If you’ve ever taken a road trip through the United States, you know that wacky roadside attractions are a pretty normal sight. In fact, there are so many laugh-out-loud hilarious things out there, I had to write two whole posts about them! Want to hear more about funny things to see on your next all-American road trip? Keep reading, and add your own wisdom in the comments.
A Hole: Moab, Utah
Hole N” The Rock is a very famous hole located in one of Utah’s famous red rock monoliths. It was actually a 5,000 square foot home built and privately owned about a hundred years ago, and today it’s an interesting museum that commemorated the lives of the eccentric Christensen couple. It also features a gift shop, where you can buy interesting locally-made Native American art, ice cream, and metal statues.
A Grinning Peanut: Plains, Georgia
I’ve seen a peanut stand! No, really – I’ve seen a peanut actually standing up. In the town of Plains, Georgia, this goofy-looking peanut is named after former president Jimmy Carter. It was built for a parade float, but after it was abandoned, a local business adopted the peanut, cleaned it up, and returned it to its former…uh… glory.
Oregon Vortex: Gold Hill, Oregon
According to local legend, the Oregon Vortex area is a strange and unexplainable phenomenon that is perhaps part spiritual and part scientific. If you stop here, you can see strange alterations of gravity, including houses with crazily sunken foundations, objects that seem to be slowly rolling uphill, and other things that will make you scratch your head. I tend to think that it’s all just a lot of optical illusions, but then again, I’ve never actually been there.
Gum Wall: Seattle, Washington
Usually, everyone thinks it’s gross to see chewed gum stuck to public property. For some reason, though, a random alley in Seattle has become a trendy spot to create gooey artwork with chewed-up gum wads. Yeah, it’s disgusting and probably carrying every strain of Hepatitis known to mankind, but it’s unlike any other graffiti you’ll ever see.
Volcano Bathrooms: Granger, Washington
Well, doesn’t that sound horrifying. It’s actually not as bad as it sounds, I promise! The town of Granger, Washington is a unique place. It’s filled with dozens of dinosaur statues! The playground is characterized with kid-friendly dinos for climbing and riding, and the great lizards seem to have wandered through the entire town. A public restroom, to fit the theme, is built to look like a big volcano. If you have dinosaur lovers in your caravan, be sure to make a stop here.
A Real Dead Guy’s Foot: Virginia City, Montana
Leave it to Montana to have the weirdest roadside attraction in the West. Ironically, the unfortunate owner of this foot was a shoemaker, and the rest of his body is at the Boot Hill Cemetery. You can take a look at the foot at the Thompson Hickman Museum and learn about the criminal gang that led to the hanging of the now-footless man.
Giant Potato: Driggs, Idaho
Naturally, Idaho would have the world’s largest potato on a truck bed. The tater is located at a local drive-in movie theater, so you can get your photos and catch a movie all at the same time. Obviously, it’s not a real potato, but it looks pretty legit from far away, and your Facebook friends probably won’t know the difference.
Wyoming Frontier Prison Museum: Rawlins, Wyoming
If you’re up for a rather dark tour, this is an interesting place to take a history lesson. Oddly enough, your tour guide is likely to be a cheerful teen girl, the typical employee at this ominous museum. Learn about some truly horrifying ways to die and find out what it was like to be in a hardcore 20th Century prison.
Talking President Statues: Sparks, Nevada
If you’ve ever been to Cabela’s, you have a slight idea of what to expect from Scheels. But you’ll have to dial it up about nine and a half notches to get the Scheels experience. One of the coolest parts of this sportsman’s megastore is the Walk of Presidents, which features animatronic versions of 14 of our favorite commanders-in-chief.
Turtle Made of Tire Rims: Dunseith, North Dakota
This huge turtle statue is nicknamed “W’eel” and is constructed from literal tons of green tire rims. This is one of those weird roadside attractions that make you ask “why,” but then again we could probably ask North Dakota itself the same existential question.
Moon-Eyed People: Murphy, North Carolina
You could say that it is modern man who has created some of the strangest works of art, but you may rethink that when you see the Moon-Eyed People. This is an ancient statue of two conjoined people that was unearthed in former Cherokee land. The beings depicted look a bit like aliens, and are unlike any other statues found in the area. Things get even more mysterious when you hear the strange legends behind the statues. According to tales, a race of pale-eyed people who could see in the dark were found and defeated by the ancient Cherokee. These people, the stories say, inspired the statue in Murphy.
Now that you’ve learned about all the crazy things from this post, head over to the original “Weird Roadside Attractions” article and get some more giggles!