Everyone dreams of hopping in the car at some point and just seeing all of America! Every state has its thrills and eccentricities, and it's the fascinating roadside stops that really make a trip memorable! So, what are the weirdest roadside attractions in each state?
Well, there's quite a bit to go through per state...so we took care of that for you! Because of travelers, attractions and even whole towns would crop up along the highway where people stop to rest. And that's where you'll find the best (and weirdest) things to see!
From oversized spuds to fantastical museums, there's something unique and so personal to each state at these weird roadside attractions.
Alabama - Ave Maria Grotto
via: GettyHunchbacked Benedictine monk Brother Joseph constructed his beloved four-acre roadside attraction using trash and cement! There are over 125 individual grottos in this stunning site.
Alaska - The World's Largest Santa
via: ShutterstockAlaskans want to make extra sure that every Christmas is merry to the max. And no Alaskans more so than those living in the town of North Pole, which is overlooked by a 42-foot-tall Santa statue!
Arizona - London Bridge
via: ShutterstockThat's right, the original London Bridge isn't even in London--it's in Lake Havasu, Arizona, of all places. It was built over the London Thames in the 1830s, but then dismantled and brought to Arizona in 1967...and no, it's not going to fall down!
Arkansas - Christ of the Ozarks
via: GettyArkansas is officially home to the third-tallest Jesus in the world! Reminiscent of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, this Arkansas statue stands 66 feet tall for any who wish to view it.
California - The Winchester Mystery House
via: GettyThis oddity is great for all those fans of the paranormal! Built on the instruction of Sarah Winchester, heir to the family's fortune (made from the manufacture and sale of guns), the house was built to help her escape the ghosts of every person killed by her family's rifles. And yeah, that's a lot of ghosts to dodge, which is why the house is 160 rooms of nonsensical architecture!
Colorado - Herkimer, the World's Largest Beetle
via: GettyHerkimer was erected as a tourist trap, specifically to draw people to the May Museum of the Tropics. Even if you don't want to go there, you can still marvel at the sheer size of this West Indian Hercules Beetle!
Connecticut - The Glass HouseThis work of architecture from Philip Johnson was erected in the 1940s, and is now a National Historic Landmark! It offers tours May through November, and it's a pretty popular tourist spot.
Delaware - The Fountain of Youth
via: ShutterstockYeah, you'd think the fabled fountain of youth would be somewhere remarkable, somewhere remote and wild like an island in the ocean or a hidden cave in the mountains. Nope. It's right there in Lewes, Delaware.
Florida - Weeki Wachee
via: GettyWeeki Wachee, Florida is where you go to see an actual mermaid! These performers have been putting on mermaid shows since 1947, and officially trained "mermaids" do three 15-minute shows per day.
Georgia - Doll's Head Trail
via: GettyApparently, deep in the heart of Georgia is a trail of nightmares! Constitution Lakes Park in Georgia has a two-and-a-half-mile hike on which carpenter Joel Slaton arranged the pieces of dolls and other junk he'd find in the woods, making a creepy curated path of dirty doll heads to follow.
Hawaii - Volcano Steam Vents
via: GettyWhy pay for a steam facial when you can just hop out of the car and stick your face over one of these vents on Hawaii's Crater Rim drive? The Kilauea volcano needs a place to let off its steam, and this is the spot!
Idaho - The Spud Drive-In Theatre
Illinois - World's Largest Catsup Bottle
via: GettyAnd no, this isn't just a 170-foot catsup bottle looming over Collinsville, Illinois. It's also a working water tower! Now, the real question: why is it called a "catsup" bottle?!
Indiana - World's Largest Ball of Paint
Iowa - Albert the Bull
Kansas - World's Largest Ball of Twine
Kentucky - Dinosaur World
Louisiana - Mardi Gras WorldIf you can't make Louisiana's actual Mardi Gras celebration, there's always the next best thing. This strange New Orleans warehouse is filled with old Mardi Gras decor and floats, so you can get the feel of the holiday even if you aren't part of it!
Maine - International Cryptozoology Museum
Maryland - National Museum of Health and Medicine
Massachusetts - Paper House
via: GettyThis one is pretty self-explanatory; it's a house entirely constructed with newspapers! Ellis Stenman ended up building this strange place in 1922, using over 10,000 newspapers in the process.
Michigan - World's Largest Tire
Minnesota - The Jolly Green Giant
via: ShutterstockBecause of course this well-know vegetable mascot is standing guard over his town of origin! And he'll remind you to eat your veggies.
