Calling all adventurous RVers! If you're tired of the same old tourist traps and mundane rest stops, it's time to rev up your wanderlust engines and hit the road for some truly bizarre roadside attractions scattered across the states.
From oversized oddities to peculiar museums, we've compiled a list of the quirkiest, the weirdest, and the downright laugh-inducing stops that will leave you scratching your head, but with a smile on your face.
Buckle up, folks, you're in for a wild ride!
The World’s Largest Ball of Twine (Cawker City, Kansas) Ah, twine- the unsung hero of every DIY project gone wrong. But in Cawker City, Kansas, it’s not just about getting knotty. They've taken twine appreciation to a whole new level with a ball that weighs a whopping 20,000 pounds! It's the perfect place for a photo op that screams, "Yes, I've seen the largest ball of twine, and yes, it was as thrilling as it sounds."
Located at: 719 Wisconsin St, Cawker City, KS 67430
Carhenge (Alliance, Nebraska) Who needs Stonehenge when you have Carhenge? This quirky replica of the ancient wonder is made entirely from vintage cars. Painted grey to resemble stone, it's the perfect fusion of history and hot rods.
Located at: 2151 Co Rd 59, Alliance, NE 69301
The World's Largest Collection of The World’s Smallest Versions of The World’s Largest Things (Lucas, Kansas) It's like stepping into a bizarre parallel universe where giants commissioned miniature architects to shrink down their grandest creations. From the tiniest Empire State Building you've ever seen to the minuscule Great Wall of China that even ants can conquer, this collection defies all sense of proportion. Don't forget your magnifying glass; you'll need it to fully appreciate these bite-sized behemoths. And remember, in this world, small is big, and tiny is colossal!
Located at: 214 South Main St, Lucas, Kansas 67648
Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, Texas) If you thought Carhenge was the only car-themed attraction, well, you're in for a treat. Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, is a modern art piece featuring ten Cadillacs buried nose-first in the ground. It's like a luxury car convention got lost on their way to Vegas and decided to stick around. And the best part? You're encouraged to leave your mark with spray paint. Just remember, Picasso started somewhere too.
Located at: 13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX 79124
South of the Border (Hamer, South Carolina) No, not THAT border. South of the Border in Hamer, South Carolina, is a kitschy roadside attraction featuring a Mexican-themed mini amusement park. With Pedro, their 97-foot tall mascot, you can't miss it. It's like a fiesta on steroids.
Located at: Interstate 95-U.S. 301-501, Hamer, South Carolina 29547
The UFO Welcome Center (Bowman, South Carolina) While you’re in South Carolina, prepare for a close encounter of the "weird" kind, an out-of-this-world attraction - a UFO Welcome Center. Nestled in the backyard of creator Jody Pendarvis, this 46-foot wide spaceship is not just a wacky attraction, it's a testament to human creativity and, perhaps, a beacon for extraterrestrial tourists!
Located at: 4004 Homestead Rd, Bowman, SC 29018
The International Banana Museum (Mecca, California) If you're bananas for bananas, this quirky museum is a must-visit. Housing a staggering collection of banana-themed memorabilia, you'll find banana art, banana toys, banana posters, and even a banana phone! It's a "slippery" slope of fun and fruity madness.
Located at: 98775 CA-111, Mecca, CA 92254
The World's Largest Pair of Underwear (St. Louis, Missouri) Forget statues of liberty and towering monuments; we present to you a colossal pair of tighty-whities! Housed inside the City Museum, this cheeky attraction will have you giggling like a school kid. BONUS: Check out the world’s largest pencil and a human hamster wheel while you’re there.
Located at: 750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103
The Leaning Tower of Niles (Niles, Illinois)Move over, Pisa! In a small town in Illinois, you'll find a half-scale replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It may not be as famous, but it's equally tilted and perfect for capturing an "I'm holding up the tower" photo.
Located at: 6300 W Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714
The Corn Palace (Mitchell, South Dakota) Last but not least, we have The Corn Palace. Yes, you heard right. A palace. Made of corn. Each year, murals made from local corn and grains are created on the exterior of the building. After visiting, you'll never look at corn the same way again! Visitors can check out the different murals throughout the year, as well as take part in local festivals and events. So grab your popcorn - it's time to explore!
Located at: 604 N Main St, Mitchell, SD 57301
So there you have it, folks! Some of America's most insane pit stops for your RV adventure. Remember, the journey is just as important as the destination - especially when that journey involves a giant ball of twine or a palace made of corn. Happy trails, and may your travels be as wacky as these attractions!
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