As summer draws closer, many will start gearing up for their next roadtrip across America. Located along various routes, roadside attractions provide an eccentric and unique stop during the sometimes monotonous hours in a car – here’s the top 10 roadside attractions located along the east coast.
1. Rock City (Georgia)
Located just outside of Chattanooga, Rock City is a one of a kind experience that features a variety of attractions, including raptor shows and an outdoor garden filled with a variety of whimsical sculptures.
2. Lucy The Elephant (New Jersey)
Standing over 60’ high, Lucy the Elephant isn’t a statue that blends into the crowd. This statue was built in the late 19th century to attract tourists, and it’s certainly worked – Lucy is one of the oldest and most enduring roadside attractions in the United States. Tours inside Lucy the Elephant are currently operating with limited hours, and visitors can visit Lucy and the nearby gift shop free of charge.
3. The Haines Shoe House (Pennsylvania)
Built by “The Shoe Wizard”, the Shoe House is – you guessed it – shaped like a giant shoe. Mahlon Haines was the eccentric owner of a chain of shoe stores in Pennsylvania in the earlier half of the 20th century who supposedly decided to build this one of a kind house as a form of advertisement. The Haines Shoe House is currently accepting visitors, and also features tour options as well as a gift shop.
4. Old Car City USA (Georgia)
Here’s a unique opportunity the car or photography lover will find memorable – Old Car City USA is one of the world’s largest classic car junkyards. Spanning over 30 acres, this attraction features a variety of cars, vans, and buses in varying states of disrepair.
5. Wild Blueberry Land (Maine)
Wild Blueberry Land, as the name implies, is all about blueberries. This family attraction features a museum, restaurant, and gift shop – all of which look like blueberries. Some features are currently closed due to covid, but Wild Blue Berry Land is still offering outdoor seating and a drive-thru window. Wild Blueberry Land is family-owned by Dell and Marie Emerson, who started farming the land in 1953 and built the attraction in 1999 after the demand for their delicious berries gained popularity.
6. Dinosaur Land (White Post, Virginia)
While not quite Jurassic Park, this dinosaur themed attraction in Viriginia is certainly memorable. Home to over 50 dinosaur statues, visitors can get an up close look at what some of these may have looked like.
7. American Classic Arcade Museum (New Hampshire)
The American Classic Arcade Museum isn’t just a collection of historical arcade games – it’s an interactive, functioning arcade. Housing many iconic games such as Tetris and Pac-Man, this arcade is also home to some of the rarest games in the world. Entry into the arcade itself is free, however, in order to play the games visitors must purchase tokens.
8. Secret Caverns (New York)
Secret Caverns is a privately owned cave that features a 100’ underground waterfall in New York State. First discovered in the 1920’s, modern day guests are able to take a guided tour through the caverns. Tours are currently operating with limited hours.
9. Weeki Wachee Springs (Weeki Wachee, Florida)
If you’ve ever wanted to see a show performed by mermaids, this is the option for you. Weeki Wachee springs is a popular and family friendly attraction that features kayak rentals, tours, and real life mermaids – or atleast, very convincing performers. The mermaid show was closed for almost a year due to covid-19, but is running once again as of late March.
10. Jordan’s Furniture
A furniture store might not be the first place you think of when considering interesting places to stop on your roadtrip, but Jordan’s Furniture isn’t just any old furniture store. Instead, each of its east coast locations also feature quirky attractions such as an indoor adventure ropes course or an IMAX theatre. Many of these attractions are currently operating with limited capacity or via reservation, but are open to the public.
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