6 of America’s Weirdest Roadside Attractions


Ah, America — land of the free and home of the…. world’s largest ball of twine?! Indeed, America is home to some supremely silly, kitschy and just plain weird roadside attractions. Take a peek at a few of them in this slideshow. Don’t see your favorite? Let us know in the comments section!

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1. Coral Castle, Miami, Florida

Unskilled and frail Latvian immigrantEdward Leedskalnin spent nearly 30 years building the Coral Castle single-handedly. He claimed to have done so with supernatural tricks and magnets, though it’s likely he simply used more traditional methods of building.

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2. Foamhenge, Natural Bridge, Virginia

Unlike the real Stonehenge, this copycat, created by artist Mark Cline, is made entirely of styrofoam. Sure takes the guesswork out of how it’s assembled, doesn’t it!

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

3. The Corn Palace, Mitchell, South Dakota

The Corn Palace is decorated every year with, you guessed it, ears of corn! Inside is a community center/arena. In 2004, the Department of Homeland Security gave the Corn Palace a $25,000 grant, drawing national media attention and criticism of the department’s funding programs.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

4. Largest Ball of Twine, Various Locations

As strange as is sounds, there is actually a lot of dispute over what is the world’s largest ball of twine. The ball of twine pictured above is located in Darwin, Minnesota, where the town celebrates “Twine Ball Day” annually. The Guinness World Record holder, however, is owned by the Branson, Missouri Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum.

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5. Prada Marfa Store, Texas

Artists Elmgreen and Dragset created this art installation with the blessing of Miuccia herself. The doors are always locked on this “store” on a deserted stretch of freeway.It was built with the intention of never repairing it, so that it will eventually degrade into the landscape.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

6. Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend, Iowa

The Grotto of Redemption has two claims to fame: it’s purported to be the largest grotto in the world, and it has an unparalleled collection of precious gems, fossils and shells, valued at over $4 million.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Elisa F.
Elisa F3 years ago

I have to agree :) Thanks for sharing.

Dave C.
David C4 years ago

actually the corn palace in Mitchell is kind of cool.....

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Janet S.
Janet S4 years ago

Loved the pictures. Please give us some more interesting pictures of great sites in america!

Michael H.
Mike H4 years ago


Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh Harter4 years ago

Largest ball of twine? Who the hell cares? Some of the others sound interesting, though.

Nikhil D
Nikhil Dutta4 years ago

Superman statue or catsup statue did not make the list.

paul m.
paul m4 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago

I LOVE WEIRD, we're related