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America’s Craziest Roadside Attractions

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Life on the road can grow tiresome when your daily scenery includes yellow lines and flashing lights. But somewhere along the journey, there are several curious places along the road to stop and admire. All conveniently located off major U.S. highways, each attraction can be admired from the bed of your truck, but by all means, get out and explore these works of art. After all, a wise man once said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Cadillac Ranch

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Photo courtesy of bender16v.com

Right off I-40 in Amarillo, TX is the psychedelic monument Cadillac Ranch. Built in 1974 by the art group Ant Farm, Cadillac Ranch is a stretch of colorfully painted 1949-1963 model Cadillacs with the front end buried in the ground.

The Fremont Troll

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Photo courtesy of www.landscapeandurbanism.com

If you find yourself near Seattle, Washington, The Fremont Troll is worth stepping out of your truck. This troll lives under the George Washington Memorial Bridge and is clenching an actual Volkswagen Beetle. Visitors are aloud to climb all over the troll and even encouraged to pop out his hubcap eye.

Mount Rushmore

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Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

Slightly south of I-90 in Keystone, South Dakota is the famous Mount Rushmore. Depicted in movies, books and other popular works, these 60-foot heads are a piece of American history and pop culture worthy of your on-the-road photo album.

Carhenge

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Photo courtesy of fineartamerica.com

So your truck can’t make it across the Atlantic? No problem. Right off Nebraska Highway 2, Alliance has their own version of Stonehenge—made entirely of vintage automobiles.

World’s Largest Six Pack

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Photo courtesy of www.yelp.com

If you feel the need for a cold one, 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.

Biosphere 2

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Photo courtesy of www.portal.environment.arizona.edu

Is this an episode of Star Wars or Oracle, Arizona? This glass facility right off I-10 can teach you about the past, present and future of our planet.

Enchanted Highway

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Photo courtesy of firewhenreadypottery.com

If you’re in the mood for a scenic detour off I-94, ride through a 32-mile stretch of sculptures near Regent, North Dakota. Boasting the world’s largest collection of scrap metal sculptures, the Enchanted Highway was built entirely by retired school teacher Gary Greff.

Longaberger Homestead

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Photo courtesy of www.theclio.com

This seven story basket right off State Route 16 in Dresden, Ohio is 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.

Author: Hit The Road Jack

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