Strange roadside attractions of America – America has numerous different and sometimes very funny sights alongside the road. Here are some of the famous and not-so-well-known America’s roadside attractions…
Roswell, New Mexico
We have all heard about the Roswell incident, when an unidentified flying object crashed near a ranch. If you’re interested in these kinds of things, you should definitely pay a visit to the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell. Here you will find documentation of the cover-up of the incident, documents supporting the existence of aliens and different pieces of art (including this alien prop dummy).
Salton Sea, California
People wouldn’t really expect to find a lake in the middle of a desert, this is why Salton Sea is such an unusual sight. Actually this is an artificial lake caused by the flood of the Colorado River. The interesting thing about it is that it is 220 foot under sea level and it is 30% saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
Cadillac Ranch, Texas
This quirky site has been created in 1974 by millionaire Stanley Marsh who planted 10 Cadillac headlights down just outside the city. Later these have been moved a little further because of the growth of the city. He said he did this because he considered that era to be the golden age of car travel.
World’s Largest Ball of Twine, Minnesota
This one is quite self-explanatory, it’s the world’s largest ball of twine. It was Francis A. Johnson who wrapped this historic one, working at it for 29 years…
Wall Drug, South Dakota
This little drug store is well known all over the country. The surprising thing is that they do still have coffee for 5 cents and they also offer free ice water. You might not be a fan of the things the drug store has to offer, but it is still worth it to stop here, just for the fun of it.
Meteor Crater, Arizona
This is the second most impressive site in Arizona. The meteor plummeted into the atmosphere about 50,000 years ago. Although there are no hikes to the bottom of the crater, there are several lookout points on the edge for those who are interested.
Coral Castle, Florida
In order for this coral castle to be built, Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin dug up about 2.2 million tons of coral rock. There is also some mystery about the place, because the creator is said not to have used any mortar. It is said that the marvel has some unusual electromagnetic properties.
Lucy the Margate Elephant, New Jersey
This cute creation was constructed in 1881 with the intention of attracting possible land buyers. It has been used for several purposes including a hotel, private mansion, cottage and a tavern. People realized that it is worth protecting and nowadays it’s mostly visited by tourists.