Top 10 Roadside Attractions in the USA

The USA is full of roadside attractions from Massachusetts all the way to California. You can check out oddities like Milk bottle or elephant buildings as well as the world's largest thermometer or ketchup bottle. Whether dinosaurs, Cadillacs or trolls are your thing there is a spot out there for you to plan a road trip around. If you are looking to take a road trip then you need to consider any of these unique destinations to include in your next trip. Pack your car with some delicious snacks and get the map ready, because you are bound to see something unique.

1: Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
Photo Courtesy: Richie Diesterheft
Located along Route 66 west of Amarillo Texas, you will find a very inspiring roadside display of Cadillacs. Invented by a group of art-hippies, the ranch was spearheaded by billionaire Stanly Marsh III. Here you will find ten junker Cadillacs half buried nose-down in the ground and painted in day-glo paint. When you are here make sure to bring your own can of spray paint so you can make your mark on the Caddies. Don't forget to take a bunch of photo ops too.

Address: Amarillo, TX 79124


2: Carhenge, Nebraska

Carhenge, Nebraska
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Tyler Merbler
Carhenge is a striking structure located in the western edge of the Sandhills in Nebraska. It consists of a circle of cars and three standing trilithons within the circle. This was formed from vintage American automobiles and is currently one of the top attractions for people who are passing through Nebraska.

Address: 2151 Co Rd 59, Alliance, NE 69301


3: The Fremont Troll, Seattle, Washington

The Fremont Troll, Seattle, Washington
In 1989, the Fremont Arts Council was challenged by the local government to do something about the area under the Aurora Bridge. What came about was a huge troll monument that is dedicated to Fremont's popular Troll legend. Make sure to drop by here during the annual Trolloween to experience terror and fear like you have never experienced before.

Address: 3405 Troll Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103


4: Cabazon Dinosaurs, Cabazon, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs, Cabazon, California
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Matt J Carbone
Have you always been fascinated by dinosaurs? Make sure to check out the world's biggest dinosaur display at the Cabazon Dinosaurs Park. Take a photo with Mr. Rex which is a towering three story concrete beast or climb up D inny, the 150 foot long Apato.

Address: 50800 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, CA 92230


5: Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota

Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota
Do you want to know more about one of the staple ingredients in your food? Visit the Corn Palace in South Dakota where you get to explore and discover everything that you need to know about where corn came from and how they are processed. Visit the Corn Museum to explore galleries of interactive displays and drop by the Gift Store for a souvenir or two to take home with you.

Address: 601 N Main St, Mitchell, SD 57301


6: Lucy the Elephant, Margate, New Jersey

Lucy the Elephant, Margate, New Jersey
Located along the beach in Josephine Harron Park in Margate, New Jersey, the world's greatest elephant stands strong, beautiful and picturesque for just about anyone who would want to take a lovely photo op. You will get to climb a spiral staircase inside Lucy and you will get to learn more about her and the rest of the park during the guided tours.

Address: 9200 Atlantic Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402


7: Hood Milk Bottle, Boston, Massachusetts

Hood Milk Bottle, Boston, Massachusetts
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This 40-foot tall structure is located right beside the Boston Children's Museum. Here you can enjoy a scoop of creamy ice cream and some snacks to nourish your hungry stomachs. Also make sure to have a group photo in front of the gigantic milk bottle.

Address: 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210


8: World's Largest Basket Building, Newark, Ohio

World's Largest Basket Building, Newark, Ohio
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia/Derek Jensen
Founded in 1973 by Dave Longaberger, his basket making business has grown to become what it is now, America's premier provider of high quality handcrafted baskets. To honor the company's core product, the founders decided to transform their entire office into the shape of a gigantic basket. A trip to Newark, Ohio would not be complete without several shots of the basket as well as a visit to their store.

Address: 1500 East Main St., Newark, OH


9: World's Tallest Thermometer, Baker, California

World's Tallest Thermometer, Baker, California
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Kent Buckingham
Standing 134 feet tall, this monument located at the Death Valley, California's high desert. In 1991, successful businessman Will Herron paid Young Electric Sign Co. to come up with this majestic thermometer as a tribute to the world's highest recorded temperature which is at 134 degrees Fahrenheit.

Address: 72155 Baker Blvd, Baker, CA 92309


10: World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Collinsville, Illinois

World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Collinsville, Illinois
Standing proud and majestic next to Route 59, this 170 feet tall water tower is one of the most visited attractions in Illinois. It was built in 1949 by the W.E Caldwell Company and was restored again in 1995 after attempts at demolishing it. In 2002 it was registered in America's National Register of Historic Places which is why this is one of the best roadside attractions that you should not miss.

Address: 800 S Morrison Ave, Collinsville, IL 62234


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