Mississippi - Mammy's Cupboard
via: GettyThis roadside dive serves classic southern fare, although it was involved in a spot of political controversy in the 1960s, it continues to give customers a true Mississippi dining experience.
Missouri - World's Largest 20th Century Pecan
Montana - 50000 Silver $ Bar
Nebraska - Carhenge
via: GettyThere's a Stonehenge made of cars in Nebraska, with absolutely none of the age and mystique of the original Stonehenge...but it still draws in plenty of visitors every year! Founder Jim Reinders set it up in 1987 and painted all the cars grey--so it's identical to the old Stonehenge. Right?!
Nevada - Goldwell Open Air Museum
via: ShutterstockJust outside the ghost town Rhyolite is an odd little open-air museum, famous for its setup of statues emulating The Last Supper. There are other sculptures in the area too, but the haunting Last Supper arrangement is easily the most photographed!
New Hampshire - USS Albacore
via: ShutterstockFor New Hampshire, apparently the best place to store an active, important submarine is...right in a ditch on the side of the road! According to its curators, keeping it on the side of US 1 and I-95 is cheaper to insure than keeping it in the water.
New Jersey - Lucy the Elephant
via: GettyWhile yes, there have been plenty of big roadside animals on this list, Lucy the elephant came before all of them. She's a six-story elephant built in 1881, and she can withstand pretty much anything at this point!
New Mexico - The Four Corners
via: GettyIf you can make it over to this plaque, technichally you won't just be at a roadside attraction in New Mexico--you'll be standing in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah all at the same time! (Well, mostly. The actual intersection is about 1,800 feet away from the plaque, but shhh. Just let yourself have it.)
New York - World's Largest Kaleidoscope
North Carolina - World's Largest Chest of Drawers
North Dakota - The Enchanted Highway
via: GettyNorth Dakota's attraction isn't one roadside thing; it's a 32-mile stretch of highway dotted with huge sculptures crafted from scrap metal! This attraction certainly makes a monotonous car ride more interesting.
Ohio - The World's Largest Basket
via: ShutterstockIt's the world's largest basket, and it's also a place of work! People actually go there every day, 9 to 5, because this basket doubles as an office building.
Oklahoma - The Blue Whale
via: GettyThis must be one of the strangest romantic gifts, but it attracts plenty of viewers! The Blue Whale was a present from a husband to his wife, and then it became the main event for an attraction built up around it, The Animal Reptile Kingdom.
Oregon - Grants Pass CavemanGrants Pass, Oregon, truly loves its caveman mascot; we may not know where it came from, but we know it's there to stay. When some teens burnt it down in 2004, the town had it back up in under a year!
Pennsylvania - Where the Ducks Walk on the Fish
via: ShutterstockThat sounds like some artistic name, but it's really not: in Pymatuning State Park, the water is so tightly packed with carp that the ducks and seagulls there walk right on top of them to get from one place to another!
Rhode Island - The Fantastic Umbrella Company
South Carolina - World's Largest Fire Hydrant
South Dakota - Petrified Wood Park
Tennessee - The Parthenon
via: ShutterstockUnfortunately, not all of us have the time or funds to take a vacation to Athens, Greece, to explore the actual Parthenon. So, Tennessee has a roadside full-scale replica of the legendary building for people to explore instead!
Texas - Beer Can House
Utah - Hole N" The Rock
via: ShutterstockUtah's US Highway 191 doesn't have traditional 'rest stops.' It has the Hole N" The Rock, a 5,000-square-foot home carved into the red rock by the road and containing a trading post, general store, art collection, and more! Sounds way more refreshing than a regular rest stop too, huh?
Vermont - A gorilla and its Volkswagon Beetle
Virginia - Foamhenge
Washington - Fremont Troll
via: ShutterstockDo you know the old fairy tales of a troll living under a bridge? Well, one really does live under the Aurora Bridge in Seattle, Washington! Although luckily, this guy doesn't climb up and demand a toll from everyone who walks over it.
West Virginia - Mothman Statue
via: ShutterstockIt's imperative to make a stop in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, home of the infamous Mothman legend! A shadowy Mothman was once said to have terrorized the town in the '60s, although now, he's more or less the Point Pleasant mascot--and this statue of him proves it.
Wisconsin - Upside-down White House
Wyoming - Giant Abraham Lincoln head
via: ShutterstockHighway I-80 in Laramie, Wyoming has a huge 13-foot head of President Abraham Lincoln looking out over the drivers that go there. Not that Wyoming has any kind of special connection to the 16th president--they just seem really proud of that sculpted head! Which of these roadside attractions would you most like to visit? Share the story with your friends and get planning a road trip of your own!