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20 Of America’s Weirdest Roadside Attractions

by Elyse Wanshel
Elyse is a Senior Writer at LittleThings.com. She enjoys tacos, kickboxing, and naming animals. In fact, she named two of her mother’s six cockatiels Mr. and Mrs. Featherbottom.

Sometimes life can be amazing. Other times it can be bizarre.

And the best way to marry these two elements is to go on a road trip through the U.S. where you can see the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls…and the world’s largest garden gnome.

Yup, you read that right. Between America’s amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties are some pretty whacky and GIGANTIC roadside attractions.

Why people decided to erect a behemoth bottle of catsup or honor a husky pecan is beyond us, but they sure are fun things to check out between trips to Yellowstone Park and the Florida Everglades.

If you find these roadside diamonds-in-the-rough as gem-like as we do, make sure to SHARE these priceless pictures with everyone  you treasure!

Mitchell, South Dakota

Mitchell, South Dakota

Yup. It’s a palace covered in grain! Murals are swapped out on a regular basis, though no murals were swapped in 2006 due to a severe drought.

Chicago, Illinois: World's Biggest Rubber Band Ball

Chicago, Illinois: World's Biggest Rubber Band Ball

This world’s largest rubber band ball is located in Chicago, IL and weighs 4,000 pounds due to its 175,000 bands.

Cleveland, Ohio: A Robust Rubber Stamp

Cleveland, Ohio: A Robust Rubber Stamp

This massive rubber stamp in Cleveland, OH is apparently “free” to use. If only we had a giant ink pad…and a gnat.

Seattle, Washington: Colossal Cowboy Boots

Seattle, Washington: Colossal Cowboy Boots

Folks from Seattle, WA will recognize this well-known landmark. It was originally part of a cowboy-themed gas station built in 1954 named “Premium Tex.”

Seattle, Washington: Humungoua Cowboy Hat

Seattle, Washington: Humungoua Cowboy Hat

This 19-feet-tall and 44-feet-wide hat sat next to the above boots at Premium Tex. Now both reside in a Seattle park after the gas station closed and local skateboarders cracked the brim of the hat doing stunts. 

Ottawa Lake, Michigan: Jumbo Uncle Sam

Ottawa Lake, Michigan: Jumbo Uncle Sam

This 42-feet-tall Uncle Sam stands in front of a gas station in Ottawa Lake, MI that sells fireworks. U-S-A!

Cawker City, Kansas: World's Largest Ball of Twine

Cawker City, Kansas: World's Largest Ball of Twine

This ball of twine in Cawker City, KS originally weighed 5,000 pounds and was 8-feet high. Each August a twine-a-thon is held in which people add additional twine, keeping this ream supreme.

Groom, Texas: A Crazy-Tall Cross

Groom, Texas: A Crazy-Tall Cross

This 190-foot-tall free standing cross in Groom, TX can be seen from 20 miles away.

Newark, Ohio: The Worlds Largest Basket

Newark, Ohio: The Worlds Largest Basket

At 7 stories tall this behemoth basket is located in Newark, OH and not Jellystone Park where Yogi Bear could have a pic-a-nic with it.

Hayward, Wisconsin: World's Largest Fish Statue

Hayward, Wisconsin: World's Largest Fish Statue

This monster muskie swims in midair in front of the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, WI and is big enough to swallow a bus full of Great Whites. Sharknado be damned!

Burlington, Vermont: A Tower of Cabinets

Burlington, Vermont: A Tower of Cabinets

This 38-foot-tall tower of of cabinets is located in Burlington, VT and is every Container Store-addict’s dream come true.

Chester, West Virginia: World's Largest Teapot

Chester, West Virginia: World's Largest Teapot

This mammoth tea pot in Chester, WV is 12-feet high, 4- feet wide, and was originally built as a huge keg by Hires Root Beer.

Knoxville, Tennesse: World's Largest Rubik's Cube

Knoxville, Tennesse: World's Largest Rubik's Cube

The world’s biggest and most impossible puzzle to solve sits pretty in a Knoxville, TN Holiday Inn. 

Denver, Colorado: Denver International Airport's 'Blue Mustang'

Denver, Colorado: Denver International Airport's 'Blue Mustang'

The creator of this immense statue, Luis Jimenez, was crushed by the horse during its construction and died.

Westminster, Colorado: A Monster Can of Mushrooms

Westminster, Colorado: A Monster Can of Mushrooms

This Westminster, CO water tower was painted with the classic Savery Savory Mushrooms label in 1925 by the owner of a surrounding mushroom farm and cannery.

Kerhonkson, New York: The World's Largest Garden Gnom

Kerhonkson, New York: The World's Largest Garden Gnom

This Guinness World Record holding, 13’6-foot tall garden gnome in Kerhonkson, NY is impossible to steal and take photos of during road trip prank…unless you’re Paul Bunyan.

Portland, Oregon: An Enormous Paul Bunyon

Portland, Oregon: An Enormous Paul Bunyon

This Paul Bunyan statue is a 31-feet tall and is located in the Kenton neighborhood of Portland, OR.

Woodstock, New York: The World's Largest Axe

Woodstock, New York: The World's Largest Axe

Though this giant ax is located in Canada it was created in 1991 by a company in Woodstock, NY. There is also a time capsule embedded in the head of the blade.

Baker, California: The World's Largest Thermometer

Baker, California: The World's Largest Thermometer

The world’s largest thermometer is located in Baker, CA. It is 134-feet-tall monument that honors the record high temperature in the US, which was 134 degrees fahrenheit in 1913 in nearby Death Valley.

Hamer, South Carolina: The World's Tallest Man Wearing a Sombero

Hamer, South Carolina: The World's Tallest Man Wearing a Sombero

The 97-foot “Pedro,” who stands at the entrance of Hamer, SC’s boarder attraction, South of the Boarder, weighs 77 tons and is made of solid clay. You can also drive your car through the legs.

Collinsville, Illinois: The World's Largest Catsup Bottle

Collinsville, Illinois: The World's Largest Catsup Bottle

The 170-foot-tall water tower in Collinsville, IL was built in 1949 and holds nothing but ketchup. Just kidding! It holds catsup. Just kidding! It holds water, people. Just water.

Seguin, Texas: The World's Biggest Pecan

Seguin, Texas: The World's Biggest Pecan

The world’s largest pecan is a source of pride for Seguin, TX, a town that apparently has no residents with nut allergies, and sits in front of its city hall. The 1,000 pound pecan is 5-feet long and 2.5-feet wide.

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