial silt, but that only gives this curiosity – in operation as a tourist attraction since 1925 – some scientific street cred.

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  • Maryland - Elijah Bond's Grave

    Looking to contact a soul from the great beyond? You don't have to bring your Ouija board to Baltimore's Green Mount Cemetery, because the grave of this iconic paranormal toy's earliest patent holder has one built in.

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  • Massachusetts - Emily the Cow

    A powerful symbol for vegetarians, vegans and animal rights activists, this statue memorializes Emily, a cow who became famous after escaping a slaughterhouse and eluding capture for more than a month. She eventually came to live at the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, where a statue marks her grave.

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  • Michigan - Nun Doll Museum

    Whether you find the National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods' collection of 525 dolls and 20 mannequins inspirational, adorable or creepy, it's an undeniably unique museum. In fact, it earned a blessing from Pope John Paul II in 1988 for helping to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. You can find the museum in Indian River.

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  • Minnesota - Big Fish Supper Club

    Casual fans of National Lampoon's Vacation may remember Christie Brinkley in her Ferrari over this Bena resort's 65-foot open-mouthed muskie. But its appearance in the movie burned it into cinematic history and secured its place on the roster of famous roadside attractions billed with the "world’s largest" designation.

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  • Mississippi - Witch of Yazoo's Grave

    For those who dig on the boneyard vibe, Yazoo City's picturesque Glenwood Cemetery (think HBO's True Blood) could be worth visiting all by itself. Add the colorful tale of an old woman wronged and her subsequent revenge, and you’ve got the makings of an old Southern legend passed down through the ages.

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  • Missouri - Leila's Hair Museum

    Billed as the world's only hair museum, this Independence institution is heavy on wreaths and jewelry pieces. Mementos of human hair were popular in Victorian times, and this odd collection numbers in the thousands. The oldest piece in Leila's museum was made in 1680.

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  • Montana - The Sip 'n Dip Lounge

    Much of Montana was once covered by a vast inland sea, which must be the reason you can still find mermaids in Great Falls. The Sip 'n Dip Lounge features a glass wall that separates the bar from the pool of the O'Haire Motor Inn – the charming oasis in which said mermaids frolic.

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  • Nebraska - World's Largest Porch Swing

    The porch swing would be an easy, breezy emblem of idyllic small-town life in America and as such, the town of Hebron is proud of its distinction as Nebraska's Porch Swing Capital. Their oversized swing can hold 32 people and is a favorite spot for wedding photos.

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  • Nevada - International Car Forest of the Last Church

    There's stiff competition in Nevada among roadside attractions. This one, in Goldfield, is among its most interesting. Comprised of more than 40 vehicles in various configurations, the free outdoor exhibition is colorful, inspirational and exceedingly photogenic.

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  • New Hampshire - Madame Sherri's Castle

    Madame Antoinette Sherri was a costume designer from New York who built a glamorous summer home in the Chesterfield woods that now bear her name. A sweeping stone staircase to nowhere is all that remains of the manse, and it seems enchanted – a magical place where faeries might dwell.

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  • New Jersey - Lucy the Elephant

    This beach-borne pachyderm is listed as a National Park Landmark and is a proud part of Margate City's history. Visitors delight in 30-minute tours through "the only elephant you can walk through and come out alive!" Panoramic Jersey Shore views from Lucy's back are a highlight of the experience.

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  • New Mexico - Recycled Roadrunner

    Meep, meep! Las Cruces' beautiful recycled roadrunner sculpture, an imposing piece by artist Olin Calk, first arrived on the scene in 1993. It stood at the city landfill – apt, since its parts and pieces were scavenged therefrom. It got a makeover in 2001, however, and moved to its current location on I-10 where it makes a stellar roadside photo-op.

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  • New York - World's Largest Kaleidoscope

    Most of us remember fondly the colorful, tumbling objects inside the kaleidoscopes we played with as children. The one at Mount Tremper, N.Y.'s Emerson Resort & Spa is a whopper, though. At 56 feet tall and 38 feet in diameter, it has been certified by Guinness as the World's Largest.

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  • North Carolina - Reminiscing (Giant Legs of Henderson)

    It's a pretty leggy (and cheeky!) art installation for a country road in Henderson, N.C., but there you have it. Entitled "Reminiscing" and reportedly inspired by Marilyn Monroe's gams, the large bushes at the center don’t do much to suppress the adolescent jokes.

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  • North Dakota - Wee'l Turtle

    The town of Dunseith is nestled into North Dakota's Turtle Mountains, so the Wee'l Turtle, made up of more than 2,000 steel rims, makes sense as a massive, upcycled objet d’art. Its head alone weighs in at more than a ton.

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  • Ohio - Troll Hole Museum

    A colorful and odd attraction in the city of Alliance, the Troll Hole pays homage to all things troll, from ancient folklore to the modern-day toys that line the cubicle wall of your odd-but-lovable co-worker. Pairs nicely, if in sharp contrast, with a visit to the nearby Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Photo courtesy of The Troll Hole Museum

  • Oklahoma - Spider VW Bug

    This whimsical creation, like something from a Tim Burton stop-motion feature, combines the charm of the iconic VW Beetle with the dark, spindly silhouette of a 15-foot-tall brown recluse or black widow. Incidentally, both of these spiders are found in Oklahoma, so stay out of the basements while you're in Lexington!

