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10 Roadside Attractions On The West Coast To Visit This Summer

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The West Coast, spanning from Washington State to California, is full of interesting roadside attractions. Here are the top 10 attractions you won't miss on your next west coast road trip.

Top 10 Roadside Attractions On The West Coast

1. Beasts of Borrego Springs

Located in Borrego Springs, CA, this roadside attraction features over 100 metal sculptures placed throughout the desert. The sculptures consist of a variety of subjects. Some of the sculpture subjects include, but are not limited to dinosaurs and a sea serpent, making this a great spot to take some fun and memorable photos.

Beasts of Borrego Springs

2. Bigfoot Discovery Museum

The Bigfoot Discovery Museum is home to tons of exhibits and artifacts related to the legendary creature, including videos, a sighting map, and footprint casts. The museum has free admission, with the possibility to leave a donation. They are located in Felton, CA, and are currently open every day except Tuesday from 11 am to 6 pm, so be sure to check them out!

Bigfoot Discovery Museum

3. The Mystery Spot

Nestled amongst the red woods in Santa Cruz, CA, the Mystery Spot is an interesting attraction with equally interesting lore. Advertised as a gravitational anomaly, there's a ton of theories behind how it supposedly works, ranging from an optical illusion to supernatural effects. They are currently open to the public. However, the Mystery Spot currently has decreased tour sizes and is requiring staff and guests to wear face masks.

The Mystery Spot

4. Ostrich Land USA

This unique attraction offers the opportunity to both view and feed the ostriches and emus that call this Buellton, CA ranch home. In addition to getting to see the birds themselves, the site also features a gift shop where you can pick up a variety of Ostrich-related items, including edible ostrich eggs!

Ostrich Land USA

5. The Fremont Troll

If you’re traveling through or planning a trip to, Seattle, head on over to the Fremont neighborhood to see this iconic sculpture. Constructed in 1990, the Fremont troll has been lurking under Aurora Bridge ever since and has become a popular sightseeing and photography attraction.

The Fremont Troll

6. The World's Tallest Barber Pole

This 72-foot tall barber pole is located in Forest Grove, Oregon. The pole has held the Guinness World record for being the tallest of its kind for several years, making it a fun and quirky sightseeing attraction to add to your itinerary.

The World's Tallest Barber Pole

7. Hats N Boots

Here’s another fun roadside attraction near Seattle. Consisting of a giant sculpture of a cowboy hat and boots, this attraction was originally built as a themed gas station. The gas station has since closed, and the sculptures were moved to their permanent home in Oxbow Park, where you can stop by to see them!

Hats N Boots

8. Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

If you’re looking for a quirky and memorable stop, check out Ye Olde Curiosity Shop in Seattle. The shop features oddities such as mummies and two-headed cows, as well as offering a variety of eccentric souvenirs for sale. This means you can look forward to not only viewing the variety of interesting exhibits but also taking some interesting trinkets to remember the trip back home with you!

Ye Olde Curiosity Shop

9. The Cyclisk

This obelisk might look mysterious, but it isn’t made out of any strange material – in fact, it’s made entirely out of bicycle parts. Located in Santa Cruz, California, the Cyclisk stands a whopping 65’ high and is made out of over 300 bicycles. 

The Cyclisk

10. Tour Thru Tree

Drive through a real, living tree at this tourist attraction! Located in Klamath, California, Tour Thru Tree is an ancient redwood that has a car-sized hole in the center. A word of advice – larger cars may not fit through the tree, but you can still check it out by foot!

Tour Thru Tree

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