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Roadside attractions are an old American tradition, but they continue to pop up in unexpected places today.They were originally meant to draw tourists in on their way someplace else; they can be whimsical, impressive, or just plain odd, with no real purpose at all.
With only a couple of exceptions, the ones listed here can all be seen by car.
Suggested reading on the way to any of them: Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins.
Lucy the Elephant in Margate, NJ is 65 feet tall and since 1882 has housed a bar, office, and summer home
This shoe tree in Nevada was allegedly begun when a new wife threatened to leave her husband and he tossed her shoes in the tree
The Cadillacs at the Cadillac Ranch along Interstate 40 in Amarillo, TX are buried at angles corresponding to the Great Pyramid of Gaza
The Big Blue Bug sits atop New England Pest Control in Providence, RI and was made famous in Dumb and Dumber
The sign says: If the government has no knowledge of aliens why did they make it illegal for US citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
The 1,900-pound ball of paint, in Alexandria, IN is the result of over 20,000 coats of paint on a baseball
The Enchanted Highway in Dickinson, ND is a 32-mile stretch of road filled with the world's largest scrap metal sculptures
The Petrified Wood Gas Station in Decatur, TX was built in 1927 and covered in petrified wood 10 years later
Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, VA, built by Mark Cline, is a perfect replica of the original Stonehenge
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