Road trips can be a lot of fun. They can also be long and boring. I’ve been on both. But my favorite are the trips that allow me the freedom to get off the beaten path and seek out the fun and quirky attractions that are found along the best road trip routes in the U.S.
For me, Roadside Attractions have the ability to brighten every trip and turn it into something memorable. That’s why I often plan my route around as many Roadside Attractions as I can find.
Whether they are the world’s largest, a collection of folk art (like the Springfield Rock Garden), a historic landmark or simply something weird and unusual like this UFO, roadside attractions make a great pit stop when traveling long distances.
My family now know when they travel with me, they can expect to stop at each and everyone we pass. I guess you could say that I love Roadside Attractions! My Obsession with Roadside Attractions Began as a little girl and hasn’t waned. Here I am nearing 50 and I still look forward to checking out these weird unusual road trip sites.
How to Find Roadside Attractions
If you’re asking how you can find Roadside Attractions, you’ve come to the right spot. I have an entire post on my process—-> How to Find Roadside Attractions in the U.S. and other stops worth Visiting
My favorite tool when it comes to seeking out these crazy stops is Roadtrippers. I pay for the premium version, Roadtrippers Plus, which allows me to plan longer trips with up to 150 stops (my kind of trip!), have access to offline maps, share your route and plan with friends, and gain access to exclusive deals and savings. Plus, this only costs you $24 for an entire year when you use the code TRAVELINSPIRED to save $5 off the annual membership. (affiliate)
The World’s Largest Roadside Attractions
These fun and quirky stops are a great way to liven up a road trip or at the very least, provide a fun photo opp and a place to stretch your legs. The following is a list of attractions that my family has visited. I am hopelessly behind so check back, I’ll be adding more to this list.
Route 66 Roadside Attractions
The Blue Whale of Catoosa – one of my favorites!
Roadside Attractions in the Midwest
Roadside Attractions in the Southeast
The World’s Second Largest Gator Roadside Attraction in Kissimmee, Florida– Sadly, this attraction has been demolished since my visit.
Roadside Attractions in the Southwest
More Roadside Attraction Posts
I’ve been taking photos of roadside attractions for quite a few years now. Last year, I took those photos and used them to create and publish a Roadside Attractions Adult Coloring Book? Yep! I told you that I love roadside attractions. What better way to relive your travel memories (or to do some armchair traveling) than by coloring some of the places you’ve been to or want to go? Adult coloring books are a great stress reliever and ideal when we need to be indoors, stave off a long wait or just want something to calm us down.
This coloring book has 25 pages and was featured in Conde Nast Traveler!