by Lydia Schrandt for USA TODAY 10Best

Northeast US: Best roadside attractions

With the popularity of road tripping and RV travel on the rise, we’re taking a closer look at the American institution that is roadside attractions by highlighting one in each state. Here are the best in the Northeast.

Connecticut - PEZ Visitor Center

Stop in Orange to see the world’s largest collection of PEZ memorabilia in a 4,000-square-foot facility. Highlights include the world’s largest PEZ dispenser.

Maine - Desert of Maine

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Outside of Freeport, you’ll find some 40 acres of sand dunes and silt known as the Desert of Maine. This oddity was the result of poor crop rotation that made the land unfarmable.

Massachusetts - Ponyhenge

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A pasture outside of Lincoln is home to a growing herd of old rocking horses and plastic ponies. Ponyhenge continues to grow and evolve, so it never looks the same way twice.

New Hampshire - Chutters Candy Store

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Stock up on road trip goodies at the World’s Longest Candy Counter in Littleton. It features more than 500 types of sweet treats.

New Jersey - Lucy the Elephant

At 65 feet tall, Lucy the Elephant was built in 1881 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, due to her distinction as one of the oldest surviving zoomorphic buildings and roadside attractions in the country.

New York - Kaatskill Kaleidoscope

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A former silo at Riseley Flats Farm was transformed into a 60-foot-tall, 37.5-feet-in-diameter kaleidoscope, the largest in the world.

Pennsylvania - Haines Shoe House

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This shoe-shaped house was built in 1948 by Mahlon Haines, modeled after a high-topped work shoe. Originally a guesthouse, today it serves as an ice cream shop that also offers tours.

Rhode Island - Big Blue Bug

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In 1980, New England Pest Control moved into a new building in Providence along I-95 and decided to put a steel and fiberglass 58-foot-long, 4,000-pound Big Blue Bug on their roof.

Vermont - Whale Dance

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Artist Jim Sardonis designed and installed a pair of whale tails off Interstate 89. Fossils of ancient beluga whales have been found throughout Vermont, which was underwater during the Paleozoic Era.

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