Roadside Attractions and Quirky Museums: Interactive Map + Guide

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As you might have guessed, I enjoy quirky travel sights. Weird roadside attractions. Strange and unusual museums. Bizarre statues. Zany travel discoveries. And such.

Here’s a glance at the hundreds of quirky museums and roadside attractions I have visited during my travels. Zoom and manipulate the map to see all the Quirky Attraction stories published on the site. Or scroll down the page to check out the complete list of Quirky Attractions beneath the map.

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List of USA & Canada Roadside Attractions + Quirky Museums I’ve covered so far:

world's largest buffalo monument jamestown nd World’s Largest Buffalo Monument (Jamestown, ND)

potato museum selfie Idaho Potato Museum (Blackfoot, ID)

garden 1000 buddhas Garden of 1000 Buddhas (Arlee, MT)

standin on corner park Standin’ On the Corner Park (Winslow, AZ)

giant adidas shoes The Giant Adidas Shoes (Portland, OR)

teapot gas station Teapot Gas Station (Zillah, WA)

last blockbuster world The Last Blockbuster Video in the World (Bend, OR)

flavor graveyard The Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard (Waterbury, VT)

miss piggy Miss Piggy Plane Wreck (Churchill, Manitoba)

UFO Museum The UFO Museum (Roswell, NM)

towing museum The Towing Museum (Chattanooga, TN)

betsy lobster statue Betsy the Giant Lobster (Islamorada, FL)

aubusson tapestry museum france Bordertown Garage and Museum (Beaver Creek, Yukon)

Wall Drug Wall Drug, the World’s Largest Drug Store (Wall, SD)

polynesian football hall of fame Polynesian Football Hall of Fame (Laie, HI)

atomic museum radiation signs Atomic Testing Museum (Las Vegas, NV)

world's largest rotating tramcar Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (Palm Springs, CA)

keeper of the plains wichita kansas Keeper of the Plains Statue (Wichita, KS)

mill ends portland oregon Mill Ends Park, the World’s Smallest Park! (Portland, OR)

featured mardi gras world Mardi Gras World (New Orleans, LA)

pinball hall of fame las vegas kiss game The Pinball Hall of Fame (Las Vegas, NV)

surgical science museum chicago International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago, IL)

winnipeg longitudinal centre Longitudinal Center of Canada (Tache, Manitoba)

dole plantation hawaii Dole Plantation (Wahiawa, HI)

gopher wedding Gopher Hole Museum (Torrington, Alberta)

pittsburgh national aviary National Aviary (Pittsburgh, PA)

gum wall seattle Seattle Gum Wall (Seattle, WA)

 Neon Museum (Las Vegas, NV)

us hockey hall of fame U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame (Eveleth, MN)

ernest hemingway house key west Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum (Key West, FL)

southernmost point hawaii Southernmost Point in the United States in Hawaii (Naalehu, HI)

featured cable car Cable Car Museum (San Francisco, CA)

art car museum houston Art Car Museum (Houston, TX)

tulsa golden driller oil statue Golden Driller Statue (Tulsa, OK)

trend rv motorhome hall fame The RV Hall of Fame (Elkhart, IN)

anchorage light speed planet walk venus Light Speed Planet Walk (Anchorage, AK)

indy 500 winning 1951 car Indianapolis 500 Museum (Indianapolis, IN)

 The American Town Without Electricity (Polebridge, MT)

yukon kissing buildings Yukon Kissing Buildings (Dawson City, Yukon)

pacific tsunami museum Pacific Tsunami Museum (Hilo, HI)

new orleans pharmacy museum Pharmacy Museum (New Orleans, LA)

 The Town of Santa Claus (Santa Claus, IN)

minneapolis skyway Minneapolis Skyway (Minneapolis, MN)

touchstone taxidermy animals Touchstone Wildlife and Art Museum (Shreveport, LA)

the house on the rock House on the Rock (Spring Green, WI)

olney city park Albino squirrels of Olney (Olney, IL)

cleveland-police-museum Cleveland Police Museum (Cleveland, OH)

