Hitting the road during for an epic road trip is always a great idea — especially when you’re on summer break. Whether you’re going a few miles or traveling North America from east to west, there is so much to do and see. There’s especially no shortage of quirky and unique destinations for you to pull over and stretch your legs at. These are our favorite weirdest roadside attractions you absolutely must put on your map this summer.
Spend Summer Break Checking Out These 6 Unique Roadside Attractions
- World’s Largest Ball of Twine — Cawker City, Kansas
The name pretty much says it all: it’s a giant ball of twine. But here’s the kicker — it isn’t really the biggest. The competition is apparently fierce in the twine ball world, and in Darwin, Minnesota is the largest twine ball… rolled by one person. Why not see both and decide which one is best?
- Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail and Museum — Weldon Spring, Missouri
Sure, it’s a little morbid to think about, but you’ll be entertained for at least an hour or two on this outdoor path and museum. It chronicles a shutdown nuclear waste site from World War II and educates the public on what the dangers of atomic weapon manufacturing.
- Fountain of Youth — Lewes, Delaware
You probably don’t need it now, so stopping here isn’t a necessity unless you’re interested in folklore and a bit of weird mystery. Legend has it that the fountain was discovered by Dutch colonists in the 1600’s, but after it was given designation three hundred years later, the well went dry. Even the shell used to drink from the fountain is missing.
- Cadillac Ranch — Amarillo, Texas
You’ve probably seen the iconic pictures of this attraction, so why not check it out? You’ll feel better about yourself knowing that it’s a work of art created by an art group called the Ant Farm. The artists took old cadillacs, spray painted them, and then placed them so that they are at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza.
- World’s Only Corn Palace — Mitchell, South Dakota
From afar, it looks a bit like an old-world palace for a duke or king. But in real life, it’s a structure in which, yearly, someone painstakingly glues corn, wheat, grass, and other agriculture to the outside. Every year is a different theme, so you can always come back for more.
- Lucy the Elephant — Margate, New Jersey
This elephant is a bit more impressive than ones you’d see at a zoo. At six-stories tall and built in the 1880s, it is not only a giant, but it is the oldest roadside attraction in the United States. It went from being a restaurant, viewpoint, marketing ploy, and even a summer home. Today, you can still climb aboard.
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