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Ultimate List of Road Trip Attractions in the U.S.A.

Jun 16, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by The Pit Boss

Ready to take a road trip? Check out these roadside attractions.

Add a little excitement to your next trip and satisfy your curiosity. From the mysterious to the delicious, to the fascinating or just plain weird, we've researched attractions and sight-seeing stops all over America. 

Know of an awesome spot that should be on this list? Leave us a comment and we'll get it added!

 


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Let's go on an adventure! There are so many sights to see. 

Scroll on through, or select a state in the dropdown to jump to that area! 
 
If you know of an awesome spot that isn't on our list, let us know in a comment and we'll add it!

 

 

 

 

 

Alabama

 
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A fiberglass replica of the world-famous megalith located outside of Orange Beach, Alabama.

Elberta, AL 36530

 
Want a look into Mardi Gras without the craziness? Take a trip to this museum that gives a glimpse into the history of Mardi Gras.

355 Government St, Mobile, AL 36602

 
This museum of oddities was created in the 1970's and hosts a collection of curiosities from around the world (but mostly Alabama!)

970 Highway 169 Seale, Alabama 36875

 

This small dog-friendly park features a walking trail through a small bamboo forest with serene landscape.

800 Upper Kingston Rd, Prattville, AL 36067

 

Because sometimes you just have to see the world's largest office chair.

625 Noble St, Anniston, AL 36201

 

This museum features unique exhibits, sculptures, and paintings throughout world history.

840 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206

 

Vast collection of historic displays, with 7 exhibit halls, a conservatory, trails, and gardens.

840 Museum Dr, Anniston, AL 36206

 

DeSoto Caverns invites you to go on a cave tour, enjoy a light show, or conquer some wall climbing.

5181 Desoto Caverns Pkwy, Childersburg, AL 35044

 

Saturn V rocket and other attractions at a space museum with interactive exhibits and artifacts.

1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805

 
 

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Alaska

 
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Because when you're in Alaska, you should walk under a genuine moose antler arch.

Fairbanks, AK 99701

 

Locally made ice sculptures, slide presentations, and a nightly aurora show set in a vintage theater.

500 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701

 
 

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Arizona

 
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Want to see where a meteorite impacted the earth once upon a time? Check out this ancient meteorite site.

Interstate 40, Winslow, AZ 86047

 

Modeled on Earth, this biosphere greenhouse science center offers tours of a rainforest and ocean over three acres.

32540 S Biosphere Rd, Oracle, AZ 85739

 

This was once a top-secret, Cold War-era missile silo, but now it's a missile museum offering guided tours and exhibits.

1580 Duval Mine Road, Green Valley, AZ 85614

 

Even if you can't make it across the pond, this rebuild of the world-famous London Bridge gives you a taste of England.

1340 McCulloch Blvd, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

  

 
 

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Arkansas

 
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This family-run attraction features an interactive model railroad and a series of handmade miniature villages.

374 Whittington Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

 

Gangster Museum of America
The local area was once home to notorious American gangsters, and this museum highlights it with guided video tours.

510 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR 71901

 

Mine for diamonds, rocks, and minerals on this unique 37+ acre geological site.

209 State Park Rd, Murfreesboro, AR 71958

 

This pristine natural cavern features guided tours and scenic forest trails with waterfalls.

21494 Cavern Dr, Rogers, AR 72756

 
 

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California

 
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Ever seen a tree made of chainsaws? How about a ginormous Paul Bunyan? This attraction off 101 has both of these and so much more.

15500 US-101, Klamath, CA 95548

 

Drive through a massive redwood tree with a drive-thru tunnel carved out of its trunk.

430 CA-169, Klamath, CA 95548

 

This man-carved room sunken at the bottom of a redwood stump provides a magical shaded Eternal Tree House that resembles a huge pile of moldering firewood with a window.

26510 Avenue of the Giants, Redcrest, CA 95569

 

Interested in the mysteries behind the laws of nature? Check out this gravity house and other quirky exhibits.

75001 US-101, Leggett, CA 95585

 
 
 
 

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Colorado

 
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With prison history dating back to 1920s, this macabre attraction features 30 cell exhibits, a gas chamber, and confiscated weapons.

201 N 1st St, Cañon City, CO 81212

 

This one-man creation of a glittery castle is made out of junk.

State St & E 10th Ave, Antonito, CO 81120

 

Check out some gators at this Colorado zoo.

9162 W Co Rd 9 N, Mosca, CO 81146

 

Coming to you from the heart of the Mystical San Luis Valley: a real-life UFO watchtower.

Highway 17, Center, CO 81125 

 
 

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Connecticut

 
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This museum dedicated to P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb also features visiting circus-themed exhibitions.

