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Pull over for America’s best roadside attractions. Explore the world’s largest things, weird museums, muffler men, tourist traps, and more in these archives of roadside attractions across the country.

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...

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...

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

Happy Chef Umpire in Ryan, Iowa

This roadside attraction is a home run. It’s big. It’s fiberglass. It’s repurposed. And it’s wonderful. Meet the Happy Chef Umpire in Ryan, Iowa. Happy Chef was a restaurant chain founded in 1963. It was then that the Frederick Brothers, — Sal, Bob, Bill and Tom — opened the first...

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

World’s Largest Golf Club in Casey, Illinois

Take a drive to this Illinois roadside attraction: the world’s largest golf club in Casey, Illinois. I’d say that it is definitely above par.  The world’s largest golf driver is 45 feet, 9.4 inches long and weighs 731 pounds. The giant clubhead is made from persimmon wood and the shaft is...

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