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The Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom Texas - Leaning Britten USA water tower on Route 66

The Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom, Texas

You’ve heard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa…but have you heard of the Leaning Tower of Texas in Groom, Texas?  The Leaning Tower of Texas, also known as the Leaning Tower of Britten, is just that: a leaning tower (water tower that is) located, appropriately in Texas. Located along the former Route 66, now US Interstate 40, you can’t miss seeing this odd site...

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas Route 66 roadside attraction

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

You won’t find these Cadillacs cruising down the street but you will find them on one of the most famous streets in America. It’s one of the most recognizable roadside attractions on Route 66: Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Cadillac Ranch is an art installation consisting of ten Cadillac cars, all half buried, nose down in the dirt, slanted and standing in...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Route 66 Midpoint sign in Adrian, Texas

It’s “more than two thousand miles all the way” to travel Route 66 from Chicago to California. 2,278 miles to be exact. So, it’s only fitting that at mile 1,139, there’d be a place to celebrate. Visit Adrian, Texas, a town 1,139 from the starting point in Chicago and 1,139 miles from the end point in California. And be sure to check out the Route 66 Midpoint Sign...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Ozymandias on the Plains in Amarillo, Texas (Big Legs)

This roadside attraction has a leg up on all the others. Ozymandias on the Plains in Amarillo, Texas is a must see road trip attraction. Though you might just want to call it the Big Legs. A giant pair of 24-foot tall disembodied legs stand on a 4 foot by 10 foot by 20 foot base. A historical marker on the site would lead unknowing passersby to believe that these...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas

Do you ever play slug bug on long road trips? If so, you might want to protect your arm now. VW Slug Bug Ranch in Conway, Texas is a Route 66 roadside attraction that features several of those elusive bug shaped cars buried nose deep in a row. VW Slug Bug Ranch might not be as famous as its Cadillac counterpart over at Cadillac Ranch down the road, but it is just as...

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas

Could you eat a 72oz steak in one hour? I’m not sure I could eat a 72 ounce steak in 72 hours. But that’s just me. Because over 10,000 people have come, eaten, and conquered this meal that’s as big as Texas here at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas: the 72 oz. Steak Challenge. The Big Texan first opened its doors in 1960. Originally located on Route 66 the...

Jackalope at Jackalope Bar & Grill in Austin, Texas

Fiberglass Jackalope at the Jackalope Bar in Austin, Texas

The Jackalope Bar is a popular dive bar in Austin, Texas named for my favorite animal. And what would a bar with a name like that be without a giant fiberglass jackalope inside! What is a jackalope? The jackalope is a mythical North American animal often described as having the body of a jackrabbit with the horns of an antelope. The name is a portmanteau of the two...

The best Texas roadside attractions to visit on a Texas road trip. Add these roadside oddities to your travel bucket list, itinerary, or route map!

The 15 Best Texas Roadside Attractions

Are you planning a Texas road trip and want to find all the best Texas roadside attractions along your route? Whether you’re driving Route 66 or are vacationing in Austin, Dallas, or Houston, you won’t want to miss these fifteen must-see places to go in Texas. They’re fun road trip stops and great additions to your travel itinerary or route. Below are the 15 best...

Tony Tasset's Eye - giant fiberglass eye in Chicago, Illinois in 2010 (Now in Dallas, Texas)

Tony Tasset’s Eye in Dallas, Texas (& Chicago)

Keep your eye out for this roadside attraction: Tony Tasset’s Eye, a giant eyeball in Dallas, Texas. That’s right, this Dallas tourist attraction is no optical illusion. It really is a 30-foot tall eyeball made from 8,000 to 9,000 pounds of fiberglass, 9,000 pounds of steel, resin and paint. Chicago, Illinois in 2010 The giant eye sculpture was created in...