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Nomade by artist Jaume Plensa | Figure made from white letters | Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa

Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa

Sculpture parks are always a roadside-attraction lover’s goldmine as they are often packed with weird and wonderful statues from a variety of artists around the world. As such, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa did not disappoint. Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a 4.4 acre...

Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis, Minnesota | Giant Spoon and Cherry Roadside Attraction at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota

Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis, Minnesota

They say that life is a bowl of cherries, and, when you catch a glimpse of this whimsical cherry, you just might agree. Meet one of Minnesota’s most famous roadside attractions: the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis. Spoonbridge and Cherry is a giant pop art sculpture that depicts a big cherry resting on a big spoon. Let me spoon feed you some...

Agri-Symbol: The agricultural symbol is a 76-Foot-Tall Corn Stalk in Shelby, Iowa | Iowa Roadside Attractions

Agri-Symbol: A 76-Foot-Tall Corn Stalk in Shelby, Iowa

I’ve seen a lot of corny roadside attractions on my road trips around the United States. There was the Large Rotating Ear of Corn in Coon Rapids, Iowa. There was the Field of Giant Corn Cobs in Dublin, Ohio. And now there’s this: the Agri-Symbol, a 76-Foot-Tall Corn Stalk in Shelby, Iowa. Just off of I-80 in Iowa is Agri-Symbol Park, a small walking path...

Giant Neon Bowling Pin Sign in Salt Lake City, Utah | Salt Lake City Roadside Attractions in Utah

Giant Neon Bowling Pin Sign in Salt Lake City, Utah

This Utah roadside attraction is right up my ALLEY: a giant neon bowling pin sign in Salt Lake City. Doesn’t it just BOWL you over? This STRIKING big bowling pin advertised the 54 lanes at the Ritz Classic Lanes since the SLC bowling alley opened in 1958. For decades the 90-foot tall sign rotated with glowing letters reading CLASSIC on one side and BOWLING on...

The Little Mermaid Fountain in Kimballton, Iowa | Little Mermaid Statue roadside attraction in Iowa

The Little Mermaid Fountain in Kimballton, Iowa

One of the most popular and beloved tourist attractions in Denmark is the Little Mermaid statue that has sat on a rock in Copenhagen harbor since 1913. But, if you’re in the American Midwest and can’t make it all the way across the ocean to check it out, have I got a treat for you: there’s an exact replica Little Mermaid Fountain in Kimballton, Iowa...

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve in Idaho | Idaho Road Trip Stops

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve in Idaho

There weren’t many roadside attractions along our route from Boise, Idaho to Whitehall, Montana. It was about a six and a half hour drive and, other than a stop to check out the Potato AirBNB in Boise, we had nothing planned for the day but to drive. There was one thing, though, that had caught my eye on the way. An attraction much different than, though...

Drinking a Strawberry Daiquiri at Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa in Montana | Montana Road trip stop near Yellowstone National Park

Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa in Montana

As much as I love roadside attractions, sometimes a road trip just needs a little variety. While driving through Montana, my friend and I decided to take a break from seeing muffler men and giant dinosaurs and instead spend an afternoon soaking in the sun at Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa in Pray, Montana. Chico Hot Springs is a natural hot spring that was...