Lost Springs Sign Town With a Population of 1 (Lost Springs, WY)

studebaker Studebaker Museum (South Bend, IN)

parthenon museum front Nashville Parthenon (Nashville, TN)

andy griffith statue raleigh Andy Griffith & Opie statue (Raleigh, NC)

cowboy museum National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK)

incline close up Pittsburgh Inclines (Pittsburgh, PA)

houston president heads Giant Presidential Heads (Houston, TX)

lane motor museum Lane Motor Museum (Nashville, TN)

leaning tower niles chicago Leaning Tower of Niles (Niles, IL)

new orleans montage museum Historic Voodoo Museum (New Orleans, LA)

heidelberg project Heidelberg Project (Detroit, MI)

arabia steamboat museum Arabia Steamboat Museum (Kansas City, MO)

crop-ladder Whitehorse Fish Ladder (Whitehorse, Yukon)

largest vampire bat World’s Largest Bats (Louisville, KY)

michael jacksons birth home Michael Jackson’s Birth Home (Gary, IN)

shuttlecock kansas city World’s Largest Shuttlecocks (Kansas City, MO)

crop-osteology Museum of Osteology (Oklahoma City, OK)

indian burial grounds st paul St. Paul Indian Mounds (St. Paul, MN)

crop-airline2 National Airline History Museum (Kansas City, MO)

doughboy prophylactic History of Contraception Museum (Cleveland, OH)

illinois toilet seat Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum (San Antonio, TX)

rocky statue close The Rocky Statue (Philadelphia, PA)

museum of world treasures Museum of World Treasures (Wichita, KS)

christmas story house collage A Christmas Story House (Cleveland, OH)

flame of hope banting house Banting House (London, ON)

crop-feinstein Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative (Carmel, IN)

frank lloyd wright visitor center Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rest stop (Rocky Mountain National Park, CO)

dalai-lama-elton-john-shoes Bata Shoe Museum (Toronto, ON)

wreaths Alaska Veterans Memorial (Denali State Park, AK)

pop Pops Soda Ranch (Arcadia, OK)

arnold schwarzenegger statue Arnold Schwarzenegger Statue (Columbus, OH)

banjo-crop American Banjo Museum (Oklahoma City, OK)

jimi-crop Jimi Hendrix statue (Seattle, WA)

spoonbridge and cherry Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (Minneapolis, MN)

pepsi-crop The birthplace of Pepsi (New Bern, NC)

james polk tomb James Polk’s Tomb (Nashville, TN)

giant free stamp cleveland The Giant ‘Free’ Stamp (Cleveland, OH)

mill-city-crop Mill City Museum (Minneapolis, MN)

best roadside attractions map World’s Largest Santa Claus Statue (North Pole, AK)

acc hall of champions ACC Hall of Champions (Greensboro, NC)

jimi hendrix music city walk of fame Music City Walk of Fame (Nashville, TN)

bush family summer vacation compound The Bush family compound (Kennebunkport, ME)

ava gardner museum Ava Gardner Museum (Smithfield, NC)

rocket vertical Saturn 1B Rocket at Alabama Rest Stop (Elkmont, AL)

one mile above sea level ‘One Mile Above Sea Level’ Sign at the Colorado State Capitol (Denver, CO)

nashborough cabins Fort Nashborough (Nashville, TN)

best roadside attractions usa Trans-Alaska Pipeline (Fairbanks, AK)

new orleans voodoo queen grave Tomb of Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen (New Orleans, LA)

redwoods radar station World War II Radar Station (Redwood National Park, CA)

san diego pier cafe Ocean Beach Pier Cafe (San Diego, CA)

roadside america attractions Zzyzx Road (Baker, CA)

kissing sailor statue Kissing Sailor Statue (San Diego, CA)

malcolm x birth site Malcolm X birth site (Omaha, NE)

geographic center america oddities The exact geographic center of the United States (Lebanon, KS)

horton plaza giant chess Horton Plaza (San Diego, CA)

tribune tower english parliament Tribune Tower (Chicago, IL)

unusual roadside attractions Parson’s Gold Mines in Sumter National Forest (Abbeville, SC)

coal house williamson west virginia The Coal House (Williamson, WV)

farm toy museum tractors National Farm Toy Museum (Dyersville, IA)

