The 19 Greatest Roadside Attractions In America

Lucy the Elephant

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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.

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