The U.S.A.'s Weirdest Roadside Attractions

by Colleen Clark

After apple pies and Big Macs, there are few things more American than the summer road trip. From Route 66 to the Pacific Coast Highway, put the pedal to the metal and you'll discover majestic landscapes, small-town hospitality, regional grub…and some seriously weird roadside attractions. But you'll never get where you're going if you hit the brakes for every giant ball of twine, oversize sculpture, and tchotchke emporium. So we've mapped out seven must-see, detour-worthy pit stops. From Technicolor man-made mountains to the corniest attraction in the Midwest, this wackiness will take you from sea to shining sea.

Published May 2011. Pictured: The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Wisconsin.

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