Top 10 Quirkiest Highway Attractions in the United States
The U.S. Interstate system turned 50 in 2007. In honor of this Golden Anniversary, we listed the top ten quirkiest attractions along the nation's U.S. Interstates.
Compiled by the best travel writers around, members of the Society of American Travel Writers, these pit stops are just what you need to make your road trip one for the books.
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Top 10 Quirky Attractions Along U.S. Interstates
Amarillo , Texas
Ten tail-finned Cadillacs are ''planted'' nose-down in the prairie beside the I-40 service road in Amarillo, Texas.
Plant City, Fla.
These model dinos tower over the pathways of a 12-acre forest. The irony, of course, is that dinosaurs never roamed Florida — it was under water at the time. After visiting the museum for some background on the Age of Dinosaurs, wander around and marvel at these massive scientifically-accurate models. (813) 717-9865
Jell-O Museum and Gallery
Visit the home where JELL-O©, America's favorite "fun" desert, was invented and discover Jell-O's beginning in the Jell-O Gallery.
Here ''Colonel'' Sanders ran a motel and restaurant, a small business that grew into KFC. The original restaurant is now a KFC museum.
Leila's Hair Museum
This small museum contains a collection of more than 2,000 objects woven from human hair and horsehair including hair wreaths, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, watch chains and other objects of art or jewelry. It is considered the largest collection of its kind in the world. The museum is also the home of the Victorian Hairwork Society, dedicated to the art of collecting, preserving and making hairwork.
St. Ignace, Mich.
An approximate 300-foot diameter of land where strange occurrences happen. Tall people become shorter, gravity is defied and things just don't work the way the laws of physics say they should in this one unique place in northern Michigan.
What started in the Great Depression with a small drugstore offering free ice water to travelers has turned into a massive emporium offering everything from western items, gifts and collectibles and authentic native South Dakota jackalopes.
World's Largest Roadrunner Statue
Fort Stockton, Texas
The Paisano Pete roadrunner statue is 20 feet long, 15 feet tall, located in Fort Stockton on the way to Big Bend National Park.
(800) 8888-TEX (839)
World's Largest Truck Stop
Includes a Trucking Hall of Fame, annual Truckers' Jamboree, Iowa 80 Kitchen restaurant, fast food court, truckers' warehouse store, service station and, for truckers' only, a second floor with Dolby Surround Sound movie theater, Driver's Den complete with fireplace, laundry facilities, barber shop, and dental office; 24 private showers and plenty of AT&T Phones.
World's Tallest Thermometer
Baker, CA -
This 134-foot tall symbol to the high temperatures in Death Valley puts tiny Baker on the weather map. It's a landmark in this desert country and Baker is a popular stopping point on the route, the major road between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. A sure bet — It's going to be hot here.