10 Quirky Roadside Attractions Worth Pulling Over For

Hit the highway for these spectacularly unusual destinations.

ByJoanna Prisco
September 08, 2014, 1:20 PM
PHOTO: Hole 'N the Rock in Moah, Utah
Hole 'N the Rock in Moah, Utah

— -- intro: Road-tripping Americans love quirk. From boulder-size balls of yarn to Area 51, there is no limit to destinations around the country that are just a little left of center.

But some are more popular than others.

"For travelers looking for unique road trip sights, TripAdvisor identified some of the country’s quirkiest roadside attractions that offer fun and affordable Americana appealing to all ages,” said Julie Cassetina, senior public relations specialist at TripAdvisor.

In fact, it rounded up the top 10 reviewed quirky destinations beloved by its users. Take a look and tell us which ones would make you want to pull over:

quicklist: 1title: 1. Tinkertown Museum, Sandia Park, New Mexico text: This “delightfully whimsical museum created by a creative character" is "well worth a visit if you're in the Sandia/Turquoise Trail area,” of Albuquerque commented a TripAdvisor reviewer. Its 22 rooms feature original folk art displays, including a miniature animated western town and a three-ring circus. media: 25351789

quicklist: 2title: 2. The Rain Barrel Artisan Village, Islamorada, Florida text: Located at mile marker 86.7 in the Florida Keys, “the great big lobster out front will catch your eye while driving," said a TripAdvisor review of this 20-year-old village featuring art galleries, shops, and a vegetarian café. "It is always good to get out and stretch your legs and this is an ideal place for that.” media: 25351737

quicklist: 3title: 3. Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska text: “A replica of Stonehenge made from cars is certainly one of the more unusual things you're likely to see," noted a TripAdvisor reviewer of this structure made from 38 vintage autos in northwest Nebraska. Spooky, too.media: 25351543

quicklist: 4title: 4. Trees of Mystery, Klamath, California text: If jaw-dropping nature is more your speed, head over to the Redwood National Forest where these majestic trees tower over impeccably groomed trails. You'll know you've arrived when you see a 49-foot Paul Bunyan statue and his sidekick, Baby the Blue Ox.media: 25351380

quicklist: 5title: 5. Foamhenge, Natural Bridge, Virginia text: The East Coast's answer to Carhenge is Foamhenge, a popular Styrofoam structure built to mirror Stonehenge. “Located in the middle of a field in between the Virginia Safari Park and Natural Bridge on the side of Route 11, it's a free treat that will surely make you smile,” commented a TripAdvisor reviewer.media: 25351251

quicklist: 6title: 6. Lucy the Margate Elephant, Margate City, New Jersey text: “Lucy is a delightful, cheerful and simple attraction that is the beloved center of the Margate community,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler on the six-story elephant-shaped architecture created in the late 1880s near Atlantic City. Perfect for photo opps and a bit of history.media: 25351103

quicklist: 7title: 7. Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas text: Motorheads, street-art fiends and lovers of quirk all consider this installation of half-buried Cadillac Sedans that have been painted by passersby in various electric shades a "classic stop." media: 25350745

quicklist: 8title: 8. Hole ‘N the Rock, Moab, Utah text: Tour this historic 5,000 square-foot home, featuring a 65-foot chimney, 14 generously sized rooms, large pillars, and a bathtub--all built into a colossal rock in Utah’s Canyonlands Country. "“This home is quite an architectural gem and a tribute to a couple who loved life and followed their dreams," said a TripAdvisor traveler.media: 25350563

quicklist: 9title: 9. Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota text: A tribute to the agricultural heritage of South Dakota, this iconic structure is annually redecorated corn, grains, and native grasses. media: 25350468

quicklist: 10title: 10. Roadside America, Shartlesville, Pennsylvania text: “Suspend reality for a bit and get ready for some nostalgia and a slice of Americana," opined one TripAdvisor reviewer, recalling a visit to this 8,000 square-foot display with "more than 300 structures, 18 trains, trollies and cable cars, and 10,000 hand-made trees."media: 25350273

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