It’s time to hit the highway for a summer road trip. And there’s plenty to see on America’s roads.
Here are 10 wacky roadside attractions worth checking out:
The Thing? has been fascinating and creeping people out for decades. Located off of exit 322 on Interstate 10, in Tucson, Arizona, The Thing? museum features such items as a mummified mother with her child and a stuffed armadillo holding a beer.
Wall, South Dakota
The Wall Drug Store, known simply as Wall Drug, is a world-famous tourist attraction located in the town of Wall, South Dakota From its beginnings as a drug store offering free ice water, Wall Drug has grown into a cowboy-themed shopping mall and department store that includes a western art museum, chapel, and an 80-foot Apatosaurus dinosaur.
This graveyard of 10 Cadillac cars dating from 1949 to 1963 was constructed in 1974 by three artists, Hudson Marquez, Doug Michels, and Chip Lord (collectively known as Ant Farm). Located on Interstate 40, outside of Amarillo, Texas, visitors are encouraged to bring paint, markers, or any other medium they like to add to the cars’ graffiti and become part of the ongoing conversation.
This 42-foot-tall extraterrestrial airport is located on Highway 29, east of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Welder Bob Tohak is the owner of the landing port, which is a steel landing platform outlined in blue lights attached to the top of a fuel tank turned upright.
Las Vegas, Nevada
This atomic testing museum documents the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site in the desert north of Las Vegas. Exhibits include radiation testing devices, Native American artifacts from around the test area, pop culture memorabilia related to the atomic age, and equipment used in testing.
In 1922, Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer who designed machines that make paper clips, began building his Rockport summer home out of newspaper as a hobby. Everything in this house, except the framework, floorboards, and shingles, is made out of pasted, coated, or rolled newspapers.
Margate, New Jersey
She stands 65 feet tall and is listed on the National Park Registry of Historical Landmarks. She’s Lucy, a giant wood and tin elephant created by James V. Lafferty in 1882. Lucy the Elephant holds the title of “America’s oldest roadside attraction.”
Natural Bridge, Virginia
Located in the woods near the Natural Bridge of Virginia, Escape from Dinosaur Kingdom depicts a dinosaur attack on the Union Army in what could best be described as Jurassic Park meets the Civil War.
Dillon, South Carolina
Get a little bit of Mexico in ... South Carolina? South of the Border is a roadside motel, restaurant, shopping, and fireworks complex. Eye-catching signs on Interstate 95 start at least a hundred miles away to build anticipation for the well-known tourist attraction.
Located on U.S. Highway 1, this home and monument was the work of Edward Leedskalnin over a period of 28 years. The grounds of Coral Castle consist of 1,000 tons of stones in the form of walls, carvings, furniture, and a castle tower. The structure is considered mysterious by some who have claimed that Leedskalnin constructed the castle using some unknown form of science.
Author: Darice Britt