Ever seen a gator-duck? The petrified skeleton of a merman? Or the UFO welcome center in a South Carolina man’s backyard? Then you haven’t seen anything yet. Grab some snacks and buckle up. We’re about to take you to five of the weirdest roadside attractions in the middle of nowhere.
1. Abita Mystery House
Unless you take a wrong turn on your way to New Orleans, you likely won’t find the Abita Mystery House. That’s because Abita Springs, Louisiana, is a little off the beaten path.
But you’ll have to find your way to this mystery house/oddities museum to see “Airstream vs. Aliens” — an old-school Airstream trailer that appears to be the final resting place of a crash-landed flying saucer. Other exhibits at the Abita Mystery House include Buford, the bassigator — a terrifying alligator-bass fish hybrid, and the swamp ghost — an all-white fish sculpture said to have mystical powers.
A celestial calendar? Ancient burial site? Performance venue? Even today, scholars and skeptics alike have yet to determine why — and how — Stonehenge came into existence.
Carhenge, however, is a different story! The purpose of this massive display of buried and elevated automobiles jutting toward the sky is simple — to convince folks on a road trip to stop by Alliance, Nebraska. And even though Carhenge is not a World Heritage Site, if you’re out to visit America’s quirkiest pit stops, you can’t miss it!
Won’t have a chance to swing by anytime soon? Don’t worry: there’s a webcam available so you can check out Carhenge right now!
If you’re closer to Lincoln, Massachusetts, you can check out Ponyhenge to tide you over until you can make it out to Nebraska.
Ponyhenge is a small field that’s home to a wild pack of rocking horses. Mysteriously, this herd of toy ponies seems to move and reproduce without apparent cause.
Is Ponyhenge the work of some bored locals? Perhaps. But it could also be aliens. We may never know! Either way, it’s an excellent stop for a quirky photo with your boo or the little ones. Yeehaw!
4. Harvey the Rabbit
Surprisingly — or perhaps not, considering that we’re talking about roadside attractions here — Buford, the bassigator isn’t the only hybrid on our list.
Harvey, the Rabbit, is another weird creature you might encounter on your next road trip! Harvey is a 26-foot tall statue of a man with a rabbit’s head in Aloha, Oregon.
However, no one will blame you if you choose to skip a visit to Harvey. After all, the thought of seeing a giant rabbit-man hybrid is exciting and nightmarish at the same time!
Since we’re on the topic of nightmares, make sure your next automotive emergency doesn’t strand you alone in the dark with nowhere to turn! With roadside assistance and an emergency protection plan, you can be ready in case your car starts acting weird on the road!
5. National Trout Memorial
Inglewood’s big donut? Cawker City’s giant ball of twine? If you’re in California or Kansas, respectively, those would both make fine stops.
But if you’re after something truly unique, Kalkaska, Michigan, has an 18-foot trout statue you need to consider. This big trout is almost as long as the mechanical shark used in the movie Jaws, which was 25-feet long, according to NPR.
The statue is perched in front of the Kalkaska Historical Museum. The museum resides in a restored train depot that was rebuilt after a fire destroyed the original structure in 1910. And if the site of this giant freshwater fish makes you hungry, stop by Trout Town Tavern for fish & chips, smoked trout pate, or a picky-eater approved grilled cheese sandwich.
6. Prada Marfa
You’re driving down the road in the middle of nowhere and see a gas station, an old barn… and a high-end luxury retail store? Hold the phone!
In 2005, artists Elmgreen and Dragset constructed a faux Prada boutique full of the brand’s luxury goods in the middle of the West Texas desert. It’s meant to be a “pop architectural land art project” that serves as a surrealist commentary on Western materialism.
Fashion addicts might be disappointed about not being able to go inside, but it’s worth a visit to this almost surreal sight! To get there Take Route 90 west out of Valentine for about 1.4 miles.
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