These Are Your Favorite Roadside Attractions

These Are Your Favorite Roadside Attractions

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Stopping to experience a roadside attraction or activity can make a boring road trip way more fun. Or even just driving out to see that roadside attraction specifically can be worth it. This country is full of roadside oddities, so get out there and see them.

My favorite stop used to be Alien Jerky in Baker, California. Aside from all the UFO crap, it was a good stop to pick up some bomb ass jerky either on the way to or from Vegas. I stopped going though after it was revealed how racist and anti-Asian the owner was.

We asked readers what their favorite roadside attractions were. These were their answers.

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Cabazon Dinosaurs Cabazon, CA

Cabazon Dinosaurs Cabazon, CA

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Cabazon dinosaurs, hands down.

Visiting them as a kid after seeing them in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure was akin to meeting an idolized celebrity. Amazing experience.

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Painted Desert Indian Center Holbrook, AZ

Painted Desert Indian Center Holbrook, AZ

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I used to stop at the Painted Desert dinosaurs whenever I would drive home from college. My dog never quite got the appeal.

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Giant Superman Statue Metropolis, IL

Giant Superman Statue Metropolis, IL

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Giant Superman statue at the county courthouse in Metropolis, IL. Lots of superman related shops as well.

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Albert The Bull Audubon, IA

Albert The Bull Audubon, IA

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Albert the Bull in Audubon, Iowa. Not only is Albert the largest Bull but he’s anatomically correct, so you also get the largest set of... Rocky Mtn. Oysters as well ;) Albert is also conveniently just 17mins from the Templeton Rye distillery.

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Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Hutchinson,KS

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Hutchinson,KS

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Kansas Cosmodrome and Space Center. Both because it’s a nice break from Kansas and because they have the Apollo 13 command module.

Suggested by: Kamen Burton (Facebook)

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Carhenge Alliance, NE

Carhenge Alliance, NE

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Carhenge, in Alliance, Nebraska. Duh.

Suggested by: McMike

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The Mystery Spot St. Ignace, MI

The Mystery Spot St. Ignace, MI

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The Mystery Spot on US-2 west of St. Ignace, MI.

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Hoover Dam Nevada/Arizona Border

Hoover Dam Nevada/Arizona Border

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Now that you have to specifically detour to get to it, probably Hoover Dam.

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Archway in Kearney, NE

Archway in Kearney, NE

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Bonus points for the Archway in Kearney, NE. We’ve taken two family road trips, Wisconsin —> Colorado, and this stop surprised us. Clean (restrooms included), solid knick-knack gift shop, what looks to be a pretty neat museum (we didn’t go), and some great outdoor paths, statues, and a maze. We stayed there longer than any other stop on any other roadtrip.

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Meteor Crater Winslow, AZ

Meteor Crater Winslow, AZ

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Meteor Crater in Arizona. I doubt it technically counts, but it is in the middle of nowhere and operates on the border of cool museum/rock shop and a tourist trap from what I remember? Some kitch but a stellar rock shop, this was back in the early 90s though. It is a “National Landmark” and not a park, state park or otherwise, so I think it still has a similar vibe based on the website.

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