“Life is a journey, not a destination”. Truck drivers spent much of their time going on journeys around the country. As exciting as this may seem, sometimes the views from your trailer can get a little dull. Luckily, there are ways to break up the endless stream of white lines, stop signs, and tail lights. There are many unique and beautiful sites that conveniently located close to major U.S. highways. Whether you’re just driving by or taking some time to explore these distinctive spots, here are some of the best roadside attractions you can see from your cab.
Best Roadside Attractions in the United States
Cadillac Ranch is a psychedelic public art installation located right off of I-40 in Amarillo, Texas. This striking sculpture was built in 1974 by the art group Ant Farm. When visiting Cadillac Ranch, you’ll find a stretch of colorfully painted 1949-1963 model Cadillacs with their front ends buried in the ground.
The Fremont Troll
Are you passing by Seattle, Washington any time soon? The Fremont Troll is definitely worth a quick stop. This towering troll lives under the George Washington Memorial Bridge and has an actual Volkswagen Beetle in its clutches. Need some exercise? Visitors are allowed to climb on the troll and you can even pop out his hubcap eye!
Mount Rushmore is one of the most popular sites on our list of the best roadside attractions in America. This monument is located slightly south of I-90 in Keystone, South Dakota. It depicts U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. This granite sculpture serves as a piece of American history and pop culture worthy of your on-the-road photo album.
Americana at its finest. You can find this modified version of England’s Stonehenge in Alliance, Nebraska. Rather than a circle of large standing stones, Carhenge is made entirely of vintage automobiles sprayed with grey paint.
World’s Largest Six Pack
Need for a cold one? You’re in luck. You can visit the world’s largest six-pack in La Crosse, Wisconsin right off U.S. Route 61. Built in the late sixties, these larger than life beer cans are constructed from old tanks and wallpapered images—just don’t drink these and drive, folks.
You may feel like you’ve landed on another planet when you’re approaching Biosphere 2. But, we assure you that you’re still here on Earth. Oracle, Arizona to be exact. Biosphere 2 is a glass building which houses an Earth system science research facility located right off I-10. You can learn about the past, present, and future of our planet while enjoying the beautiful architecture and scenery around you. This center remains the largest closed ecosystem ever created by man.
If you’re in the mood for a scenic detour off I-94, ride through this 32-mile stretch of sculptures near Regent, North Dakota. The Enchanted Highway has the world’s largest collection of scrap metal sculptures. It was built entirely by a retired school teacher named Gary Greff. Pretty impressive, right?
This seven-story basket building is right off of State Route 16 in Dresden, Ohio. It’s the world’s largest replica of a handwoven gift basket. Think of the grand picnic you could have if you packed that up with delicious food and hauled it on your truck.
Do you agree with our list? What are some of the best roadside attractions you’ve seen from your rig? Let us know in the comments below!