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Roadside Attractions

Learn about the amazing roadside attractions that came into fashion during the height of our nation's fascination with the Great American Road Trip

  • Worlds Biggest Roadside Attractions
    The world's biggest roadside attractions run the gamut from a huge artichoke in California to a giant chest of drawers in North Carolina. The appeal of being the biggest was successful in attracting customers from far away places. Learn more.
  • 12 Strange Tourist Attractions
    From corn palaces to giant balls of twine, this world has plenty of strange, quirky tourist attractions. Some of our favorites are on this list.
  • 13 Vintage Businesses on Historic Route 66
    Route 66 the mother road is dotted with saloons motels and kitschy pit stops. Learn about the vintage businesses along historic Route 66 including the Cozy Dog Drive-In and the Buckingham Fountain.
  • 22 Romantic Kissing Spots in America
    What makes a place romantic enough to inspire a long passionate kiss? Being together in beauty -- whether in a natural setting or a creation of the human imagination -- can certainly help affections flow freely.
  • 6 Peculiar Museums in the United States
    Some museums display fine art -- others opt for replica electric chairs. The unusual museums on our list showcase peculiar items from history and culture that you won’t soon forget.
  • 8 Quirky Festivals in North America
    Festivals such as the Rattlesnake Roundup and Secret City Festival are held every year. Learn about eight quirky festivals in North America including the Secret City Festival and Frozen Dead Guys Days.
  • Paranormal and Other Strange Roadside Attractions
    They’re the anti-museums: roadside attractions so puzzling we ask "why was this created?" But that's exactly what so many tourists are looking for in the Information Age: things that boggle the mind not enrich it.
  • Roadside Statues
    Roadside statues are delightful vacation diversions. These larger-than-life creations were known for putting small unknown towns on the maps of every highway traveler. Learn about some of America's most popular roadside statues.

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