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Top 10 roadside highlights in America

Posted on October 13, 2010 | Top 108 Comments

When it is summer, families like to go on long road trips. Now, even this trip is fun in itself as it is not only exciting, but is also full of unique and bizarre attractions. These highlights convince us to stop for a while and marvel at what the odd, but admirable brainchild of the various artists has to offer for free. So, to make your road trip memorable, here is the list of top 10 roadside highlights in America.

Superman Museum – Illinois

Also called as ‘The Superman Hall of Trophies’, the museum is built in honor of the Superman.

Nestled in the middle of Metropolis, it holds statuaries, trophies, and relics of the steel man. The owner of the museum is Mr. Jim Hambrick whose best hobby is to collecting the Superman memorabilia. He has been doing so since 1959 and now has collected more than 100,000 Superman related objects of which 20,000 are showcased here. Check out for Superman statue that possesses a globe of Krypton in air and the original device of special effects that made him to fly on TV. Just out of the museum, you can see a giant monument to the hero that is just fine for a family photo.

Superman Museum

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox – Minnesota

Situated in Bemidji, this is the checked-shirted, giant statue of Paul Bunyan. This 2.5 ton idol was made by the towns’ folk in 1937. Until 1939, the Ox, Paul’s true companion was the highlight of the Minnesota carnivals. Mr. Paul was born at the shores of Lake Bemidji. Just near these two, you will also come across more over-sized items like playing cards, toothbrush, and a flyswatter. Kodak has called these statues as ‘second most photographed statues’ in America.

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox

Cadillac Ranch – Texas

This is in Amarillo’s cow pasture. It so happened that the San Francisco group of art fruitfully proposed the notion in 1974 to Stanley Marsh III after which a division of the Marsh’s ranch turned out to be the Cadillac Ranch. Indicating the ‘Golden Age’ of the Automobiles in America, 10 Cadillacs covered with graffiti are partially buried. In 2005, these were tinted in pink so as to pay homage to the victims of breast cancer. Interestingly, you can also add your graffiti here.

Cadillac Ranch

South of the Border – South Carolina

This is on the way from the north to Disney or the Sunshine State in Dillon. Publicized by over 100 billboards to stop at the road side of which some lying nearby on I-95, this is a fusion of souvenir shops, hotels, rest stop, and a theme park. But, it is much kitschy. It was built by Al Schafer who was the founder of a beer stand in 1950 on the sight and then consistently expanded to hold Mexican gems and several outlandish items. The main draw here is the Sombrero Room Restaurant known for its authentic Mexican food.

South of the Border

Largest Ball of Twine on Earth – Kansas

Nestled in the Cawker City, this is built from sisal string of 7 million feet making the Largest Twine Ball of 40 feet diameter and 9 tons weight. It actually started rolling in 57 years ago when Frank Stoeber began to collect the sisal twine bits for adding to his bran’s small ball. Staying in a canopy on Highway 24, the ball is still under construction and so even you can bring twine to add and to come in the record books.

Largest Ball of Twine on Earth

Carhenge – Nebraska

Can you recall the Stonehenge of England? Well, this one replicates the total rocks and circle diameter in Alliance. Made up of 38 cars that date back to the decades of 50s and 60s, the Carhenge was consecrated in 1987 on the day of summer solstice. The heel stone represents Cadillac of 1962 and that 3 cars were cremated here once the local cars overcome the actual 3 foreign automobiles. The ‘gravestone’ is nothing but a car that says that here are the three relics of foreign cars that served the purpose when Detroit snoozed.


London Bridge – Arizona

Today nestled in the Lake Havasu City, this bridge was actually made in 1831 in London. However, in 1962, it was found that now the bridge cannot bear the increased load of the traffic that crossed it and so it was vended for $2.5 million dollars by the city. The purchaser whose name was Robert McCulloch ultimately bought it after disassembling carefully and numbering each piece thoroughly. This bridge was then assembled in 1968 and was instilled here in late 1971. Now, this 950-feet-long bridge is the famous tourist attraction.

London Bridge

Dinosaur Park – South Dakota

Just in the outskirts of the Rapid City, there is an amazing personal Jurassic Park atop a hill dominating the city. Here, the dinosaurs resides who are painted in bright green and seem as if they will just become alive. This park was a part of a project that aimed at building a tourist attraction during Depression in 1936. These life-sized five dinosaurs including Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops can be spotted from miles away. You are surely to be entertained.

