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Unique & Break-Worthy United States Roadside Attractions

Unique & Break-Worthy United States Roadside Attractions

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There is nothing like a good old road trip, especially when you’re not pressed for time so you can check out some of the Unique & Break-Worthy United States Roadside Attractions.  Seriously, there are some pretty wickedly-weird, but totally cool roadside attractions in the US. 

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Here are a few of our favorite break-worth US Roadside Attractions:

  • The Tin Mam – If you’re every driving through Alabama make sure and see if you’re traveling anywhere close to the Tin Man sculpture that is on Jim Bird’s Farm close to Demopolis, AL.  The Tin Man is 32 incredible feet tall and metal, he is created out of hay bales and you can find him traveling on US 43 between Demopolis and Eutaw, Alabama.
  • Mr. Peanut – Everyone knows Mr. Peanut, but did you know that the Platers Company in Fort Smith, Arkansas has a HUGE 30 foot tall Mr. Peanut in front of their processing plant?  Oh yes, if you’re traveling down Planters Rd in Fort Smith Arkansas be sure to swing by for a quick photo with Mr. Peanut! 
  • Igloo City – If you’re ever near Denali National Park you’ll want to stop and check out Igloo City, it’s over 150 miles outside of Anchorage in Cantwell Alaska located on George Parks Highway and is a FOUR story concrete igloo that’s said to have been used as a hotel in the 60s, but that’s just hearsay.  Regardless, if you’re vacationing in Alaska it’s one of the many things you’ll want to see.
  • Wells Dinosaur Haven – Want to see more than 35 hand build dinosaur sculptures from 1981?  You’ll have to be in in Uncasville Connecticut and call before you get there because this is a private display in a backyard, but it’s worth the stop, one of the displays is a 40 foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex who goes by the name of Mandy. 
  • Giant Doctors Bag which includes a Stethoscope – Yes, isn’t that cool?  You can see this giant Doctors Bag and Stethoscope on Stanton Christina Road in Newark Delaware.  The bag is a steel sculpture and created by a man by the name of Willy Ferguson who’s a Staunton VA artist known for his HUGE artwork.  This giant Doctors bag can be seen in front of Apex Medical Center. 
  • Janzen Diving Girl – WOW, this 19-foot long girl has been stuck in her diving pose since 1965 and can be found stuck in her diving pose today in Daytona Beach Florida.

Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado

  • Royal Gorge Bridge – If you’re looking for things to do in Colorado you can’t beat visiting the Royal Gorge Bridge!  It’s 1.270 feet in length and will support 2 million pounds, made of 1000 tons of steel and 150 feet high.  The Royal Gorge Bridge is awesome, but don’t forget your camera.
  • Pineapple Maze – Located in beautiful Hawaii this maze is stretched over three acres, includes over two miles of paths, and 14,000, colorful Hawaiian plants.  To see the world largest maze you’ll need to be in Wahiawa Hawaii.
  • Albert the Bull – This giant Herford Bull has been standing tall since 1964 and can be found in Audubon Iowa. 
  • Dixie Cup Water Tower – I don’t know if I have told any of you how excited I am to be moving to Kentucky, but I am!  I mean who wouldn’t want to live in a state with a HUGE Dixie Cup Water Tower right, it sure beats those big ugly things.  You can find this huge cup water tower in Lexington Kentucky. 
  • Mattapoisett Seahorse – This seahorse has been standing tall since the 40s and can be found in Mattapoisett Massachusetts, if you’re ever in the area you might want to swing by and check out this awesome seahorse who’s coated with fiberglass that a blue eye that lights up at night.  Jolly Green Giant – Yes, this giant stands over 55 amazing feet tall and stands tall in Blue Earth Minnesota!  Totally worth seeing if you’re in the area, but at 55 feet tall he might be hard to miss if you’re in the area, lol.
  • Shoe House – If you are ever in York Pennsylvania you might want to check out the molded Shoe House which was built by a shoe salesman in 1948!
  • Longaberger Basket Building – Yes, this is a basket-shaped corporate headquarters that’s been around since 1007, is an exact replica of Longaberger Baskets medium-sized picnic baskets, but the building is made of steel and stucco and can be found in Newark Ohio. 
  • The Jackalope – Growing up I loved trying to do the voice of The Jackalope rabbit from American’s Funniest Videos, but I had no idea until recently there was a HUGE Jackalope in Douglas Wyoming. 
  • Dinosaur Park – This place has been around since 1936 and can be found in Rapid City South Dakota.  You’ll find several awesome dinosaurs like a Brontosaurus that is 80 feet long and 28 feet high, T-Rex that stands 16 feet high and 35 feet long.  Be sure to stop if you are in the area or looking for things to do in South Dakota.
  • Giant Cootie Statue – I want to see this huge Cootie Statue in Virginia so bad.  Did you know its 15 feet tall and was a float in the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving parade back in 1975?  Yes, you can find the Cootie Statue in Caverns Virginia.
  • Stone Diamondback Rattlesnake – Can you believe I have lived in New Mexico for most of my life and never been to see the almost 0.2-mile rock sculpture of a rattlesnake in Albuquerque, New Mexico?  I used to live In Albuquerque, so I know I have had to, at one point drove passed it.  How in the world does one miss a massive Rattlesnake sculpture I don’t know, but I did, probably because I was too focused on all the other exciting things to do in Albuquerque, New Mexico lol.

