Weird Roadside Attractions In Every State

by Shelli Stein

Do you enjoy roadtrips? I do. I love a good roadtrip. And what makes roadtrips even more fun is when there is the potential for some unusual, or even what we might call weird, attractions to stop at. This list of the weirdest roadside attractions in every state is a fascinating read. It includes some really solid picks, too.

As the article reminds us, there are the true gems, the paragons of off-highway kitsch and wonder. If we point our compass in their direction, our road trip automatically becomes more interesting.

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Five Weird Roadside Attractions in the US

For instance, any of you ever been to the Hammer Museum in Alaska?
Hammer Museum
This is a museum devoted to hammers. There are 2,000 of them on display at the roadside stop off Haines Highway. Some even date back to Roman times. That’s a lot of hammers!

Fan of Pez? I became a fan when a friend of mine designed a Pez dispenser to look like her husband as a surprise anniversary gift. In Connecticut you can stop at the Pez factory. The visitor center is a 4,000-square-foot facility. It houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of Pez dispensers

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In Hawaii there’s the Pineapple Garden Maze.

Did you know that there are only a handful of botanical mazes in America that are fixtures year-round? One of them is the Pineapple Garden Maze. Reigning titleholder of “World’s Largest Botanical Maze” for the past decade, this Dole Plantation garden stretches across three acres and comprises some 14,000 plants.

This weird attraction in Kansas takes a few minutes just to make sense of.

The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things

Erika Nelson dedicates her time to visiting over-the-top (and ridiculously large) roadside attractions. She photographs them, goes home, and makes a miniature version to display at her tiny traveling museum of little versions of big things. And it’s only open “by chance.” If you get lucky though, it’s an opportunity to see all of America’s weirdest roadside oddities in miniature form!

Looking for a small chapel to get married in? The weirdest roadside attraction in New York just might work.

Cross Island Chapel
It’s only a 3-mile detour from Thruway Exit 33 (en route south toward Sconondoa Road) to reach the world’s smallest church. Cross Island Chapel is essentially its own island. The tiny white clapboard chapel (which measures just under 29 square feet) sits on a floating jetty in the center of a pond. It technically seats two people but can actually hold three. The chapel still holds weddings. May work for you as long as one of you know how to row a boat!

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Final Thoughts

I’ve only pulled out a few to give you an example of what type of weird roadside attractions are on the list. Check the article out for yourself because I’m quite sure that whatever state or states your next roadtrip wanders through, there’s something on the weirdest roadside attraction list you’ll want to see!

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Christian June 10, 2023 - 2:20 pm

Lovely picture with the blue ice. Where is that located?

Shelli June 10, 2023 - 4:40 pm

Glacier Bay, Alaska. It’s not a weird roadside attraction, but it sure is an awesome attraction!


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