We’re all a little weird, right?
Well, that’s what I like to think. But we do have some pretty unusual attractions all over the country, and they always make for great road trip destinations.
Some of them are meant to catch your eye from the road, while others are extraordinary art installations. Either way, they’re just begging to be photographed.
Here are 15 of our favorites around the country that you should check out this summer:
1. The Pink Elephant, Cookeville, Tennessee
If this pink elephant in a bikini, shades, and water skis doesn’t make you stop and look twice… well, I’m not really sure what will.
You can find the photogenic statue over an hour east of Nashville, just off I-40 (Exit 286).
2. The Art Car Museum, Houston, Texas
If unique cars rev your engine, check out this private museum in Houston.
Also known as “The Garage Mahal”, the exhibit mainly focuses on decorated cars, low riders, and original work from artists that aren’t really featured anywhere else.
3. Field of Corn (Cornhenge), Dublin, Ohio
This field in Dublin (just outside of Columbus) may be the corniest attraction in Ohio.
It consists of 109 concrete ears of corn, lined up in rows in a grassy field, along with two rows of Osange-orange trees (one was pre-existing, and one was planted for the project).
Sam Frantz, an inventor of many hybrid corns, put together the installation. He ended up donating the display to the city, as a kind reminder of their agricultural history.
4. The Giant Head of Abraham Lincoln, Laramie, Wyoming
You’ve seen him in history books. You’ve seen him on the penny. You’ve seen him on the $5 bill. But – have you seen this giant 12-and-a-half-foot tall structure of his head?
Honest Abe sits on a 30-foot-tall granite pedestal, at the Summit Rest Area along I-80 (just east of Laramie). The memorial structure was dedicated back in 1959 to commemorate (what would have been) the president’s 150th birthday.
5. Wild Bill’s, Middletown, Connecticut
Wild Bill’s in Middletown, Connecticut will take you back in time. You’ll be saying, “Oh my God, I forgot about that!” over and over.
The vintage store is home to all things nostalgia. Some of the antiques they have for sale include: CDs, records, posters, shirts, magnets, old toys…you name it.
It’s easy to find the place off Route 3 (on Newfield Street). Their whole exterior is decorated with vibrant murals.
6. Flying Fish’s Retired Billy Bass Wall, Little Rock, Arkansas
Remember these singing, big-mouthed bass gifts?
The novelty was popular back in the early 2000s. A southern seafood restaurant in Little Rock, Flying Fish, is proudly home to the world’s first adoption wall for them (because believe it or not, it’s not the only one of its kind).
If you are looking to free up some space, though, bring your old dusty fish in. With your donation of a Billy Bass, you’ll receive a free basket of catfish.
Mmmm. Sounds like a deal to sing about.
7. Classic Gas Museum, Embudo, New Mexico
Free to visit, this roadside treasure on the way to Sante Fe is a vintage memorabilia heaven.
The collection showcases a range of motor-related artifacts, like: old gas pumps, signs, oil cans, maps, globes, soda signs, clocks, neons, thermometers, and more.
Many of the items are even up for grabs, at some pretty reasonable prices.
8. Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska
You don’t need to travel to England to see the Stonehenge.
A full-scale automobile replica is set up just off I-59 in Nebraska. It was created from 39 vintage American-made cars, all placed in the same proportions as the real Stonehenge.
Some of the cars are five feet deep in the ground, while others are trunk-end down – all covered in gray spray paint.