820 Main St, Bridgeport, CT 06604

 

This stone mansion with unique decor and a medieval-style facade belonged to actor William Gillette.

67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423

 

A collection of wooden dinosaurs created and curated as one man's masterpiece.

2464 CT-32, Uncasville, CT 06382

 

This big rock has been painted like a frog since the 1800s and is so loved it had its own roadside rest area. Eventually it was abandoned, but has recently been restored and the rock has been given a fresh coat of frog paint.

Eastford, CT 06242

 
 
 

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Delaware

 
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Aircraft and artifacts reflecting history of Dover Air Force base in a restored WW II hangar.

1301 Heritage Rd, Dover AFB, DE 19902

 

Museum focused on life of Dover native E.R. Johnson, who founded Victor Talking Machine Co. in 1901.

375 S New St, Dover, DE 19901

 

Civil War fortress on island accessed by ferry, featuring costumed guides and interactive exhibits.

45 Clinton St, Delaware City, DE 19706

 
 
 

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Washington D.C.

 
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Outdoor memorial commemorating people who served in the Korean War through lifelike statues and more.

900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

This historic 1816 home features a huge collection of items from the 1700s-2000s plus hourly tours.

1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

 

Interactive look at the history of espionage features more than 600 artifacts and devices used to spy.

700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Iconic outdoor memorial honoring the 16 million Americans who served during World War II.

1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024

 

This huge, iconic pool on the National Mall reflects the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument.

2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20024

 

Monument to Vietnam War service, featuring a wall with over 58,000 names of dead and missing soldiers.

5 Henry Bacon Dr NW, Washington, DC 20245 

 
 

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Florida

 
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Circa-1949 landmark delivering alligator and snake shows, a petting zoo, a water park, and a zip line.

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837

 

As the name says, Florida is home to the world's smallest police station.

102 Ave A N, Carrabelle, FL 32322

 

Showcase for a NASA shuttle launch simulation, rockets, IMAX films, and astronaut memorabilia.

Florida 32899

 

This museum dedicated to U.S. Presidents and their families also has a miniature White House replica.

123 Hwy 27N, Clermont, FL 34711

 

This old-school tower was built in 1956, and offers 360-degree views from its 226 ft.-high observation deck.

141 US-27, Clermont, FL 34711

 
 

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Georgia

 
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Ever wanted to see a giant peanut modeled with the face of a former president?

148 GA-45, Plains, GA 31780

 

Blow off some steam. This outdoor venue offers tank-, excavator- and bulldozer-driving lessons, with an option to crush a car.

10408 Appalachian Hwy, Morganton, GA 30560

 

Old Car City in White, Georgia contains the worlds largest known classic car junkyard.

3098 US-411, White, GA 30184

 

This cryptid museum pays homage to the world-famous Sasquatch.

1934 GA-515, Cherry Log, GA 30522

 
 
 
 

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Hawaii

 
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Tropical forest area featuring a long, subterranean cave formed by ancient flowing lava.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718

 

This 9-foot bronze sculpture honors the Hawaiian Olympic champion and father of international surfing.

Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

 

Opulent 19th-century home of Hawaii’s last monarchs operating as a museum with tours and exhibits.

364 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96813

 

Who likes tourists? No one. That’s why this is the best place to go check out one of Hawaii’s most famous natural wonders (without the crowds). It’s hidden, off the beaten track, and relatively unknown.

1492 Kaumana Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 

 
 
 

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Idaho

 
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Landmark spot boasts tours in underground lava caves with ice formations, plus a museum and gift shop.

1561 State Hwy 75, Shoshone, ID 83352

 

Famous ramp where daredevil Evel Knievel attempted to cross the canyon on a steam-powered rocket.

Twin Falls, ID 83301

 

Because when you're in Idaho, you have to visit exhibits on the history of potatoes.

130 NW Main St, Blackfoot, ID 83221

 

Drive-thru wildlife tours, a petting zoo with public feeding times and kids’ rides open April-October.

6010 S 4300 W, Rexburg, ID 83440

  
 
 

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Illinois

 
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Want to get away from tourists and traffic? Visit this ghost town that was once a booming Mississippi River port town.

Cairo, IL

 

Take a stroll down memory lane and pay a visit to this old-school classic arcade in Illinois. It’s known as America’s largest collection of retro video games, and all you need are some quarters for a good time.

9415 Ogden Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513

 

Because everyone should take a look at the biggest condiment bottle on the planet.

305 Railroad Ave, Collinsville, IL 62234

 

Built in 1934 by a local businessman, this half-sized tower replicates the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

6300 W Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714

 

Nostalgic relics from The Mother Road, such as shield murals, photos, license plates, and more.

