10 Strange Roadside Attractions

About to hit the road for the long weekend? Mile after mile of classic interstate can get pretty dull. Roadside attractions are somewhat of, let’s say, an American tradition, so in between counting farm animals and finding the letters of the alphabet in order on billboards, maybe you’ll happen run across one of these. Here are the 10 strangest roadside attractions in the United States.

1. The Beer Can House in Houston, TX

It took 18 years to build and is composed of 50,000 beer cans. That’s more beer than anyone should drink in 15 years…

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2. Lucy the Elephant in Margate, NJ

 Lucy was built in 1882, and she stands 65 feet tall. She’s seen various owners, and has housed a bar, office and summer home.

image courtesy browncafe.com

image courtesy browncafe.com

3. The Fremont Troll in Seattle, WA

He collects the tolls for the Aurora Bridge, so pay up. If you don’t, you might end up like that Volkswagon Beetle in his left hand.

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4. The UFO Landing Port in Green Bay, WI

The 42-foot-tall apparatus has a sign that reads: “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?”

image courtesy businessinsider.com

image courtesy businessinsider.com

5.  Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, VA

It’s an exact replica of the one in England, but made of foam and minus the aliens.

image courtesy openjourney.com

image courtesy openjourney.com

6. The 1,900-pound ball of paint in Alexandria, IN

This is actually 20, 000 coats of paint over a baseball. Maybe the interior layers are still wet. Does that make it cooler?

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7. The Enchanted Highway in Dickinson, ND

This is a 32-mile stretch of road lined with the largest scrap metal sculptures in the entire world.

image courtesy tripadvisor.com

image courtesy tripadvisor.com

8.  Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

The 10 Cadillacs along Interstate 40 are supposedly tilted at the same angles as the sides of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

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9. “Shoe tree” in Middlegate, NV

Supposedly the first pair landed in the branches of this roadside cottonwood when a brand new wife threatened to leave her husband. Throwing her shoes into the sky symbolized freedom… or something.

image courtesy odditycentral.net

image courtesy odditycentral.net

10. Fake Prada Store in Mafra, TX

The roadside Prada Store features only left-foot shoes. It was opened with the permission of Miuccia Prada herself. She has a sense of humor.

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About the Author: Elsie Sing


Elsie is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; her writing has appeared in a few university publications, under tables and on the sides of trains. She likes taking Polaroid pictures and planning rooftop picnics.