Here Are The Weirdest Roadside Attractions In Every State

Is your family one of the many American families who plan to take a road trip this year? Be sure to pack plenty of snacks and activities to entertain the kids and maybe even an old-school map. And while you’re still in the planning phase, consider allowing extra time for some sightseeing along the way. It’s no fun to stay on the beaten path all the time, and there are unique places to visit in every state.

If you need inspiration, check out these quaint, quirky and downright quizzical roadside attractions. There’s sure to be something that piques your sense of adventure.

Alabama: Boll Weevil Monument in Enterprise


In 1915, the Mexican boll weevil destroyed Alabama’s cotton crops. Dedicated in 1919, this monument serves as a reminder of the citizens’ ability to overcome adversity. Still, it’s not every day you see a bug topping off a monument, pictured here by Instagram user @_tatortots.

Alaska: Knotty Shop Mosquito in Salcha


The mosquito is known as Alaska’s unofficial state bird (the state boasts 35 species of the insect), so this larger-than-life woodcarving, pictured here from Instagram user @akpowdrew, at a unique gift shop south of Fairbanks is appropriate. We do not want to think about how much a bite from a mosquito this size would itch.

Arizona: Rooster Cogburn’s Ostrich Ranch in Picacho

In the desert between Tucson and Phoenix, off busy Interstate 10, you can pull over, stretch your legs and feed the ostriches as well as the goats, deer and a few other critters. What do ostriches eat, you ask? While they typically eat roots, leaves and seeds, they are technically omnivores and have been known to eat small rodents, lizards, snakes and bugs.

Arkansas: Popeye Statue in Alma


Known as the Spinach Capital of the World, Alma celebrates with an annual Spinach Festival at which Popeye the Sailor would feel right at home. Toot toot!


California: Fallen Star at UCSD in San Diego

This permanent art installation at the University of California’s San Diego campus looks as though a little house fell from the sky — “The Wizard of Oz”-style — and landed on the roof of the school’s engineering building, as pictured here by Instagram user @clarkiiimages. Visitors can see a rooftop garden and panoramic views from the inside. Unexpected, right?

Colorado: World’s Largest Sticker Ball in Longmont


The ball, which is named Saul (naturally), entered the Guinness World Record book as the Largest Sticker Ball on National Sticker Day on January 13, 2016. Saul can be found at Sticker Giant, a sticker company that specializes in custom stickers, in Longmont, which is about 35 miles north of Denver.

Connecticut: Giant Frogs on Spools in Windham


In June of 1754, the people of Windham awoke to spooky sounds coming from the outskirts of town. Brave armed men began shooting toward the noise, only to find the landscape littered with frogs come morning. This “we can laugh about this later” incident is commemorated with giant frog statues set on a bridge in town, shown here by Instagram user @thirdrockexplorations. While the frogs serve as a reminder, the spools speak to the area’s history in textiles.

Delaware:  Miles the Monster in Dover


This concrete giant welcomes (or scares off?) visitors to the Dover International Speedway, also home of the “Monster Mile.” The speedway has hosted all types of cars races since it opened in the late ’60s, and Miles joined the scene in 2000.

Florida: Betsy the Lobster in Islamorada


The spiny lobster is a popular Florida Keys species, which — unlike its Maine cousin — has no claws. A sculptor crafted the oversized Betsy for a restaurant that went under before he could complete her, so she now sits for everyone to see alongside the Overseas Highway.

Georgia: Doll’s Head Trail in Atlanta


In an attempt to clean up trash left by flooding and people littering, this artsy and somewhat creepy trail came to be. Cast-offs have become art that intermingles with nature and stunning views in Constitution Lakes Park southeast of Atlanta. A few of the many creepy cast-offs are shown here by Instagram user @pallavi3003.

Hawaii: World’s Largest Aloha Shirt in Honolulu

This size 400 XL shirt once hung at the Hilo Hattie store on Nimitz Highway in Honolulu. It took 26 yards of fabric to create the shirt, which could cover 13 sumo wrestlers.

Idaho: Statue of Liberty in Sandpoint


There is more to Idaho than spuds. Although not as tall as the real Lady Liberty, this replica of the famous statue stands attention at Idaho’s largest lake, Lake Pend Oreille, in the northwestern part of the state.

Illinois: Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles


While the tilt of the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy was unintentional, this half-size replica’s lean was entirely planned.

The Leaning Tower of Niles, as it’s called, was built in the 1930s as part of a park for employees of the Ilg Hot Air Electric Ventilating Company. The structure, shown here with Instagram user @ontheroadwithjen, still stands today on grounds that have become a YMCA.