Dinosaur Park

Paper House – Massachusetts

Standing proudly in Pigeon Cove’s Rockport, this house is the brainchild of a Swedish traveler named Ellis Stenman who began to build it in 1922 only from a newspaper. This two-room cottage is cased in wood and the walls hold 215 layers of newspaper. How these were stuck together? Well, the immigrant made glue from water, flour, and apple peels. Check out for the curtains and furniture that are too from the newspapers. Imagine even chairs, lamps, and desks of it. In total, he used over 100,000 newspapers. So, take time to know what the headlines of the bygone years were. Visit this only from April to October from 10 to 5 at the cost of $1.50 per adult and $1.00 per child.

Paper house

Lucy the Elephant – New Jersey

Made by James Lafferty in 1881, this creativity of the animal-shaped building is really admirable. Interestingly, it also received a patent for 17 years by the U.S. Patent Office. She is the most ancient instance of zoomorphic architecture besides being the world’s largest elephant. No doubt as to why it is in the list of National Historic Landmarks. Soaring six stories high, she is of 90 tons and consists of 1 million wood pieces. Standing on the Atlantic Ave of the Margate city, Lucy was a real estate office.

Lucy the Elephant

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  • Yjee says:

    Carhenge is really charming Americana, an awesome stop-over for those who like visiting unusual places without many tourists around..If you go to the sandhills backroads from there, you’ll see gorgeous views of the Great Plains, unimpended by cars on the road as opposed to upright in Carhenge. You’ll see more stars here than you’ve ever seen in your life from here!

  • Danny Kohler says:

    Carhenge is American folk art at its best. Stonehenge recreated with American automobiles.There are other sculptures made from cars or car parts in this open informal place. There’s no admission charge. Donations are accepted and souvenirs sold in a small shop adjacent to the sculptures. What a fun stop this place is! We enjoyed our time here.This place is indeed for the lovers of Americana. The funniest sculpture there is the “covered wagon”.For fans of roadside Americana this place is a must stop!

  • Bella AckerMan says:

    Comical as it may sound, I was passing through Nebraska on my road trip. I had read it in the USA Today magazine about the 10 places to visit if you are in the middle of nowhere(or somewhere near there.)Carhenge was on the list. I just visited this place at around 5 pm. It was a bit spooky as I was the only person out there and the sun had already started to set. This place is really unique! The main Carhenge sculpture was really cool, but other sculptures were great too..I really liked the sculpture “Ford Seasons”..Four Fords standing vertically up in the air, with the nose of the car buried a few feet into the ground! What a sight it was!

  • Kylie Smithson says:

    I was driving back from Alliance and on our way back from visiting Carhenge, which was an awesome place for someone like me who is really interested in Americana culture, I went up to Arts and Jerry Boot shop and found Aladdin’s cave stuffed full of jeans, cowboy boots and western gear. The owner took over from his father many years ago and things haven’t changed since then, not even the prices, the boots I bought were a steal for the money I paid! I highly recommend this roadside attraction in America!
    Thanks for the post :-)

  • Rose Sanders says:

    Dinosaur Park at South Dakota is really easy to find and the entry is free. I love looking west and seeing dinosaur sillohuettes towing over the city. Great to see and you gotta love the Family pictures this will make.!Take the kiddies here, they will really love it no matter what their age..There are 5-7 concrete dinosaur statues on the top of the hill overlooking the Rapid City! It has got a great view!Kids love trying to climb all the dinosaurs.Don’t miss the gift shop in the parking lot at the base of the hill-It’s a nice gift shop with some real amazing stuff and not expensive on some items! A must visit here!!

  • Helen Camus says:

    Kids of all ages will love the concrete dinosaur replicas at the Dinosaur Park. You can even climb them. This has been there since long!

  • Harry says:

    Awesome! All roadside attraction is mind blowing and it’s a great pleasure seeing that. Thanks for presenting all in one….

  • Thank you for sharing it. Roadside attraction are the best one’s. Really loved your photography. Border of the South Carolina is the best one. Basically, we provide the trip to Israel.


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