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

Breakfast Bacon Cave at Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg, Virginia.

Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg, Virginia

Shenandoah Caverns in Quicksburg, Virginia is a beautiful natural wonder with quirk, kitsch…and bacon… making it a fun stop to add to any Virginia road trip itinerary. The caves were discovered in 1884 when the Southern Railway was being constructed in the Shenandoah Valley. But they were formed millions of years before that. As the earth moved and rivers flowed...

King Kong Gorilla in Natural Bridge, Virginia

Mark Cline King Kong Gorilla in Natural Bridge, Virginia

For many years a giant King Kong Gorilla crushing a yellow airplane in his hands stood in front of the Pink Cadillac Diner in Natural Bridge, Virginia. The Virginia roadside attraction (seen here in 2010) stood at 14-feet tall and was the work of local artist Mark Cline, who specializes in bizarre fiberglass creations at Enchanted Castle Studios. He is also the...

Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, Virginia - Roadside Attractions in Virginia

The 15 Best Virginia Roadside Attractions

Are you planning a Virginia road trip and want to find all the best Virginia roadside attractions along your route? Whether you’re planning to traverse Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway, drive across the state, or vacation on Virginia Beach, you won’t want to miss these fifteen must-see places to go in Virginia. They’re fun road trip stops and great additions...

Giant cast iron pan in Roanoke, Virginia

Giant Cast Iron Skillet in Roanoke, Virginia

At home I have a mini cast iron pan. It’s about four inches long and I use it to make delectable single-serving side dishes and casseroles. This giant cast iron skillet is certainly bigger than four inches wide and may not be the world’s largest frying pan, but is by far the biggest cast iron pan I’ve ever seen! Giant cast iron pan in Roanoke...

Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia

Bunyan Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia

This Bunyan Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia stands outside Williamson Road Service Center. When I saw this roadside attraction on a Virginia road trip in 2010 he was sporting a thick black beard and wearing a red shirt, tan pants, and black boots. In his right hand he held out a tire and in his left, a sign with the business’s address. Despite being a little...

Big Pencil in Wytheville, Virginia - Roadside Attractions in Virginia

Big Pencil in Wytheville, Virginia

Time for a pop quiz! Let’s all get out our number two pencils! And trust me, you’re going to need a BIG pencil for this one! What? You don’t have a pencil? You can’t find your pencil bag? Your tip broke? You don’t have a pencil sharpener? You lost it? You only have a pen? Well, OK, I think I know where you can get a new pencil. In fact...

The World's Largest Apple in Winchester, Virginia

The World’s Largest Apple in Winchester, Virginia

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I bet that the World’s Largest Apple in Winchester, Virginia would send a whole lot of doctors running in the opposite direction. I mean, this is one GIANT piece of fruit! ??? This hardcore roadside attraction sits outside an antebellum mansion (a neoclassical “prewar” mansion with an architectural style...

Giant Roller Skate in Bealeton, Virginia - Roadside Attractions in Virginia

Giant Roller Skate in Bealeton, Virginia

Disco lights, pop music, couples skates, a wobbly hokey pokey, nachos from the snack bar, holding onto the side railing for dear life, falling over, racing in circles, gossiping with girlfriends, trying to go backwards, watching your crush go by, that one girl who could do all the tricks… a giant roller skate? What do you remember most from the roller rink? I...

Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, Virginia - Roadside Attractions in Virginia

Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, Virginia

Can’t make it to England to cross Stonehenge off your bucket list? No worries. Did you know you can see the next best thing right here in the United States? That’s right, who needs to take a plane all the way overseas to see a pile of rocks when you can stay stateside and see a pile of…foam… Who needs STONEHENGE when you can travel to Natural...

View from the mountains in North Carolina

North Carolina Road Trip: Day 6

Thursday. After a day in Charlottesville. After a bagel. After a quick stop at the rest area because Flopsy needed a bathroom break. After a detour to see one last Virginia roadside attraction, a big pencil. I left Virginia and began my North Carolina road trip. I headed out to Mt. Airy AKA Mayberry, town devoted to Andy Griffith, to meet up with my friend Sadie (a...

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