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Explore Missouri roadside attractions and other tourist traps, restaurants, stops, and detours to add to your Missouri road trip itinerary.

World’s Largest Coal Shovel in Rich Hill, Missouri

World’s Largest Coal Shovel in Rich Hill, Missouri

When I first heard about the World’s Largest Coal Shovel in Rich Hill, Missouri I had in my head a giant snow shovel. You know what I mean, a long metal shaft darting high in to the sky attached to a bright red plastic blade big enough for kids to sled down. Instead, I got this: That is far from the vision I had in my head on my Missouri road trip years ago, not at...

Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri

Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri

Let’s give a hand to this Missouri roadside attraction: the giant praying hands in Webb City (the city of flags). These large hands in prayer stand at 32 feet tall (on top of a 40-foot-tall man-made hill) and weigh a whopping 110 tons! (It’s important to note that while these prayer hands are impressively tall, they aren’t the world’s largest...

Big Shoe Made of Shoes in Clayton, Missouri

Big Shoe Made of Shoes in Clayton, Missouri

Throw on your flats, lace up your sneakers, or secure your boots and head on over to Clayton, Missouri on your next road trip. This roadside attraction will have you kicking up your heels: a ten-foot tall woman’s high heel located outside of the Brown Shoe Company executive offices. What’s so special about this slipper? Look close! This is a big shoe made...

Crapduster airplane in Carthage, Missouri

Crapduster Airplane in Carthage, Missouri

Today’s roadside attraction isn’t a piece of … oh you know. The crapduster airplane in Carthage, Missouri is an airplane-shaped tourist attraction created in 1997 by artist Lowell Davis. The diminutive plane is made out of an antique manure spreader and biplane wings and has a crash test dummy for a pilot. The flying machine flies, propeller...

The Home of Sliced Bread in Chillicothe, Missouri.

The Home of Sliced Bread: Chillicothe, Missouri

Today’s roadside attraction is the greatest thing since sliced bread! Actually…it is sliced bread! Chillicothe, Missouri is the “Home of Sliced Bread.” It’s the town where the one intention every other invention has to live up to was first sold. The Rohwedder Bread Slicer was first put into use there by the Chillicothe Baking Company in...

Giant Solo Paper Cup in Springfield, Missouri

Giant Solo Paper Cup in Springfield, Missouri

I remember, as a child, having a plastic solo cup dispenser in our bathroom. You’d pull from it, one at a time, teeny tiny paper cups. Those teeny tiny paper cups held just enough water for a quick swig before bed or a rinse after brushing your teeth. They didn’t need to be any bigger. Didn’t need to be. Of course, you know our motto around here:...

World's Largest Fork in Springfield, Missouri

World’s Largest Fork in Springfield, Missouri

As road trippers, we often come to a fork in the road and have to choose which path to take…or, we may come to a giant fork in the road and stop the car to take photos! That’s what I did when I got to this roadside attraction: the World’s Largest Fork in Springfield, Missouri. Located in the parking lot of Springfield’s Noble & Associates...

Giant needle threading a button in Kansas City, Missouri

Giant needle threading a button in Kansas City, Missouri

This next roadside attraction is sew cool! Tucked away on a small side street “park,” a smaller version of the New York icon, this giant needle threading a button in Kansas City, Missouri, was erected in 2002 as a memorial to the garment district’s role in the city’s development. Site: Giant needle threading a button Location: 404 West 8th...