Top 10 Quirky Roadside Attractions in the United States


If there's one thing on every American's wish list that should be crossed off early in life, it's a trip to America. The country has a lot going for it, and it makes sense, from its delicious food, friendly people, towering buildings and unexpectedly quirky roadside attractions in each state.

You heard that right! Busy as they may seem, Americans have a fantastic sense of humor, as evidenced by the quirky roadside attractions in many states. Want to see some of these sights before seeing them with the naked eye? We are here for you. Click below to learn more.

America's 10 Weirdest Roadside Attractions You Must Know About

Here are the top 10 weirdest street attractions in America you need to know about:

• The Beer Can House - Houston, Texas

When passing through Houston, don’t be surprised if you see a tall house decorated with beer cans that stands out from the street. The house has been a common sight for people in the area since the 1960s when John Milkovisch began remodeling his home to make it stand out.

The house is made up of 50,000 beer cans, many of which hang in the form of wind chimes. As quaint as the place may be, it was John's home and he still lives there.

• London Bridge – Arizona

If you sang "London Bridge is Falling Down" as a kid and thought London Bridge was in that city, let us break it down for you. The information you have must be corrected! London Bridge is not in the city, but on Lake Havasu, Arizona.

Although the bridge was actually built over the Thames in the 1830s, it was dismantled and relocated to the United States in 1967 as a tourist attraction for the redevelopment of Lake Havasu City.

• Geographic Center of the United States - Lebanon, Kansas

America is littered with unusual and whimsical landmarks and sights that mean a lot, but not much. However, this landmark is unique and peculiar, with great significance to the geography of the country.

 *drums please represent the geographic center of Lebanon* - huge commemorative plaque! Yes, there is a huge stone tablet in the middle, which represents the center of the United States, which is strange, but it also makes sense.

• World's Largest Ketchup Bottle - Collinsville, IL

The bottle may say "ketchup" as a tagline, but it's exactly what you think it is - a big bottle of ketchup. If you are ever lucky enough to visit Collinsville, make sure you take a photo with that giant bottle of ketchup because why pass up the chance?

It doubles as the city's fountain and was built in honor of the nearby ketchup bottling plant. But while the story is acceptable here, it gets more whimsical here. The ketchup bottle celebrates its birthday, and "Happy Birthday" is sung to it every year.

• Big Old (literal) Santa Claus – North Pole, Alaska

If there's one place that feels like Christmas year-round, it's Alaska's North Pole, and why shouldn't the state's wackiest attraction be Santa Claus himself? Yes! In Alaska's North Pole, a 40-foot-tall Santa Claus who weighs about half a ton stands happily. We didn't lie when we said it was big and old, because despite being 12 meters tall, the statue has been in place since 1983 and has no plans to move from there.

• Ave Maria Grotto – Alabama

If ever there was one quirky roadside attraction in the world that made you doubt its existence but still be amazed at how detailed it is, this is it. The Ave Maria Grotto includes 125 statues, grottoes and replicas made of trash and cement.

The idea, concept, and curation were all created by Brother Joseph, the hunchbacked friar, for one of Alabama's most important and eccentric roadside tourist attractions.

• Hole N the Rock – Moab, Utah

If you saw a big hole in a rock, would you make your home in it? You wouldn't do it, but Albert Christensen did, and made his idea a reality. The man began drilling holes in the sandstone cliffs in 1940 and moved in with his family in 1952.

While we don't know what the thinking behind the innovative house was, the family enjoyed a happy five years at Schind before Albert's death in 1957. Since then, the entire mansion has been opened to the public for viewing.

• Bishop Castle - Colorado

Bishop Castle is named after the man who built it, Jim Bishop. When Jim was 15, he purchased a plot of land off State Route 165 near the western mountains of southern Colorado to build a single-family home. However, when Jim started laying the foundations for the "house," the neighbors thought he was building a castle. He thought it was a good idea and agreed.

Although the foundation stone of the castle was laid in 1969, it has remained stable. It is now an attractive attraction for many passers-by.

• Haines Shoe House - Pennsylvania

A house in the shape of a shoe? You've probably only heard of such incidents from stories. So did we, until we discovered one of Pennsylvania's most bizarre yet famous attractions. Haines Shoe House was built in 1948 by a shoemaker to promote his business. The house is five stories high, with two bedrooms at the foot, the living room at the foot, the ice cream parlor at the foot, and the kitchen at the foot. Although the couple initially lived in the house, they quickly rented it out. Today, it's considered one of the state's quirkiest attractions, and many people come to visit.

• Lucy the Elephant – New Jersey

The six-story elephant is a work of art and one of America's oldest landmarks. Lucy, formerly known as Elephant Bazaar, is an artificial elephant made of tin and cans in 1881.

Just a few miles from Atlantic City, this superb work of art was built by James to attract tourists. Given the hype surrounding elephants, Lucy managed to draw more attention to the area.


Americans are eccentric and have a great sense of humor. This is evidenced by the many roadside attractions in the United States. We hope this article is meaningful enough to provide enough information about many of these attractions.