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12 Fun Roadside Attractions to See in the US

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If you’re looking for some historical landmarks and fun roadside attractions, you won’t want to miss out on this list! Make certain to check out our State Unit Studies to learn about other fun towns and states.

Summer months are on our radar and the longing for hopping in the car to get some miles under our belt is pulling us to get on the road!  Road tripping and seeing the awesome sights of the US are tempting, and easy to do as well.   The United States is home to some of the coolest, most fun, and most unusual tourist attractions out there! 

12 Fun Roadside Attractions to See in the US

If you are wanting to set your eyes on some unique roadside attractions this summer, these are a few great suggestions for you to visit. Check out these things to see without leaving your car! Does it really even matter your final destination as long as you’re having fun?

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12 Fun Roadside Attractions to See in the US

All of these fun activities are easy to see and are certain to make for a memorable trip! We’ve seen several of these recently and they’re always just as fun and cool every time!

Have fun working your way through this list of fun roadside attractions and don’t forget to add your own to the list! Take a road trip and hit the road!

12 Fun Roadside Attractions to See in the US

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 The Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma

If you’re driving down Route 66 and you happen to find yourself in this neck of the woods, stopping and snapping a selfie with The Blue Whale needs to be a “must” on your traveling to-do list. It’s seriously the world’s largest concrete whale that you’ll ever see!

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

Interested in classic Cadillac cars?  While they may not be in pristine condition, they are still a beauty to look at.  This roadside attraction has 10 different models of Cadillacs all stuck nose-down, adding for a fun and free scenic view on your journey.  If you’re out and about driving cross country, make a pit stop here.

Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, Minnesota

Looking for an example to show your children how big and strong they can grow to be if they eat all their veggies?  Use this roadside attraction as a way to drive that point home! This Giant stands just shy of 56 feet tall and is sure to impress! It’s really awe-inspiring!  

Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles, Illinois

Who says you have to travel across the globe to see the famous leaning tower?  This replica maybe half the size, but it still offers some great picture photo opportunities!  Have fun creating the “holding up the tower” pose with this fun roadside attraction!  

The Big Duck in Flounders, New York. 

Ever wanted to go and see the inside of a duck?  Well, your chance awaits!  What started out as a fun way for one local man to sell duck eggs, has now transformed into a tourist roadside attraction adored by thousands.  

The Basket Building in Newark, Ohio.

If you’ve ever heard of the Longaberger baskets, then you’ve got to stop and see their headquarters.  They believe in their product so much, that they literally work inside it each and every day!  

Hole N” The Rock in Moab, Utah

Is it possible to have a home carved out of a rock?  Absolutely, and this roadside attraction is the proof of that!  It’s really quite the natural beauty to look at!

The Beer Can House in Houston, Texas

Talk about a house with character!  This gem took over 18 years to complete, and is sided and lined with over 50,000 beer cans!  

Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, Virginia

Another amazing replica that you don’t have to leave the states to see.  This roadside attraction is a must-see. 

Spam Museum in Austin, Minnesota

Calling all Spam lovers!  This is the roadside attraction for you!  Where else can you spend hours learning about all things spam?  

Mermaid Theater in Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida

Who can resist the possibility of seeing live mermaids?  With this roadside attraction, your dreams will come true as mermaids await!  

Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, Missouri

Ever wanted to know what certain people do with their loose hair or hair that has fallen out completely?  Maybe they donate it to the hair museum!  Open for visitors to view thousands of jewelry items made from human hair, dating all the way back to the Victorian time-frame.  

While this is just a small list of awesome roadside attractions to visit, there are so many other fun options out there as well.  Driving down the enchanted highway of iconic Route 66 is one great way to view many of the roadside attractions that our country has to offer.  Do your research as to what you are hoping to see as it seems that there are plenty of fun attractions scattered throughout many different states.  Have fun and embrace all that the roadside attractions have to offer. 

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It’s actually quite common for there to be other fun family activities nearby many of the roadside attractions as well. Some areas will offer hiking trails, the option to take a horseback ride, and other various activities that make your roadside stop more of a full-day adventure!

Plus, once you start exploring all these fun roadside attractions, your mind will start racing about all the other landmarks that you’ll want to see together as a family as well! Think:

  • Times Square
  • Niagara Falls
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Salvation Mountain
  • Brooklyn Bridge

and those are just a few! The time is now to make a plan and make it happen! Whether you’re traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles or even to Las Vegas or North Dakota, it’s not hard to find amazing places to explore and experience with your family!

Visiting them makes for great stories, great memories, and unforgettable photo opportunities.  Pack up the car and the family and get ready to head out on an epic family fun road-trip to see as many fun roadside attractions that you can!

Setting in the comfort of your car and hit the open road! It’s always a good idea to see the sights!

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