Road trip destinations off the beaten path

Photo Source: Life in Zion

Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, TX
Photo Source: Life in Zion

It’s getting to be that time of year – ROAD TRIPPPPPPP!

In the spirit of that all-American tradition – people piling into cars with enough junk food to fuel a college fraternity – I bring to you the most essential of all road trip resources…a list of the greatest American roadside attractions!  These road trip destinations will give you several reasons to get out of the car, stretch your legs, take a break from your screaming children (or spouse) and simply wonder, “What on earth were they thinking when they built THAT.”

Did you know that there’s a house made of beer cans in Houston?  Or one made of paper in Massachusetts? Or that we’re a nation of giants – lifesize dinosaurs, a 97-foot statue of a mustachioed man, and the world’s largest baseball bat?  My personal favorites are the cadillac ranch in Texas and the London Bridge in Arizona (yes, really, THE London Bridge).

Even if you can’t get away this summer, never fear – this website will help you find off-the-wall fun in your own backyard.  Never again will you have to hear, “Are we there yet?” because in the land of the free, home of the brave, you’re always just a stone’s throw away from a giant bottle of ketchup.

To see more of our illustrious national heritage, check out “TIME’s” list of the Top 50 American roadside attractions  and TripAdvisor’s Top 10 wackiest American attractions (Texas, you win)! Plan to see a desert in Maine, an underground lake, a tree covered in shoes, and a place where gravity is upside down.

Wondering what to take with you?  Check out this GREAT list of road trip must-haves (you know you can’t go wrong with a list that includes air fresheners, indestructible maps, and This American Life).

Happy Trails!



    1. I’m so glad you found me! (I always like to link to the original artists, so that they know their work is being appreciated!) I loved your photo from Cadillac Ranch – it totally captured the vibe of that post. And, likewise, if you’re ever in New York City, let me know!

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