Indiana: Giant Leg Sundial in Lake Village


Sun Aura is a clothing-optional campground near the Kankakee River in the northwest part of the state. This leggy timepiece welcomes visitors to the resort.

Iowa: Statue of Isis in West Branch


This bronze, 7-foot-tall, veiled statue named for the Egyptian goddess of life (not the terrorist group of the same name) was given to Herbert Hoover by the people of Belgium as a token of thanks following WWI. Instagram user @theholyhobo2018 posted the photo below.

Kansas: World’s Largest Souvenir Plate in Lucas


You know those kitschy plates your grandma collected? Kansas has one that is 14-feet in diameter, shown here from Instagram user @kcmeesha. It was made from a “retired” satellite dish.

Kentucky: Colonel Sanders Wax Statue in Louisville

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Tourists who stop by the Louisville Visitors Center can snap photos with the KFC founder … or at least his lifelike wax model. He’s even holding a wax bucket of chicken, as shown here by Instagram user @alexsarlin23.

Louisiana: Abita Mystery House in Abita Springs


Also known as the UCM (you-see-em) Museum, this diminutive building pictured here on its own Instagram account, @abitamysteryhouse, stores thousands of homemade inventions, folk art pieces and other found items. Be sure to check out the Swamp Ghost and the Bassigator!

Maryland: RCA Dog in Baltimore


You probably recognize “Nipper the Dog” and his cocked head from Radio Corporation of America (RCA) ads. The 18-foot statue originally sat atop the RCA building in the 1950s. Today, he and his phonograph sit atop the Maryland Historial Society Museum in Baltimore, pictured here by Instagram user @moltistrumenti.

Massachusetts: Huge Baby Heads in Boston


A pair of 10-foot, bronze baby heads — one awake, shown here by Instagram user @dr_bonganinb, and one seemingly asleep — flanks a fountain on the lawn of the Fenway entrance lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts, symbolizing day and night.

Michigan: Einstein Playing Frisbee in Kalamazoo


Even geniuses need breaks. This welded steel statue, pictured here with Instagram user @daisybt99, is installed near the main entrance to the building that houses the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences building on Western Michigan University’s Parkview Campus.

Minnesota: Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth


If you hear a “Ho, ho, ho!” while traveling across I-90 in southern Minnesota, it’s not Santa Claus. This 55-foot-tall statue, pictured here by Instagram user @jlewtan96, stands in a park and invites people to visit the nearby GIANT Museum.

Mississippi: Devil’s Crossroads in Clarksdale

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Legend has it that on this spot, photographed below by Instagram user @kevmont78, aspiring bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil himself in exchange for guitar-playing fortune and fame. The talented musician died mysteriously at the age of 27.

Missouri: The Awakening in Chesterfield


This partially-buried, massive aluminum sculpture appears to be a metal giant arising from the earth. Measuring 70 feet in length and 17 feet at its tallest point, the sculpture is located near the city’s Central Park, shown here courtesy of Instagram user @loveinjune16.

Montana: The Vortex and House of Mystery in Columbia Falls


Some say the Montana Vortex, pictured below by Instagram user @jweber1969, is a quantum or gravitational anomaly defying the laws of physics and nature. Others state that it is a hoax using optical illusions. You can decide for yourself when you visit.

Nebraska: Carhenge in Alliance


A modern replica of Stonehenge, Carhenge is actually a circle of cars painted stone-gray located in northwestern Nebraksa and pictured here from Instagram user @ericeslinger. Check out the adjacent Car Art Preserve while you’re there.

Nevada: Goldwell Open Air Museum near Rhyolite


Advertised as “Art where it seemingly shouldn’t be,” this 15-acre outdoor art installation beckons visitors near the ghost town of Rhyolite. It is a project of an artist residency program in the nearby Red Barn Art Center.

Posted by Goldwell Open Air Museum on Saturday, September 14, 2013

New Hampshire: USS Albacore in Portsmouth


Originally a research submarine designed by the Navy in the ’50s to test experimental features, the USS Albacore (pictured here on the museum’s Facebook page) is now a museum. As you take a self-guided tour, recorded audio tells you about features and life aboard a sub.

Posted by USS Albacore Submarine and Museum on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

New Jersey: World’s Largest Light Bulb in Edison


Situated on a 36-acre state park, the 117-foot Edison Memorial Tower is topped with a 13-foot-8-inch-high light bulb made of Pyrex glass segments. Visitors are encouraged to visit the tower and museum, pictured here on the Thomas Edison Memorial Park Twitter feed.

New Mexico: Roadrunner in Las Cruces


On a hill overlooking Interstate 10 stands a 20-foot-tall bird called the Recycled Roadrunner (on the @LasCruces Twitter account) made from scrap metal and other castoffs salvaged from the city dump. In fact, its belly is mostly comprised of old white shoes.

