No matter where you find yourself on your travels across the country, the odds of there being a weird and wonderful roadside attraction nearby are probably pretty good. Below are some strange but completely real reasons to pull off the highway for a few miles.
Hobo Joe Statue, Buckeye, AZ
The 25-foot fiberglass statue of ol’ Joe is situated right outside of a meatpacking plant that has been around for 50 years. Hobo Joe’s was a restaurant chain around in the sixties, and each location featured a statue of its mascot, though not all were as tall as the one found in Buckeye, Arizona. Unfortunately it seems that financial troubles weren’t only an issue for the chain’s namesake, but luckily this detour-worthy attraction remains.
Carhenge, Alliance, NE
A trip to Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in England might not be in everyone’s budget. But thankfully for us, artist Jim Reinders decided to recreate the mystical magic–with cars–as a tribute to his late father. Over the course of five years, starting in 1987, Reinders and others positioned thirty-nine cars to assume to same proportions as the original attraction. Now more than 50,000 visitors come to Alliance to see Carhenge, as well as other sculptures that have been erected on the land, which is referred to as the Car Art Reserve.
Teddy Roosevelt’s Head, Watford City, ND
He might not have been immortalized in rock with some of the other forefathers in Mount Rushmore, but now you can see a, 8-ton, 20-foot bust of Teddy Roosevelt in South Dakota. Originally part of a presidential-themed theme park that has since closed, the owner of the Roosevelt Inn in Watford City thought that his property was the perfect place for Teddy’s giant head to call home.
Museum of Bad Art, Somerville, MA
There are plenty of great museums in Boston its surrounding cities, but you’d be remiss if you didn’t stop at the MOBA to see its collection of art “too bad to be ignored.” From portraiture to landscapes and everything in between, the museum includes works from talented artists who have misstepped to those who might not know the correct way to hold a paintbrush, but has deemed that all is worthy to be seen and celebrated.
The Parthenon, Nashville, TN
Originally built as part of Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, this full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece, has been attracting visitors for almost a century. The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville’s art museum with a permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century works, as well as rotating exhibits.