5 Oddball Attractions to Visit This Summer
You may do a fair amount of driving this summer, Monterey in tow as you seek out your next great destination. Fortunately, wacky roadside attractions are there to keep you entertained along the way!
Take a look at today’s blog as we explore some of the wackiest attractions worth making the detour for this summer.
World’s Largest Talking Cow
It only makes sense that you’d find the world’s largest talking cow—aptly named Chatty Belle—in Wisconsin, the cheesiest state in the USA. A clever voice box and a whopping 16-by-20-feet frame give Chatty her title, and you can visit her in Neillsville… maybe as you make your way toward the Great Lakes? A smaller but equally charming boating opportunity exists on the nearby Black River, where you can canoe and meander past the wooded shore.
This Route 66 stop has captivated car lovers, artists, and travelers from every corner of the country. Located in Amarillo, Texas, this “ranch” is really a collection of Cadillacs sticking out, upright, from the ground they’re buried in. The shtick is that they’re bright and covered in the names, designs, and abstract scrawlings of all who pass by. You can pose with them or take a hands-on approach and leave some artwork of your own!
A great nearby boating haven, Lake Meredith, is a quick drive north of Amarillo and offers plenty of room for fishing and, of course, summer water sports.
Heading west toward Catalina Island off California’s coast? Before you leave the mainland, consider making a stop near Palm Springs to visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs. You’ll find the world’s largest concrete dinosaur here: a friendly Apatosaurus who weighs a whopping 150 tons! Named Ms. Dinny, she’s just one of the prehistoric figures found here. Her friend, Mr. Rex, is another to marvel at! You can picnic under the shade of both as you enjoy the one-of-a-kind view.
There’s more than one roadside attraction to ogle at as you make your way down North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway. You might be on your way to nearby Lake Larson when you spot them: towering scrap metal sculptures in the shapes of farmers, fish, and (the world’s largest) even a pair of geese. It’s a quirky sight to see—but one definitely worth beholding!
Area 51 in New Mexico may be a top spot for soaking up alien lore—but on the East Coast, Mars, Pennsylvania is the place to be. It’s a small town with a big surprise… a flying saucer right at its heart! It’s a must-do photo op, and has served as the center of celebration for events like NASA’s Martian New Year.
Whether you’re traveling from coast to coast, or just across the state to your favorite fishing lake, we hope that today’s blog helps you find ways to have fun all the while! Keep your eyes open, because you never quite know what’s waiting for you on the side of the road.