Living Large! Retro Roadside Attractions with Massive Appeal

Gator_FloridaImage via Palm Beach Post

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.

Dole Watertower_HonoluluImage via Shaniee

The pineapple-shaped water tower at Dole sweetened the Honolulu skyline until its removal in 1993.

Owl_1935_LAImage via Memory of the Netherlands

With glowing eyes and a pivoting head, the LA-area Hoot Hoot Ice Cream Shack must have been a hit!

Goose_WashingtonImage via SwellMap

The Wild Goose Statue in Wawa, Ontario.

Paul & Babe in Bemidji, MNImages via giaeejing and Jesse Thorstad

No trip to Bemidji, Minnesota would be complete without a photo with Paul Bunyan.

Shoe_YorkImage via SwellMap

Get out and stretch your legs while exploring this shoe-shaped house in York, Pennsylvania.

Gevalia TrucksImage via County Museum of Gävleborg

Why pull over to see the sights, when you can savor these Gevalia coffee trucks from the passing lane?

The Big Duck_long Island NYImage via SwellMap

Once a local egg emporium, The Big Duck continues to charm local residents and visitors to Flanders, New York.

Whale_QuebecImage via SwellMap

Our hearts swell at the sight of  The Whale at Matane-Sur-Mer, Quebec.

Donut Hole_CaliforniaImage via John Margolies

Hungry for a snack? Exit the highway and drive through The Donut Hole in La Puenta, California.

Fish CafeImage via Lisa’s Retro Style

Grab a bite in fierce style at this fish-inspired eatery.

Dog B&B_Cottonwood IDImage via Autoweek

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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  1. Rene' 06/06/2013 at 2:21 pm #

    🙂 We totally went to Gatorland when I was a kid 🙂

  2. Fiona 06/07/2013 at 3:44 am #

    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!

  3. Becky 06/07/2013 at 7:04 am #

    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 So fun!

  4. chenoa 06/22/2013 at 1:53 pm #

    the donut hole is in my town , la puente, ca!


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