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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.

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Former World’s Largest Horseshoe in Martinsville, Illinois

Hold your horses and check this roadside attraction out! The big horseshoe is Martinsville, Illinois was once the world’s largest horseshoe. But this was no one-horse race, so while it has lost its official title, don’t put this one out to pasture just yet. Located at the entrance to the Martinsville fairgrounds, the giant horseshoe measures 5-feet 8 inches by 4 feet...

Road trip snack boxes

Road trip snack boxes

Road trip snack boxes are a fun way to get some nourishment throughout the day on long car rides. By bringing along your own snacks you’ll save money from stopping at gas stations and by divvying them up among passengers you’ll save the worry of fights over the last goldfish cracker in the bag. So how do you make a road trip snack box? And what snacks...

The best road trip luggage for car travel

The best road trip luggage for car travel

Hitting the road and not quite sure what is the best suitcase to take on a road trip? There are many options to choose from, and it’s not a one-size-fits-all answer. But whatever road trip luggage you choose you’ll want to think about what you need, where you’re going, and how you like to travel before buying something new. Different road trips have...

Hansen Bridge Idaho Historical Site near Twin Falls, Idaho

Hansen Bridge Idaho Historical Site

Visiting Shoshone Falls in Idaho? Veer over to check out the scenic outlook at The Hansen Bridge on your way there or back. Prior to a steel high suspension bridge being constructed in this location in 1919, the only way to traverse the 16-mile river gorge was via rowboat. The $100,000, 900-foot bridge, was built 400 feet above the Snake River with 14 cables and...

Beetle Bailey Statue in Columbia, Missouri

Beetle Bailey Statue in Columbia, Missouri

Celebrate comic strip artist and writer Mort Walker by visiting the Beetle Bailey Statue in Columbia, Missouri. Mort Walker (Addison Morton Walker, 1923 – 2018) was a well-known comic strip artist and one of his best-known creations was Beetle Bailey, a comic centered around a goof-off Private on a fictional United States Army post. Walker was an alumnus of...

Road Trip Essentials Guide ? Our Top Road Trip Gear List

What To Do on a Road Trip: 30 Ideas

Planning on taking a long car trip but not totally sure what to do on a road trip? While there is no right or wrong answer, and everyone paves their own way, there are many common things to see, places to stop, and ways to pass the time. Need inspiration? Here are 30 ideas to help you plan an epic journey! What to do on a road trip: Pinkie the Pink Elephant in...

New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia

A must-see tourist attraction in West Virginia is the New River Gorge Bridge. While this road trip stop is far from the normal “world’s largest things” we write about here, it’s an impressive site and not to be missed if driving through the area. The bridge was built in 1977 to connect the hills on either side of the New River Gorge. At the...

Ace Hardware Muffler Man in Elkhart, Indiana - Indiana Road Trip

What is a Muffler Man roadside attraction?

One of the most popular roadside attractions in America is the Muffler Man: a broad, tall, fiberglass man who was originally created as a roadside advertising icon. But exactly what is a muffler man? How can you distinguish between one of these and any other roadside attraction? And what types of these giant men exist? Read on to find out more about these fiberglass...

Katy Depot - Sedalia, Missouri's Welcome Center and Museum

Katy Depot – Sedalia, Missouri’s Welcome Center & Museum

Built in 1896, the Katy Depot in Sedalia, Missouri was once a fully-functioning railroad station. Today, it serves as Sedalia’s official welcome center. The site offers historical exhibits that take you on a journey to the landmark and town’s past and is home to the Sedalia Heritage Foundation, Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Chamber of Commerce. It...

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