Giant Volkswagen beetle spider in Avoca, Iowa. | Iowa Roadside Attractions.

Giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider in Avoca, Iowa

What do you get when you mix a spider with a beetle? A giant Volkswagen Beetle Spider, of course! Like this one in Avoca, Iowa. I’m not sure this car/arachnid hybrid is quite what you normally think of when you think Volkswagen bug…but, this Iowa roadside attraction stands heads and shoulders… and eight giant legs… …

Read more

Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass, Illinois

Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass, Illinois

Bald Knob Cross of Peace I apologize for the horrible quality of the photos today. But…for every bad picture there is an amazing story to go with it… So…you kind of know you’re in trouble when it’s dark, 9oclock at night, and you realize that you next destination is truly in the middle of nowhere, …

Read more

Cross at the Crossroads - The World's Largest Cross in Effingham, Illinois

Cross at the Crossroads ✝ America’s Largest Cross in Effingham, Illinois

In honor of Christmas coming up next week I thought I’d feature a couple of blessed Midwestern roadside attractions. First up is an Illinois roadside attraction most Illinoisans can recognize from (almost literally) a mile away: the Cross at the Crossroads – America’s Largest Cross in Effingham, Illinois. This huge cross is made of over …

Read more

Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles, Illinois

The Leaning Tower of Niles in Niles, Illinois

The Leaning Tower of Niles is about a half-size replica of its sister structure: the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy. It combines roadside attraction with historic Italia…and that, my silly American friends, is worth a drive from anywhere (maybe even Rome, Illinois or Florence, Illinois…). This Leaning Tower of Pisa replica was constructed …

Read more

Cherry Street Inn - Groundhog Day Movie Filming Locations in Woodstock, Illinois

Groundhog Day Filming Locations in Woodstock, Illinois

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered where it was filmed? I don’t blame you, most movies feature picture-perfect locations that seem too good to be true. And many of those locations aren’t exactly where they claim to be. Take for instance the 1993 holiday classic Groundhog Day. The movie takes place in the …

Read more

Fiberglass Bessie the Cow in Janesville, Wisconsin

Fiberglass Bessie the Cow in Janesville, Wisconsin

What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef. What do you call a giant white and brown spotted fiberglass cow with four giant fiberglass legs? Bessie the Cow. At least, that’s what they do in Janesville, Wisconsin. Because this Janesville Cow is an udderly fun road trip stop who has been a-moo-sing …

Read more

Giant Beach Guy - a roadside attraction at Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois

Giant Beach Guy and Elephants roadside attractions in Livingston, Illinois

There are more roadside attractions to see outside of the Pink Elephant Antique Mall in Livingston, Illinois than just the pink elephant…there are, in fact TWO other fiberglass elephants (smaller and grayer, but still) AND a giant Beach Guy!   Between these two gray elephants, this fiberglass giant beach guy, and the pink elephant, this …

Read more

Pinkie the Pink Elephant in DeForest, Wisconsin. Giant Pink Elephant with Glasses roadside attraction in Wisconsin.

Pinkie the Pink Elephant with Glasses in DeForest, Wisconsin

This fiberglass giant pink elephant with glasses, also known as “Pinkie the Elephant” or “Pinky the Elephant” is a roadside attraction in DeForest, Wisconsin. When I visited the big pink elephant on my 2008 road trip to Mount Rushmore it lived outside of a Citgo Gas Station. When I visited again 11 years later, the …

Read more

Large Rotating Ear of Corn - a roadside attraction in Coon Rapids, Iowa

Large Rotating Ear of Corn in Coon Rapids, Iowa

As you drive across America, each city, each state, proudly welcomes you into its borders with some sort of greeting signpost. Many are standard issue billboards announcing the town name or state name, the motto, the population, the fact that their girls softball team won the championships in 1972, that a president was born there, …

Read more

Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park, New York City.

Alice in Wonderland Statue in Central Park

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?— Alice in Wonderland America is filled with so many silly wonders. I love …

Read more

Share this Post ⤵

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.