Worth the Stop: America’s Most Bizarre Road Trip Attractions

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Van driving through Arches National Park/Image Credit: Image by Pexels from Pixabay

It’s probably been a while since you’ve gone on a proper road trip. Maybe staying at home so much has made you eager to see everything the United States has to offer, both the wonderful and the weird. Well, this list definitely has the “weird” covered. Get ready for a bizarre trip across the country!

Mothman Statue – West Virginia

Mothman Statue/Image Credit: Mothman Museum

An icon of American weirdness, the Mothman is a creature of folklore, or a “cryptid,” said to lurk around the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Legend says that bad fortune follows a Mothman sighting, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming Point Pleasant’s unofficial mascot. The town even has a 12-foot metal statue of the creature, though whether it really looks like him, we cannot verify.

Guidestones – Georgia

Georgia Guidestones/Image Credit: Dina Eric on Flickr

Sometimes called the “American Stonehenge,” the Georgia Guidestones are very mysterious, and a bit spooky. Commissioned in 1980 by a man using a fake name representing an anonymous organization, the monument features guidelines for society carved into four granite slabs in 8 different languages, including ancient ones like Egyptian hieroglyphics. With no known explanation for its creation, this monument is truly bizarre.

World’s Largest Ball of Twine – Kansas

World’s Largest Ball of Twine/Image Credit: Cawker City

You may be asking, “Why?” We don’t have the answer to that, but we do know this is one of the most unique roadside attractions in the country. Estimated to weigh about 20,000 pounds and with a 41-foot circumference, this attraction is an accomplishment of cooperation: every year Cawker City, Kansas, hosts a “Twine-a-Thon” where residents and tourists alike can contribute to the record-breaking ball.

Carhenge – Nebraska

Carhenge/Image Credit: Carhenge

While the Georgia Guidestones may have more mystical vibes like the Stonehenge, Nebraska’s Carhenge is a bit more fun – and of course we love cars here at BestRide.com. This monument is basically what it sounds like: a Stonehenge replica made not of stone, but motor vehicles. Car culture is strong in the US, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate it.

Roswell – New Mexico

Exhibit at the International UFO Museum/Image Credit: City of Roswell

No weird road trip would be complete without the alien capital of the world – Roswell, New Mexico. The town has embraced its history of UFO activity, and aliens are not hard to spot. Roswell is home to the International UFO Museum as well as extraterrestrial-themed restaurants and shops. And if you happen to be passing through in July, check out the UFO Festival.

The Thing – Arizona

The Thing Museum/Image Credit: Bowlin’s The Thing

“The Thing” in southern Arizona is arguably the most advertised roadside attraction in the US. Over 200 billboards between El Paso and Phoenix all ask the same question: What is The Thing? Well, we don’t want to ruin the surprise, but if you do visit, be prepared to go on a journey through time and space that may make you leave with even more questions than answers.

Cabazon Dinosaurs – California

Mr. Rex/Image Credit: Cabazon Dinosaurs

If these giant dinos look familiar to you, perhaps you’ve seen them in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”, “Fallout: New Vegas”, or one of the other pieces of pop culture they’ve been featured in. Located near Palm Springs, Dinny the Dinosaur and Mr. Rex were first built in the 1970s and 1980s to attract attention to a nearby restaurant. These beasts are certainly eye-catching, and Dinny himself even houses a museum and gift shop inside his large belly.

If you do decide to trek this strange path across the United States, we only ask that you are responsible, respectful, enjoy yourself, and embrace the weird. And if you need a reliable vehicle to take you on your epic journey, we know where you can find one.

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and inherited her interest in cars from her dad. She previously worked at Phoenix Raceway, where she assisted with communications for NASCAR events. Currently, Kasey writes automotive content for BestRide and works with auto and auto-adjacent businesses to strengthen their social media presence.