We all love a good roadside attraction. Some of them are unique and relevant to the location yet some of them leave you scratching your head as to the reason for their existence. Here are some attractions we enjoyed visiting.
Smallest Bar – Key West
Key West is a great time to relax and enjoy a tropical vacation. As you’re roaming downtown you’ll have to be careful cause it’s easy to miss, but the smallest bar exists in Key West just down the street from Margaritaville.
Largest Purple Spoon – Glacier National Park
Just on the west side of Glacier National Park, you’ll find the World’s Largest Purple Spoon. It’s fitting because this area spoons end up being purple from the incredible huckleberry pie that gets eaten off of them!
There are plenty of opportunities to buy fresh local huckleberry jam in and outside of the National Park. Load up! You can store it in the RV and enjoy it while you’re back from your RV Trip.
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox – Bemidji, MN
The story of Paul Bunyan goes way back to a time when he created the well over 10,000 lakes up in Minnesota don’tcha know. He spent a lot of time up in Bemidji and if you are going to spend some time up here in the true north we recommend you stay at the Hamiltons on Fox Lake Campground. Head out from the campground dock where you’ll be on a chain of 3 lakes with incredible fishing. Only a short drive is the beautiful town of Bemidji where you’ll find a MASSIVE statue of the duo that took out so many trees back in the day. The Paul Bunyan bike trail goes from Bemidji to Brainerd Minnesota and considered one of the Nicest bike trails in the country.
Tour Through Tree – Klamath, CA
You may have watched the Geico commercial where they break down in the tree? Either way, it’s a famous spot as it should be. Anytime you get to drive a vehicle through a massive piece of wood is a good time.
The Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world and are hundreds of years old. They also only live near the coastline.
Across the road is the Klamath Camper Corral Campground that fits big rigs. If you don’t have a tow vehicle or pull a 5th wheel with a dually, you can just walk across the road from the camper.
One Log House - California
Not too far down the PCH from the Tour Through Tree is the One Log House. It’s such a unique experience to be able to walk inside one of these wood shells. Worth the stop directly off the PCH and it’s nearby a few campgrounds.
Dinosaurs - Utah
There were a lot of Dinosaurs that roamed the earth many years ago and a fun activity for RVers is to go fossil hunting. Anytime you have a treasure hunting sort of adventure you’re going to find large Dinosaur attractions on the side of the road to take selfies with.
If you want a guaranteed shot of finding fossils, large shark teeth, etc the Peace River RV Resort in central Florida has areas where within 30 seconds of looking you’ve found fossils directly at your campsite.
Devil’s Kettle - Minnesota
For years’ scientists have tried to figure out the mystery that is the Devil’s Kettle. The Devil’s Kettle is a pothole that swallows half of the Brule River which flows through Minnesota’s Judge C.R. Magney State Park. Researchers have poured dye, ping pong balls, dye, and even whole logs into the pothole to see if it eventually shows up somewhere in Lake Superior. But nothing has shown up. So no one knows where it actually goes. You can actually hike and see it yourself, but just make sure you don’t fall in. (www.unmuseum.org/devils_kettle.htm)
Winchester Mystery House - California
Built by Sarah Winchester, after the death of her husband and child. Sarah purchased an 8-room farmhouse and completely transformed it into what it is now a 160-room architectural wonder. The home has stairs that lead to the ceiling, doors that open onto solid walls, secret passageways, and more. It is said she made it this way to confuse evil spirits. Visit the house in San Jose. (winchestermysteryhouse.com)
The Witch House - Massachusetts
The home was Judge Jonathan Corwin’s of Salem. It is the last building standing with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692. Beginning in the early winter months of 1692 and carrying on until May
of the following year, the people of the colony would see 19 people died. (www.thewitchhouse.org)
Leonard Knight’s Technicolor Mountain AKA Salvation Mountain - California
If you’re into art, then you’ll want to check out Leonard Knight’s Technicolor mountain in the California desert. The 50-foot-high mountain is covered with thousands of gallons of lead-free paint, depicting Bible verses and Christian sayings. It is a life-long labor of faith and love. Leonard continues to add to the mountain, it is a work of art that is constantly changing and expanding. Because it is not completed, this is a stop that could be made every year, and you will never get the same pictures twice! Some of the art is made with the native adobe straw.(www.salvationmountain.us/bio.html )
Barney Smith’s Toilet Museum - Texas
Located in San Antonio, a retired master plumber named Barney Smith (known as the King of the Commode) turns toilet seats into works of art. At his museum, you can get your name engraved on a seat if you bring in one that Smith ends up using. (www.roadsideamerica.com/story/6166 )
Prada Marfa - Texas
Head west and you may be thrown off by the unconventional roadside attraction Prada Marfa. Located in Valentine, Prada Marfa isn’t an actual Prada boutique, but an art installation centered around consumerism and gentrification. Although you can see real Prada merchandise inside. The artists want the building to sit there and deteriorate on its own with no upkeep whatsoever. (www.atlasobscura.com/places/prada-marfa)
Dog Bark Park Inn - Idaho
If you own or have a love for dogs, then you’ll appreciate Dog Bark Park Inn, located in Cottonwood. A Bed & Breakfast nestled inside the World’s Biggest Beagle. The rooms filled with dog décor and literature. Guests enter the body of the beagle from a private 2nd story deck. Some of the dog's decorative furnishings are carvings by Dog Bark Park chainsaw artists Dennis & Frances. Inside and up another level to the head of the dog is a loft room with additional sleeping space plus a cozy alcove in the muzzle. (www.dogbarkpark.com)
Cadillac Ranch - Texas
Located along Route 66 in Amarillo, the art installation showcases ten Cadillac’s that are half buried with their noses down. This monument was built as a public sculpture and visitors are encouraged to participate in it. So, it’s ok if you take your can of Krylon with you, leaving your name or an inspiring message, which will, no doubt, be erased by another message soon. (www.legendsofamerica.com/tx-cadillacranch )
Carhenge - Nebraska
Located in Alliance, the monument is called Carhenge and is a replica of the famous Stonehenge. The sculptures are made from cars and car parts and spray painted gray to imitate the historic English landmark. The monument was built by Jim Reinders, as a tribute to his father. (carhenge.com)