110 W Howard St, Pontiac, IL 61764

 
 

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Indiana

 
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This museum features a collection of over a century of automobile and military vehicle history and showcases the classic Studebaker.

201 Chapin St, South Bend, IN 46601

 

Visit this mysterious hill and you’ll find your car rolling uphill.

Keller Hill Rd, Mooresville, IN 46158

 

Pay a visit to Public Enemy Number One, the body of one of the world’s most famous outlaws is buried in Indianapolis.

700 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

 

Because when in Indiana, you should visit the world's largest ball of paint.

10696 N 200 W, Alexandria, IN 46001

 

Park home to myriad cultural venues also offers bike rentals, gondola rides, and Segway tours.

801 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

 
 

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Iowa

 
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Grab a burger at this zombie-themed restaurant.

300 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

 

Pay tribute to the Duke and visit the very place where film icon and legendary cowboy, John Wayne, was born.

205 S John Wayne Dr, Winterset, IA 50273

 

This farm turned set of the famed 1989 baseball movie features group tours and a gift shop.

28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA 52040

 

Cafe, aquarium, boatyard, cinema and exhibits exploring life in and around America's riverways.

350 E 3rd St, Dubuque, IA 52001

 

Park with hiking trails showcasing caves and other geological landmarks plus picnicking and camping.

9688 Caves Rd, Maquoketa, IA 52060

 
 
 

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Kansas

 
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The Evel Knievel Museum at Historic Harley-Davidson
If you’re a daredevil rediscover the spectacle of the death-defying Evel Knievel show.

2047 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612

 

Cowtown is a living history museum where you’ll experience life in the 1870s.

1865 Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203

 

Imaginative and colorful botanical garden with children's areas, a butterfly house, and more.

701 Amidon St, Wichita, KS 67203

 

Blackbear Bosin's 44-ft. Indian chief statue stands at a confluence reachable by two footbridges.

650 N Seneca St, Wichita, KS 67203

 

Unique chalk formations found to contain a number of notable 80-million-year-old fossils.

Gove 16, Oakley, KS 67748 

 

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Kentucky

 
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This is the first alcoholic beverage facility to be name a National Historic Landmark. Learn how the famous red-wax covered liquor came to be one of the most prominent, iconic, and beloved alcoholic drinks in America.

3350 Burks Spring Rd, Loretto, KY 40037

 

Take a tour through the history, heritage and lore of Kentucky Bourbon making and educational Bourbon tasting at this multi-generational family owned and operated distillery.

1311 Gilkey Run Rd, Bardstown, KY 40004

 

Originally opened on Derby Day in 1935 and reopened to the public in 2014, the Stitzel-Weller Distillery is one of the true cathedrals of the American whiskey industry.

3860 Fitzgerald Rd, Louisville, KY 40216

 

Take a tour and get a glimpse behind the scenes of the world famous Kentucky Derby.

704 Central Ave, Louisville, KY 40208

 

A giant baseball bat marks this venue offering tours and exhibits on the sports-equipment icon.

800 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202  

 
 

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Louisiana

 
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Housed in a former 1920s Louisiana auto dealership, this museum displays more than 60 vintage cars, motorcycles, fire trucks, and more.

Shreveport, LA 71101

 

A free, fun attraction that immerses you in nature and Louisiana's unique culture.

2740 Ruth St, Sulphur, LA 70665

 

This castle-style former statehouse is now a museum dedicated to Louisiana political history.

100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

 

This veteran battleship-turned-museum features naval history exhibits, ship models, and memorials.

305 S River Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

 

More than 200 acres of flowers and trees featuring a Chinese garden plus a bird sanctuary.

Louisiana 329 and Main Road, Avery Island, LA 70513

 

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Maine

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Maine is known for its lighthouses. Stop by and get an in-depth look at one of these iconic, historic structures.

12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

 

Waterside spot with 250 acres of manicured gardens, natural landscapes, and trails.

132 Botanical Gardens Dr, Boothbay, ME 04537

 

Easternmost point on the U.S. mainland, with trails, varied wildlife, and a striped, 1808 lighthouse.

973 S Lubec Rd, Lubec, ME 04652

 

This 19th-century granite fort features a modern bridge with a 420-ft. observation tower.

740 Ft Knox Rd, Prospect, ME 04981

 
 

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Maryland

 
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Park around the historic waterway, offering mule-drawn boat rides, natural areas and a visitor center.

205 W Potomac St, Williamsport, MD 21795

 

Barrier-island park known for migrating wild horses also offers sandy beaches, camping, and fishing.

6915 Stephen Decatur Hwy, Berlin, MD 21811

 

Historic site of the famous 1862 Civil War battle features tours, interpretive programs, and park land.

302 E Main St, Sharpsburg, MD 21782