Road trips aren’t just about getting from point A to point B; it’s about the journey. The highways and byways of America are filled with unique roadside attractions that are often more interesting than your intended destination. Instead of driving past these incredible roadside attractions, let’s examine the best ones in America. Now you’ll know if you should pull over and check out an attraction or just keep cruising to your destination.
You may recognize these awesome roadside dinosaurs from the movie “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.” Located in Cabazon, CA, these two giant concrete dinosaurs named Dinny the Dinosaur and Mr. Rex. You can find these behemoths just West of Palm Springs, California on the 10 freeway. These are so cool, and you can actually take a tour and go inside the T-Rex’s head. Dinny and Apatosaurus measure 150 feet and Mr. Rex a Tyrannosaurus Rex is 65 feet.
Sadly the original owners sold the roadside attraction in the mid-90s and the new owners put a Creationist museum on the property. Go for the dinosaurs and stay for the Burger King, which is located next door.
Head to Alliance Nebraska next time you are driving through the heartland of America and stop by Carhenge. The full-scale replica of Stonehenge in England but made with junker cars. Artist Jim Reinders studied the original sculpture while living in England and came home to make the statue as a memorial to his recently deceased father. Made with 39 cars, which were upended and dug into the ground, Carhenge actually is sitting in the direct path of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Talk about the perfect time to visit…
PennDOT Road Sign Sculpture Garden
A small arts school in Pennsylvania came up with the brilliant idea to repurpose old street signs and turn them into a wonderful piece of roadside art. Allegheny College sponsored the attraction and students created all the art. The art spans a quarter mile stretch of Smock Highway just southwest of Meadville, PA. This is a great roadside attraction that has an even better story behind it. If you are traveling through Pennsylvania this summer, you should definitely stop by.
If you are driving through Texas, chances are you are cruising Interstate 40, which drives through Amarillo. This is where you’ll find Cadillac Ranch, a huge art installation made by three hippies from San Francisco, CA. They took a bunch of old Cadillacs and buried them hood first into the ground, then covered them with graffiti, sounds pretty cool, huh?
Porter Sculpture Park
When driving through the barren wasteland of South Dakota on Interstate 90, around 25-miles West of Sioux Falls, you’ll stumble upon the Porter Sculpture Park. Imagine huge metal sculptures in a wide-open field and the only backdrop is Mt. Rushmore off in the distance. You’ll find over 50 huge sculptures on the 10-acre park. The biggest piece of art is easily the giant bull’s head, which measures 60-feet-tall, which just happens to be the same size as the face on Mount Rushmore.
This place is awesome and a great break when making the trip through South Dakota.