New York: Cross Island Chapel in Oneida


There are some tiny churches across the country, but this one takes the cake. With a floor area of less than 30 square feet, the chapel sits on a wooden deck in the middle of a pond and seats only two people. Naturally, this tiny chapel is a draw for those visiting upstate New York, like Instagram user @perch_pond.

North Carolina: The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson


An eye-catching marriage of science and art awaits at this unusual roadside attraction. Nearing retirement, farm machinery repairman Vollis Simpson began constructing the animated 40-feet-50-inches-tall sculptures and continued until his death at the age of 94. His field is now a park and museum.

Ohio: Longaberger Basket Building in Newark


This seven-story building shaped like a picnic basket, shown here on Ohio senator Jay Hottinger’s Twitter page, was originally the headquarters for the famous basket-making company. With the Longaberger company in tough form (it officially shut down in May 2018), the building had been on the market for a few years and finally sold to a new owner in January 2018. The new owner plans to keep the building’s iconic exterior.

Oklahoma: Bumblebee and Optimus Prime in Stillwater


A Stillwater body shop has a unique form of security—a life-size Transformer replica stands at each of its two locations.

Posted by G&M Body Shop & G&M Body Shop West – Statues aval for viewing 24/7 on Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Oregon: Harvey the Rabbit in Aloha


This bug-eyed bunny has been the trademark attraction of the now-defunct Harvey Marine for decades. Whether he encourages you to buy a boat or gives you nightmares is a matter of perspective.

Posted by The Harvey Rabbit on Thursday, February 2, 2017


Pennsylvania: Oversized Quarter near Everett

Located on the lawn of the Down River Golf Course east of Everett on Lincoln Highway stands a massive quarter, pictured here from Instagram account @bigthingsadventures. Students at the Bedford County Technical Center made the coin, which weighs nearly one ton.

Rhode Island: Gun Totem in Providence


Artist Boris Bally created this concrete pillar (shown below on Instagram account @psharmz) using 2,000 guns, which were part of a government gun buy-back program.

South Carolina: Man Walking Alligator on Hilton Head Island

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The sculpted man walking with an alligator on Pope Avenue is Sea Pines founder Charles E. Fraser, who was known for his conservation efforts when developing the island.

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South Dakota: Porter Sculpture Park in Montrose


This little-known roadside attraction boasts the works of self-taught South Dakota native Wayne Porter. The 50+ sculptures, some shown below on the artist’s own Instagram account, @portersculpturepark, are completely touchable and the park is pet-friendly as well.

Tennessee: Titanic Replica in Pigeon Forge


If you have ever wanted to reenact Jack’s “I’m the king of the world!” scene from the movie, this may be your chance. This tour-able museum features artifacts from the film and much more.

Texas: Eiffel Tower Replica in Paris

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If you have always dreamed of standing in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower but France is out of your budget, just head to Northeast Texas. The 65-foot tower has a red, 10-foot-diameter cowboy hat on top, y’all.

Geocaching through Texas and Oklahoma. Lisa Osborne from Madisonville, TX. and Patricia Elkins from Porter, Texas make a stop in Paris, Texas! Welcome!!!!

Posted by Lamar County Chamber of Commerce on Monday, January 20, 2020

Virginia: Big Cootie Bug at Shenandoah Caverns

The warm weather has been putting us in the mood to do a little spring cleaning. Our cootie bug was in a bad need of a bath.

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There are numerous reasons to visit the caverns, but even if you don’t have time for the complete tour, you can stop by and see the over-sized Cootie bug.

The warm weather has been putting us in the mood to do a little spring cleaning. Our cootie bug was in a bad need of a bath.

Posted by Shenandoah Caverns on Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Washington: Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach


In operation since 1935, this “curiosity shop” boasts the “world’s best saltwater taffy,” as well as Jake the Alligator Man and many other oddities.

West Virginia: Mothman in Point Pleasant


The story goes that back in 1966, men in black hunted a flying, red-eyed creature in this small West Virginia town. Visit the Mothman statue and nearby museum to find out more about this mysterious occurrence.

Wisconsin: Fred Smith’s Concrete Park in Phillips


After retiring from his job as a lumberjack back in 1948, Fred Smith began making concrete sculptures until his death in 1964. The Northern Wisconsin park displaying his work is open for self-guided tours year-round.

Wyoming: Elkhorn Arch in Afton


A unique archway stretches across Main Street in downtown Afton, shown here on Instagram account @letkainoahappen. Constructed in 1958, it contains more than 3,000 wapiti antlers.