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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

World's Largest Six-Pack of Beer, a roadside attraction in La Crosse, Wisconsin

The 15 Best Wisconsin Roadside Attractions

Are you planning a Wisconsin road trip and want to find all the best Wisconsin roadside attractions along your route? Whether you’ve driving across I-94 or spending a weekend getaway in Milwaukee, you won’t want to miss these these 15 must-see places to go in Wisconsin. They’re fun pit stops on the road and great additions to your travel itinerary...

Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska - Stonehenge made from cars roadside attraction in Nebraska.

The 15 Best Nebraska Roadside Attractions

Are you planning a Nebraska road trip and want to find all the best Nebraska roadside attractions along your route? Whether you’ve driving across I-80 or exploring the Sandhills Journey, you won’t want to miss these these 15 must-see places to go in Nebraska. They’re fun pit stops on the road and great additions to your travel itinerary. Below are...

World’s Largest Time Capsule in Seward, Nebraska

World’s Largest Time Capsule in Seward, Nebraska

Just outside of Lincoln, on an unassuming road, in the Southeast part of Nebraska, you’ll find a big pyramid-shaped object next to a sideways zigzag protruding from the ground. This is the world’s largest time capsule. And you won’t believe what’s inside! The late Harold Keith Davisson (1907-1999), a local writer, store owner, and historian, built...

Giant Superman Statue in Metropolis, Illinois.

The 15 Best Illinois Roadside Attractions

Are you ready to take an Illinois road trip and find the best Illinois roadside attractions along the way? Whether you’re taking a car trip with kids or a weekend getaway with friends these 15 places to go in Illinois make fun pit stops on the road and great additions to your travel itinerary. I grew up in Illinois and have lived in the state all of my life...

Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

Working Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa

Why is there a Danish Windmill in Elk Horn, Iowa? Elk Horn and nearby Kimballton (home of the Little Mermaid fountain) make up the largest Danish settlement in the United States. In the 1940s the town raised over $30,000 to buy one for themselves and have it shipped over from Denmark. The Danish windmill was built in Norre Snede, Denmark in 1848. In 1976, it was...

50 Best Road Trip Quotes to Inspire Your Adventures

50 Best Road Trip Quotes to Inspire Your Adventures

I love road trips and am always ready to pack up the car, pull out a map, and start an adventure. These road trip quotes might just inspire you to do the same. Not all of these sayings were originally quotes about road trips, but, all the same, they are meant to make you think, make you laugh, or to inspire you to hit the road and plan your next journey. From funny...

The Givins Castle in Chicago, Illinois. The only castle in Chicago. Open House Chicago.

The Givins Castle in Chicago, Illinois

The Robert C. Givins Castle, also known as the “Irish Castle” or just “The Castle,” is a marvel of medieval-inspired architecture at home in the south side of Chicago, Illinois. The building, the only castle in Chicago, sits at the corner of 103rd Street and Longwood Drive in the Beverly community on Chicago’s south side. Since 1942, the...

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota - Minneapolis roadside attractions in Minnesota

Hahn/Cock: a Big Blue Rooster in Minneapolis (and London)

Cock a doodle blue! This big blue rooster is an newly iconic sculpture at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Walker Art Center in Minnesota. Titled “Hahn/Cock” it’s the work of German artist Katharina Fristch…and it might just have you seeing double! “Hahn/Cock” is named using both the German and English words for rooster (but not...