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Traveling can be a truly eye-opening experience, with scenery, cuisine, architecture, and crowds to excite all of the senses. While the thought of a cross-country road trek can leave one weary, we’ll never tire of the classic charm that attracts visitors to oversized roadside attractions! Inspired by local folklore, wildlife, and plain old fun, these highway head-turners have been a staple of highways throughout history. Whether you’ve got a weekend of cruising on your calendar or you’re just in the mood to journey through your imagination, these retro snapshots of kitschy, colossal landmarks are sure to entertain.
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The pineapple-shaped water tower at Dole sweetened the Honolulu skyline until its removal in 1993.
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With glowing eyes and a pivoting head, the LA-area Hoot Hoot Ice Cream Shack must have been a hit!
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The Wild Goose Statue in Wawa, Ontario.
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No trip to Bemidji, Minnesota would be complete without a photo with Paul Bunyan.
Get out and stretch your legs while exploring this shoe-shaped house in York, Pennsylvania.
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Why pull over to see the sights, when you can savor these Gevalia coffee trucks from the passing lane?
Once a local egg emporium, The Big Duck continues to charm local residents and visitors to Flanders, New York.
Our hearts swell at the sight of The Whale at Matane-Sur-Mer, Quebec.
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Hungry for a snack? Exit the highway and drive through The Donut Hole in La Puenta, California.
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Grab a bite in fierce style at this fish-inspired eatery.
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This bow-wow-themed bed and breakfast in Cottonwood, Idaho is bound to have weary tales wagging.
Do you have a favorite roadside attraction from your own travels?
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🙂 We totally went to Gatorland when I was a kid 🙂
Yay I’m glad road side attractions are getting some love, it’s a secret hobby of mine to go round taking pictures of all the big Things in Australia, I even have a blog on it because I’m super lame like that 😛 I’d love to drive through that donut!! eep, so perfect!
There’s a place called Foamhenge in Virginia. It’s a replica of Stonehenge made of…foam. It’s incredible! I took some shots and shared them on my blog http://thepinksamurai.blogspot.com/2013/05/leaving-east-coast-part-1.html So fun!
the donut hole is in my town , la puente, ca!
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