50 Roadside Attractions For An Epic U.S. Journey

Some are beautiful, many are strange, but each of these 50 tourist attractions shows off the flavor of the state in which it’s located.

You like to think you’re a savvy traveler, and you wouldn’t be caught dead at a cheap and cheesy tourist trap swarming with gawkers in fanny packs. But just because an attraction is extremely popular with tourists  shouldn’t mean it’s automatically off your list of to-dos when you’re on the road. Every state in the U.S. has a long list of unique and often strange tourist attractions; here are 50 of the greatest and most unique, including monuments, bizarre roadside attractions, museums, tours and historic sites.

Alabama – Ave Maria Grotto

Alaska – Four-Story Igloo-Shaped Building

Arizona – Arcosanti: An Urban Laboratory

Arkansas – Diamond Mines

California – Chandelier Tree, Redwood Forest

Colorado – Cano’s Beer Can Castle

Connecticut – River Boat Ride

Delaware – Fort Delaware

Florida – Coral Castle

Georgia – The Georgia Guidestones

Hawaii – Puuhonua o Honaunau

Idaho – Craters of the Moon National Monument

Illinois – Cahokia Mounds

Indiana – Conner Prairie

Iowa – Grotto of the Redemption

Kansas – Underground Salt Museum

Kentucky – Louisville Mega Cavern

Louisiana – Zam’s Swamp Tours

Maine – Desert of Maine

Maryland – Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Massachusetts – Salem

Michigan – The Heidelberg Project

Minnesota – Cathedral of St. Paul

Mississippi – Longwood Plantation

Missouri -Billion Gallon Lake, Bonne Terre Mines

Montana – Roosevelt Arch

Nebraska – Carhenge

Nevada – Hoover Dam

New Hampshire – America’s Stonehenge

New Jersey – Lucy the Elephant, Cape May

New Mexico – Old Town, Albuquerque

New York – Top of the Rock

North Carolina – Mile High Bridge, Grandfather Mountain

North Dakota – Enchanted Highway

Ohio – Amish Country, Berlin

Oklahoma – Belle Starr Cowboy History Tour

Oregon – Astoria Column

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Historic District

Rhode Island – WaterFire, Providence

South Carolina – Angel Oak, Charleston

South Dakota – Crazy Horse Memorial

Tennessee – Crossville Treehouse

Texas – Cadillac Ranch

Utah – Hole in the Rock, Moab

Vermont – Aerial Tramway, Jay Peak Resort

Virginia – Colonial Williamsburg

Washington – Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

West Virginia – Coal House, Williamson

Wisconsin – House on the Rock

Wyoming – Mill Iron Ranch, Jackson Hole

Top image: Gabriella Corrado

Stephanie Rogers

Stephanie Rogers currently resides in North Carolina where she covers a variety of green topics, from sustainability to food.