Weird Roadside Attractions

Posted by Shazy on Saturday, March 26, 2011

Weird Roadside Attractions
Weird Roadside Attractions
They're weird, they're the world's largest, and they're off the next exit. How can you pass them up? Whether oddities from a time gone by or just a way get tourist dollars for a tiny town, you'll want a snapshot with these roadside attractions.

Cadillac Ranch

Part public art installation, part crazy idea from a guy with a lot of money, these 10 rusted-out Cadillac shells, covered with graffiti, rise out of the ground. Visitors are encouraged to leave their own mark.
The Corn Palace

Originally built more than a century ago, the exterior murals made of corn and grain are replaced every year and designed by local artists. It's free to visit the Corn Palace, which is also a venue for concerts and sporting events. Find out which popular singer, known as Mr. Las Vegas, is scheduled to perform there in May.
Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery

Is it a strange and paranormal spot where gravity is inexplicably defied, or simply a cleverly designed tourist trap where your mind plays tricks on you? There's only one way to find out. Step right up to the Oregon Vortex & House of Mystery and pay your admission, folks!
World's Largest Pistachio Nut

It's really tall and ready for a photo opportunity. Located outside McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch, the giant nut is dedicated to the owner's father.
Cockroach Hall of Fame Museum

Is there anything cuter than a cockroach dressed up as Liberace. This kooky roadside stop features roaches in interesting dioramas re-creating scenes from "Psycho" and much more. Check out the live hissing cockroaches while you're at it.
Big Blue Bug

This famous bug made an appearance in a Jim Carrey film, and got its own name via a contest in 1990. The winner was a 63-year-old woman. Get the details. It's supposed to be a termite, and so it was christened with this funny name.
World's Largest Egg

Located in what used to be a major egg-producing town, the egg made its first appearance in 1923. It's still ready for its close-up as a roadside attraction, especially when the town celebrates its Egg Day Festival.
Paul Bunyan and Babe

The large man, 18-foot-tall Paul Bunyan, and his trusted ox, Babe, are on the National Register of Historic Places. They've been local landmarks since 1937.
World's Largest Ball of Twine

Since there's a little bit of a twine ball war, this one is the largest twine ball rolled by multiple people, and visitors can add to it. The largest ball rolled by a single man is in Darwin, Minn. So, if you love twine, there two spots just for you.
Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum

The world's only museum dedicated to ventriloquism houses hundreds of figures (how many?). For $5 and a scheduled tour, you can get the willies with all 1,400 of those creepy lifelike eyes looking at you.
World's Largest Catsup Bottle

The water tower at an old ketchup plant, this tall homage to the condiment that no french fry should be without has a summer festival every year.
The Shoe Tree

Rumor has it that quarreling lovers threw a pair of shoes up in the tree. They returned years later to toss a pair of baby booties in it. And then people kept adding to it over the years. There are thought to be thousands of shoes in the tree.
World's Largest Rocking Chair

Great for soothing you into the world's longest nap, this giant chair is dozens of feet tall and is constructed of this heavy-duty material.
Largest Ball of Paint

Thousands of layers of paint form this giant ball, which was started by a man and his son. Tourists can even add a layer and get their photo taken.
Hunt Bigfoot With a Redneck

How does one begin to describe this strange attraction? There's a beer-swilling "redneck" in a trailer who leads visitors on an adventure to find Bigfoot, a flying saucer and Elvis. It's part goofball acting and part just plain weird.