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Have you suddenly developed a sense of wanderlust? Are you looking to hit the open road and to discover all that the United States has to offer? If so, it is always a good idea to visit a handful of unique roadside attractions during your journey. What are some memorable destinations and where is each located? Let's answer each of these questions immediately below in greater detail.

Devil's Tower

The Devil's Tower is found within the state of Wyoming and many will argue that it is the most well-known natural attraction. This monolithic structure is more than 900 feet tall and it played a central role in the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Its sheer size cannot be overstated and Native Americans worshipped Devil's Tower for centuries.

The Mystery Hole

There are times when roadside attractions are completely unintentional. The Mystery Hole (found in Virginia) perfectly fits this observation. It was originally created by a man who felt that he had come across what he termed at the time a "gravitational anomaly". He soon set up a gift shop and encouraged nearby travellers to visit. While no such anomaly was ever discovered, the Mystery Hole has continued to attract visitors since it was first opened to the public in 1973.

The Corn Palace

Corn has always been a staple crop in the United States, so it only stands to reason that a structure is dedicated to its importance. The Corn Palace was first established in 1892 and it was intended to allow local farmers to showcase their harvests. It was not long before the original structure had to be upgraded in order to accommodate the influx of visitors who arrived from thousands of miles away. The palace is located in the town of Mitchell, South Dakota and its exterior is upgraded every year.

The World's Largest Beagle

Are you a dog lover? If so, the World's Largest Beagle is worth a closer look. This structure is more than 30 feet tall and it doubles as a quaint boutique hotel. The World's Largest Beagle is found within the state of Idaho and it can accommodate up to four guests at a time. Even if you do not intend to stay overnight, make it a point to visit the nearby Dog Bark Park and its other sculptures that have been inspired by local animals.


Nebraska is primarily known for its agriculture and its seemingly endless rolling green hills. However, Carhenge is another noteworthy attraction that should be included in your itinerary if you plan on travelling through the state. Carhenge was initially envisioned by artist Jim Reinders as a tribute to his late father. Although it does indeed appear to be a close rendition to Stonehenge, the presence of countless upturned vehicles provides a unique touch that has to be seen to be believed.

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is located in California and it was the brainchild of folk artist Leonard Knight. Its large painted facades will immediately stand out from the nearby landscape and the entire structure took years to complete. Many local residents helped Knight during the process, as over 100,000 gallons of paint would eventually be required. Salvation Mountain is now one of the most well-known roadside attractions within the state and its images have been shared more than 160,000 times on sites such as Instagram.

The Jolly Green Giant

It is interesting to note that while the Jolly Green Giant is a well-known brand mascot, this sculpture is not related whatsoever to the food producer of the same name. It was instead created by radio host Paul Hedberg in 1979. It is a full 77 feet tall and it weighs more than 8,000 pounds. Up to 10,000 tourists visit this site every year and if you happen to be making your way through Minnesota, the Jolly Green Giant should be included within any travel plans.

London Bridge

Found nestled within the town of Lake Havasu, Arizona, the London Bridge is actually a real bridge which used to span the River Thames until it was sent to the United States in 1967. It is now one of the most well-known roadside attractions in the United States and its presence greatly contributes to the local Lake Havasu economy.

Any of these attractions is undoubtedly worth a closer look. While you might not be able to experience them all, be sure to determine which ones interest you the most. You will not be disappointed!

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Planning a Road Trip Across the United States? Check Out These Quirky Attractions
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