Can we stop? America’s loaded with weird roadside attractions

Editor’s note: This piece is part of the ClassicCars.com Journal’s Road Trip Month. We’ll be celebrating anything that helps pass the miles and the cars that get us there during the month of June.


We’ve all seen the signs and been tempted to stop: The Thing. The Fountain of Youth. The World’s Largest…Whatever.

Few of us seem to actually pull over, but those weird roadside attractions sprinkled across the American landscape have been around for decades and don’t appear to be going anywhere soon.

In fact, they’re engrained in the culture of a road trip. As kids, we all loved to read the ads and begged our parents to stop and pay $1 so we could see what was behind a dusty curtain inside a cramped, hot building standing in the middle of nowhere.

I can’t speak for all of you, but my parents never stopped. They gave some logical argument about spending

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