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

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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, through winding gravel roads of...

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 in 1934 by...

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

Groundhog Day Movie Filming Locations in Woodstock, Illinois

Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? The film follows a bitter weatherman, Phil Connors, covering Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He’s snowed into the town and gets stuck reliving the same day over and over and over again (some estimate that he was trapped in the day for at least 35 years) until finally he learns to appreciate life and gets...

Sissy the Cow in DeForest, Wisconsin - Giant Fiberglass cow - roadside attractions in Wisconsin

Sissy the Cow in DeForest, Wisconsin

Speaking of large fiberglass cows (such as Bessie The Cow In Janesville, Wisconsin)… Just down the street from the Pinkie the Pink Elephant in Glasses tourist attraction is another large fiberglass animal: Sissy the Cow at Ehlenbach’s Cheese Chalet in DeForest, Wisconsin. Sissy cow is a two-ton black and white Holstein that stands at 19 feet tall by 20...

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...