One of the best things about road tripping is finding all the little (or perhaps, really big) unique stops along your way. We’ve rounded up the 5 most unusual landmarks in the US to add to your must see lists.
- A dog makes the perfect companion and even some enjoy a good road trip alongside the rest of us but did you know that the largest beagle in the world can be found in Cottonwood, Idaho? It’s true! This giant K9 is not only a statue, but it also functions as an inn, perfect for a night’s stay with your own wet-nosed, 4-pawed, fluffy friend.
- Run down cars usually belong at the junk yard, but Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas has become a work of art. Erected in 1974, this unique landmark has been visited by countless tourists along Interstate 40 ever since. These Cadillacs have been used as billboards, so to speak, to commemorate and advertise events and have more recently been spray-painted by tourists on their visits. These colorful automobiles are definitely Insta-worthy!
- In 1913, California reached a record-breaking temperature of 134-degrees! What better way to commemorate such a feat than a giant thermometer monument? This “World’s tallest thermometer” stands at 134 feet tall in Baker, California – the gateway to death valley. Be sure to stop in at Temp 134 gift shop before you head back out on the road for an “I Beat the Heat in Baker” tee-shirt.
- Traveling up the Mississippi? Add a stop in Red Wing, Minnesota to see the world’s largest boot. Red Wing Shoes created this massive boot in 2005 in celebration of their centennial anniversary. You may fit inside this boot but it won’t fit on anyone less than the size of a giant that would wear a size 638 1/2 (US). If you’re looking for something that’s a little more your size, take a stroll through the rest of the museum to see different designs from over the years.
- Last but not least, a trip through Kansas wouldn’t be the same without a stop at the world’s largest ball of twine. Currently standing at 11 feet in diameter, the ball of twine began in 1953 and continues to grow as townspeople and visitors keep making their own additions.
There you have it, 5 of the worlds most unusual landmarks. Now go and get wild – see what other unusual landmarks you can find.
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