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  • Oregon - The Original Pronto Pup

    Ride the corn dog! It could be the town of Rockaway Beach's battle cry. Corn dogs were invented here in Oregon and the Pronto Pup original location boasts not only the World's Largest Corn Dog, but the World's First Mechanical Riding Corn Dog. Grab your batter-dipped dog and hop in the saddle for a Snapchat post to inspire endless snarky captions from your friends.

    Photo courtesy of The Original Pronto Pup

  • Pennsylvania - Koontz Coffee Pot

    Sadly, you can't get coffee at Bedford's 18-foot coffee pot like you could back in 1927, when it was attached to a café-gas station. Nor a beer, which you might have swilled 10 years later when it became a bar. These days, thanks to locals bent on its preservation, though, you can still get a picture in front of it. It was restored in 2004.

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  • Rhode Island - Carey Mansion

    Old-timers and fans of the '60's Dark Shadows TV series (which enjoyed a decent Ben Cross-led revival in 1991, followed by a dismal Johnny Depp film in 2012) may recognize the Carey Mansion, which served as the fictional home of vampire Barnabas Collins. Rhode Islanders know it as the last of this city's great "summer cottages."  It's private, so don't expect to explore its dark corners.

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  • South Carolina - The Peachoid

    South Carolina is a leading peach producer (ahead of Georgia, behind California), which is what the Peachoid water tower, built in Gaffney in 1981, is supposed to signify. Gaffney hosts an annual Peach Festival, as a matter of fact. The Peachoid got a pop culture bump with an appearance in the popular Netflix series House of Cards.

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  • South Dakota - Art Alley

    Nestled between 6th and 7th Streets in Rapid City, Art Alley – the art of which changes constantly as new images appear over old – is a colorful corridor of culture in the Mount Rushmore State, where the most popular attraction has to be considered the untouchable Holy Grail of tagging locations.

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  • Tennessee - Jack Daniel's Grave

    Easily one of Lynchburg's favorite sons, Jack Daniel died in 1911. There's debate over whether the safe in his office or an infection that came after he kicked it in anger killed him, but his final resting place at the Lynchburg City Cemetery is certain. It's a favorite place for fans to swill for a photo-op.

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  • Texas - Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum

    It is neither the Alamo nor the Riverwalk, but rest assured that Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum in San Antonio is flush with fans. (Yeah, we went there.) Smith, a former plumber, turned 97 in 2018, and his book, King of the Commode: Barney Smith & His Toilet Seat Art Museum, was released in May. The museum is free, but by appointment only. Call ahead.  

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  • Utah - Beehive Kilns

    The Frisco mining operation in Beaver County was booming back in the 1870s.  Its charcoal kilns, which extracted the metal from the ore, are among the only things left in this genuine Wild West ghost town. Visitors say they still smell smoky.  

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  • Vermont - World's Tallest File Cabinet

    An ideal attraction for fans of Dilbert, this towering art installation in Burlington was built in 2002 by local architect Bren Alvarez. Eleven metal cabinets, 38 drawers, it reaches some four stories into the sky. A steel rod serves as an invisible spine. Its official name is "File Under So, Co., Waiting for…,"

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  • Virginia - World's Oldest Ham

    In 2018, the World's Oldest Ham, a treasured artifact at the Isle of Wight County Museum in Smithfield, was 3-D scanned in celebration of its 116th birthday. Now visitors can take home 3-D-printed models. No word on whether they are more or less edible than the original.

    Photo courtesy of World's Oldest Ham

  • Washington - Nutty Narrows Bridge

    Whether billed as the World's Narrowest Bridge or the World's Narrowest Animal Crossing, Longview's Nutty Narrows was built in 1963 as a sky bridge for road-crossing squirrels, many of whom were losing the battle against traffic on Olympia Way. It is 60 feet long and, adorably, designed to look like a petite suspension bridge.

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  • West Virginia - Mothman Statue

    The Mothman legend, born in Point Pleasant in 1966, has spawned books, movies, a museum and festival among other things with tales of a tall, red-eyed creature, something like a man – but with wings. Some tales simply tell of the creature, while others depict him as a harbinger of bad things to come. Either way, the 12-foot statue's pretty darn cool.

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  • Wisconsin - World's Largest Six-Pack

    Laverne and Shirley toiled happily as employees at Milwaukee's Shotz Brewery, but it's LaCrosse that holds the distinction of being home to the storage tanks painted to look like a six-pack. Built in the 1960s by the G. Heileman Brewery, today the cans bear the name of LaCrosse Lager.

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  • Wyoming - World's Largest Elkhorn Arch

    This rustic and lovely structure, spanning the four lanes of Afton's Main Street, is comprised of some 3,000 elk antlers. The 18-foot arch was completed in 1958 for $2,500. The Star Valley Chamber of Commerce estimates that today, the antlers alone would cost over $300,000.

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