 Bronze Fonz statue (Milwaukee, WI)

sock monkey statue Rockford Sock Monkey statues (Rockford, IL)

seals la jolla beach La Jolla Seals at Children’s Beach (La Jolla, CA)

southernmost point key west Southernmost Point in the continental United States (Key West, FL)

cheat summit fort cabin remains Cheat Summit Fort (Elkins, WV)

detroit fist statue Detroit fist statue (Detroit, MI)

edgar allan poe mural philadelphia Edgar Allan Poe Mural (Philadelphia, PA)

roadside attractions map The High Line (New York, NY)

roadside oddities Plainview Klown Doll Museum (Plainview, NE)

weird roadside attractions near me Dukes of Hazzard Museum (Nashville, TN)

wieners circle logo The Wieners Circle (Chicago, IL)

georgetown bighorn sheep viewing area colorado Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Viewing Area (Georgetown, CO)

st louis city garden white rabbits St. Louis Citygarden (St. Louis, MO)

roadside kitsch Andy Warhol’s grave (Pittsburgh, PA)

quirky roadside attractions Mrs. Butterworth (Julia Grant) statue (Galena, IL)

Tijuana border fence pacific ocean U.S.-Mexico Pacific border (Tijuana, Mexico)

Rutgers grease trucks Rutgers grease trucks (New Brunswick, NJ)

irish hunger memorial Irish Hunger Memorial (New York, NY)

roadside attractions usa The Field of Dreams movie site (Dyersville, IA)

Mary Sioux City Iowa Giant Jesus and Mary statues (Sioux City, IA)

Tree that owns itself The Tree That Owns Itself (Athens, GA)

List of International Quirky Museums + Roadside Attractions I’ve covered so far:

tequila museum cover Tequila & Mezcal Museum (Mexico City, Mexico)

african penguin cape town The Penguins of Boulders Beach (Cape Town, South Africa)

aubusson tapestry museum france Aubusson Tapestry Museum (Aubusson, France)

atomium stainless steel orbs The Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

iceland phallus museum Iceland Phallus Museum (Reykjavik, Iceland)

interior kahlo museum Frida Kahlo Museum (Mexico City, Mexico)

museum icelandic sorcery Icelandic Museum of Sorcery & Witchcraft (Holmavik, Iceland)

freddie mercury birth house Freddie Mercury’s Birth House (Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania)

climb dune 45 namibia Namibia Sand Dunes (Sossusvlei, Namibia)

moco museum stripe room instagram Moco Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

 Dominican Amber Museum (Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic)

Salvador Dali Museum Paris Salvador Dali Museum (Paris, France)

weird roadside attractions near me World’s Largest Meteorite (Grootfontein, Namibia)

gorge swing freefall africa Victoria Falls Gorge Swing (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe)

featured-plaza Plaza de las Culturas (Piedras Negras, Mexico)

 Sinking Bell Tower (Laoag, Philippines)

These are some of the roadside attractions near me that I’ve encountered while on USA road trips and overseas trips. Got a tip for some quirky and unusual attractions I haven’t written about? Shoot me an email!

16 thoughts on “Roadside Attractions and Quirky Museums: Interactive Map + Guide”

  1. Sadly, we’ve only seen two of these spots. The golden driller in Tulsa and the kissing sailor in San Diego. It’s sad because we’ve driven across the country 4 times! We better get busy. Next time we road trip across the country I’ll definitely refer to your list. You’ve had such fun adventures!

    1. Thanks Patti. Many of these are places that are easy to miss, unless you specifically research them ahead of time. I always try to find a couple oddball attractions on every trip to liven things up 🙂

  2. There’s a quirky little B&B in (yes I mean IN) the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of NC. It was once a lighthouse. Check it out.

  3. Hi Scott-
    I enjoyed your site. Have you ever been to the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma? A little pricey $6.00, but I spent over an hour there and found it amazing. I believe they have every action figure ever made and many dioramas by subject – cowboys and Indians, military, super heroes, etc. Fun place. V. Box

  4. This is a great list! We have only see a few of them, but am so looking forward to expanding our list!

    When next in Seattle- check out the Gum Wall:-) It is the back wall of a building near Pikes Place where people stick their chewing gum. Totally quirky:-) What made it even quirkier- other people were there chewing and sticking gum on it and photographing it.

    1. I would definitely stop by there! There’s another gum wall somewhere in California where people do the same thing. It’s so strange but for some reason it has a lot of quirky appeal.

  5. this link is NOT mine – but this place is SO surreal. You can see the sculptures from I90 west of Sioux Falls in SD. Stopped once – the signs with the sculptures are really odd. There are several that I really like and some that don’t really do anything for me. Regardless, I do think it qualifies as “quirky”

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