Now that the pandemic is easing, Americans can resume travel plans suspended by COVID-19.
For many of us, that could mean a long road trip. These excursions give us clues as to how the nation developed along highways and back roads. Road trips are among the best ways to experience the diversity of America’s landscape and cultures, whether you’re driving thousands of miles across the country or miles of coastline. Sure, flying the highway gets you from point A to point B faster, but taking the more scenic route comes with its own pleasures. (These are the longest roads in America.)
Along local roads, enterprising Americans devised ways to divert motorists to their destination. Many of these attractions have children in mind, whether they’re fake dinosaurs, quirky museums, diversions that challenge basic scientific assumptions, or objects that claim to be the largest in the world… well, fill in the blank. At least these attractions interrupt what can be a monotonous drive through desolate landscapes. (These are the most popular American attractions on Instagram.)
Click here to see each state’s weirdest tourist attraction.
Some cities like Roswell, New Mexico, famous for an alleged UFO crash in 1947, can capitalize on notoriety with more than a dollop of kitsch. Some exhibits, such as the Bowling Ball Art Ground in Oklahoma, were created to honor a loved one who has passed away. One allows you to discover treasures abandoned by other travellers. There’s even one dedicated to spam – canned meat, not online nuisance.