Roadside Attractions

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.

Wimpy Photo Op in Chester, Illinois - The Home of Popeye

Wimpy Photo Stand-In in Chester, Illinois

There’s a Wimpy photo stand-in in Chester, Illinois: the Home of Popeye the Sailor Man. Photo stand-ins (also called face in the hole boards, photo cutout boards, or comic foregrounds) are those big life-sized paintings (or photographs), usually of a person or animal, with a hole...

Popeye Mural in Chester, Illinois shows Popeye and Olive Oyl.

Popeye Murals in Chester, Illinois

Chester, Illinois celebrates all things Popeye. It’s Elzie Crisler Segar, the classic cartoon creator’s, home town so it only makes sense that the entire city serves as a shrine to his outstanding work and legacy. In fact, many of the characters were actually based on...

Popeye's Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois

Popeye Wimpy Statue in Chester, Illinois

We’re finishing up Hamburger Week here on Silly America with a monument to one of the great American icons of the hamburger: J. Wellington Wimpy and the Popeye Wimpy statue. No, J. Wellington Wimpy didn’t invent the hamburger. No, I doubt he ever even made a hamburger. But...