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

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 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 HungrySister). We had had plans to meet...

Scenic overlooks in Virginia - Virginia Road Trip

Virginia/North Carolina Road Trip: Day 5

It’s weird how unweird things are sometimes. Like how you can spend a night hanging out with someone you met in a bar in a foreign country two years ago and hadn’t seen since and how it’s weird but not really that weird at the same time. Like Wednesday. Wednesday, after two days of driving aimlessly around Virginia, I woke up in a cheap Super 8...

Bacon formations at Shenandoah Caverns in Virginia

Virginia Road Trip: Days 3 & 4

Sometimes a road trip seems to take a day or two too long. It can happen when you need to get from point A to point B to point C and point B is only in town on a Wednesday and point C is going on on a Saturday and there was no reason not to leave point A on the previous Saturday. And so you just have all this extra time and not enough planned out to see. And let me...

Hibachi dinner in Virginia

Virginia Road Trip: Day 2

After the first full day of driving, I made the decision this morning to b-line for Alexandria on the second day of my Virginia road trip. I had a few roadside attraction stops scheduled but nothing on my itinerary really stood out and I figured I’d rather make it to Virginia early. And by early I mean early afternoon. What I did on day two of my Virginia road...