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As you can imagine this is only a start to an ongoing list of unique roadside attractions, there is plenty more we didn’t list, some from every state.  If you’re planning a road trip or just planning on visiting a new area for a bit be sure to do your research for all the unique attractions in the area, I often enjoy the off the road and radar attractions more than the huge amusement parks. 

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What are some of the coolest United States roadside attractions you have experienced or want to experience?  

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Jenn

I have a smart mouth, don't sit still well, extremely opinionated, have a lot to say, work hard, love lots, don't have time for drama, or negativity. I love animals, & my job as a New Mexico mom blogger! I love sharing travel adventures, tech gadgets, recipes, parenting struggles (success), crafts, helpful tips, giveaways and sweepstakes, product reviews, and more.  I have amazing 4 children, and have an amazing boyfriend. On my downtime, you'll find me spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, geeking out on tech, plotting the next home improvement, create crafts with the kids, and riding my horses We are plotting our move to greener pastures, with trees, and stuff. Connect with me on Google + Page.

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17 Comments

  1. Edna Williams November 8, 2015

    What a great article! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. David Fultner September 29, 2015

    I have always enjoyed the trip as much as the destinations.

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  3. Janel September 29, 2015

    Royal Gorge Bridge looks really interesting, I’d love to go one day.

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  4. Miles Imhoff September 28, 2015

    Don’t forget South of the Border, South Carolina 🙂

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  5. rupsxo September 24, 2015

    Such a great list! Never even realized all of these places exist.

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  6. Maddy September 21, 2015

    We love road tripping and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t ever seen ONE of these attractions. Thanks to you and this post, though, now we have some goals to work towards! You have definitely been to a lot of states…pretty rad!

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  7. Shannon September 19, 2015

    I want to see all of these especially the dinosaurs. How fun.

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  8. randyfulgham September 17, 2015

    WOW-I never heard of some of these–thanks for sharing

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  9. susan hartman September 15, 2015

    Makes me want to rent a trailer and get going! What a fun list!

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  10. Henk Holveck September 11, 2015

    Love these unknowns!

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  11. David Fultner September 11, 2015

    Wow I have not been to any of these sites. They sound fun though.

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  12. slehan September 10, 2015

    I’ve seen the Jackalope and have visited Royal Gorge many times – great place to visit.
    slehan at juno dot com

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  13. judi September 9, 2015

    I love this country! Someday I want to drive and see all of the major sites in the US.

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  14. Lauryn R September 6, 2015

    I’ll have to put these on my bucket list for when I get older and travel, how fun! I really want to see the Pineapple Maze!

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  15. Linda Manns September 6, 2015

    This sounds like a womderful time. I would love to load my family up in a camper for a month or two and enjoy the beauty of the US. I really enjoyed this article. Thank you so much for sharing

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  16. Mai Tran September 5, 2015

    What a great list! I’d love to visit all of them some day. I’m most excited for Dinosaur Park.

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    1. Jenn September 5, 2015

      YES, there is certainly some pretty cool roadside attractions out there.

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