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

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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. Last August I took a road trip to Mount Rushmore and back. We drove through Wisconsin and the first stop of the trip was Janesville to see...

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 location had been converted...

Flopsy the Jackalope - Silly America's jackalope mascot - in his spot in our road trip car.

Meet Flopsy: our stuffed Jackalope mascot!

Flopsy the Jackalope hopped into my life (and my car) at Wall Drug in South Dakota, and has become my new best travel pal (and my new Silly America stuffed jackalope mascot)! Flospy the Jackalope – Silly America’s jackalope stuffed animal mascot Flopsy is a Jackalope, which is a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope. This mammal one of the rarest...

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, that they are the home of tax free...

Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota

Mount Rushmore Road Trip: Back from the road!

And I’m back from my Labor Day Mount Rushmore road trip! It was quite the whirlwind of adventure! I have to admit that my list of roadside attractions to see was pretty ambitious, but we managed to make it to twenty-nine attractions in four days! (Including two that weren’t on my itinerary and not including the handful that we passed by and saw without...

Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota

Labor Day Weekend Road Trip: Four days, five states, 2,500 miles

Well, Silly Americans it is Labor Day weekend and I have been blessed with four days off in a row. And that can only mean one thing: LABOR DAY WEEKEND ROAD TRIP! I’m packing up my car and driving to Mount Rushmore and back! Can you believe I have never before seen those four giant presidents carved into the side of a rock live and in person ever before...

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 the strange, the weird, the offbeat places and things and...

Superdawg Drive-In in Chicago, Illinois. | Giant Hot Dogs on a Restaurant's Roof

Thanks for Stopping – Superdawg in Chicago, Illinois

When you think of Chicago and food there are two delicacies that will inevitably pop into your head: pizza and hot dogs. While they might not be the most sophisticated of culinary models, these are definitely Chicago staples. And no one does it like Chicago, a city where the pizza is described as a pie and the hot dogs are described as salads. I have to confess that...