The ultimate list of roadside attractions (21-30)
This ultimate list of roadside attractions continues here on page three (list: #21 – #30). Click here to go to the beginning of this list.
Lunar Lander roadside attraction in Westonia, Mississippi
A Lunar Lander trainer from the Apollo 13 mission is an extraordinary piece of space history on display at an unsuspecting place, a rest stop in Westonia, Mississippi. Granted, this is not an ordinary rest area, but rather a large Mississippi and Hancock County Welcome Center. Located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Highway 607 on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, this Welcome Center includes a 7,000 square foot facility and is situated on 60 acres of land that includes picnic facilities.
Goats on Trees from Marrakesh to Essaouira, Morocco
The Enchanted Highway in North Dakota
If you find yourself driving across North Dakota, most likely on I-94, you must take the detour down the Enchanted Highway. The Enchanted Highway is a roadside attraction manufactured by an artist from Regent, ND to draw tourists to the town. The highway consists of eight of the world’s largest scrap metal sculptures. Subjects are North Dakota sights such as geese, deer, fish, pheasants, and grasshoppers.
The Big Chicken of Marietta, Georgia
The Big Chicken is actually an iconic Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located in Marietta, Georgia. It’s located in the busiest part of the city – at the intersection of Cobb Parkway and Roswell Road. It’s 56 feet high and stands out so prominently that it’s almost ubiquitous in conversation.
Bradrona, New Zealand
Bradrona is located in the middle of highway in Cardrona, New Zealand. A long fence was built along the empty field, hanged full of bras to raise awareness and funds for breast cancers. Such culture began in 1999 when four bras appeared mysteriously along the fence. Being rebranded to Bradrona in 2005, the donation box had collected over $30,000 to date.
Gnomesville is one of many roadside attractions in Western Australia
Gnomesville, quirky collection of over 3000 gnomes living roadside in Western Australia since 1995 is the world’s largest collection of gnomes. Thousands of them have migrated from all over the world, originally in protest of the construction of a roundabout. Strolling through Gnomesville there is a sense of magical whimsy and most have signs with gnomish puns. It takes an hour or so to greet these little folk in their not so little village. The area of Ferguson Valley is a local farming community and many have ‘gnome’ idea how magical the natural beauty of this area truly is.
Desert View Tower, a roadside attraction in Jacumba, California
Located alongside Interstate 8 about 90 miles east of San Diego, and 40 miles west of El Centro, is a roadside attraction known as Desert View Tower. The Tower made of stone stands some 70-foot-high and was built in memory of the area’s pre-highway days, when the journey between Yuma and the Pacific Ocean took an arduous month to cross.
Dynjandi Waterfall, Iceland
When driving across Iceland you’re never far from a breath-taking waterfall. It’s incredible just how many are on the roadside, from Skogafoss in the south to Godafoss in the north. Dynjandi waterfall, just off route 60 in the Westfjords, falls a huge 100 meters and is one of the most dramatic and wild in Iceland.
World’s largest cuckoo clock in Schonachbach, Germany
The world’s largest cuckoo clock can be found next to the road in Germany, in a small village called Schonachbach. It’s functioning like a real clock, but is home to a 150kg cuckoo bird who comes out and call on the half hour and hour. For those who are interested, it’s also possible to go inside and have a look at the mechanical mechanism behind the world’s largest cuckoo clock! Entrance costs 2 Euro.
The Sun Voyager (Sólfar) in Reykjavik, Iceland
The Sun Voyager, or as it’s named locally Sólfar is a famous sculpture next to the road in Reykjavik, Iceland. It was created by Jón Gunnar Árnason and was unveiled back in 1990. Most tourists who see this sculpture immediately thinks it’s a viking ship, and it sure has many similarities, but the Sun Voyager is in fact meant to be some kind of a dream boat, or an ode to the sun. The artist himself has said that the intention was to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom. Nowadays, it’s a classic tourist attraction in Reykjavik, and it’s well worth seeing. The Sun Voyager can be found at Sæbraut road. Nearby you also have the iconic concert hall Harpa.
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