America's Whackiest Roadside Attractions!
In Australia it seems that size matters! From enormous pineapples and gargantuan prawns to gigantic guitars and colossal koalas, we Aussies like our roadside attractions big! But in America they appear to favour quirkiness over enormity and they range from the slightly offbeat to the downright weird.
Some sights are literally out of this world. In the Pennsylvanian town of Mars you’ll find a flying saucer with a marker in several languages that declare, “May peace prevail on Earth.” On Highway 29 just outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin is a towering UFO Landing Port or if you’re up for some real close encounters travel along the Extraterrestrial Highway in Nevada. If you plan to stay a while spend the night at the Little A'Le'Inn in Rachel, where earthlings are welcome too.
In America you could be forgiven for thinking that cars were grown in the ground. Lurking under a bridge in Fremont, Seattle is a giant two-ton one-eyed troll climbing out of the earth clutching a VW Beetle. Along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas you’ll find the Cadillac Ranch where visitors are encouraged to add their mark to the 10 graffiti-strewn classic Cadillacs that burst from the soil. In Goldfield, Nevada visit the International Car Forest of the Last Church where a bunch of painted cars erupt from the earth at extreme angles and are occasionally set fire to. And if you’re cruising through Alliance, Nebraska, you may stumble across Carhenge, where 38 cars have been stacked together to replicate Stonehenge.
Speaking of Stonehenge, in Natural Bridge, Virginia, you’ll find Foamhenge, an exact replica of the ancient ring of standing stones made entirely out of Styrofoam. Quirky!
Bigger is Better
But like us Aussies, Americans like to think big too. In Cawker City, Kansas you’ll find the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. Determined to outdo the massive Johnson Twine Ball in Minnesota, Frank Stoeber worked tirelessly for decades finishing just 30 cm short of his goal. Since his passing, residents and tourists have been adding to Stoeber’s ball which now measures a massive 12.62 metres in diameter. And they don’t get much bigger than New Jersey’s six story tall, much loved Lucy the Elephant.
Amongst a host of other “big things”, it’s hard to miss Chatty Belle, the World’s Largest Talking Cow in Neillsville, Wisconsin; the Largest Ball of Paint in Alexandria, Indiana; the Largest Buffalo in Jamestown, North Dakota; and The World’s Largest Pecan in Brunswick, Missouri.
If none of that is strange enough for you then surely the anatomically correct life-size chocolate moose at Len Libby Chocolate store in Scarborough, Maine will do the trick.