Tuesday, October 3, 2023


Do you like to visit offbeat roadside attractions?

One of the best things about being an RVer is the fact that you’re constantly on the road. OK, sure, there are downsides to that, too, but the whole fun of RVing is seeing and doing things you wouldn’t normally see or do.

Like the world’s largest ball of twine, or Jake the Alligator Man, or several three-headed cows, or coffee shops inside of tea kettles or hotels inside of Beagles (we’re talking about this one)…

For many of you, roadside attractions are probably why you love traveling by RV so much. But for others of you, maybe you don’t care about ’em at all. Tell us in the poll below, please. We’re curious.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodburyhttps://www.rvtravel.com
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at RVtravel.com. She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for RVtravel.com she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.


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Gary G
2 years ago

Love em! Isn’t that a big part of rv travel?

Gene Bjerke
2 years ago

I am more interested than the navigodess. For example, I thought Foamhenge was interesting but she has been to the real thing and thinks that the various recreations are just dumb. So it would be hard to go much out of our way to see odd things.

Jeff Craig
2 years ago

Since the wife and I both work, we tend to take a three week road trip to a few NASCAR races, which means I plan for everything so we can maximize our time. I’m not sure I’d fight with taking my Class A and toad to see the ‘Worlds Biggest Ball of String’, but we have stopped at Devils Tower and the Minuteman Missile NHS off I90 and driven by the ‘Corn Palace’ at 9PM when going through South Dakota.

John Macatee
2 years ago

Yes. We work the 3-3-3 rule ; drive 300 miles, arrive before 3:00pm and stay 3 days. This allows for sploring!!

2 years ago
Reply to  John Macatee

My thoughts also. Best rule ever!!!!!!!!!!!

Roger Sleight
2 years ago

One of the best websites for locating offbeat attractions is RoadsideAmerica.com.

2 years ago

Sometimes, if it strikes my fancy, (wife usually isn’t interested).

Recently went out of the way to take photos of Popeye in Chester IL, Paul Bunyan & Babe in Bemidji MN, Brooks Catsup bottle on Route 66.

Neal Davis
2 years ago

One of the downsides to our rig is its length (42’11”), which largely precludes us from most roadside attractions. We have taken the toad back or forward to see them on rare occasions, but typically see them via Google or Wikipedia. Mostly we just wonder how they might be without ever knowing.

Richard Davidson
2 years ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

One of the main reasons we downsized to a Leisure Travel Van. After 12 yrs, got tired of missing most of the sights while we traveled. Now we stop when & where we want or even pull a U-e if needed. Has everything our 40fter had except a washer/dryer. Don’t miss the bus or the toad at all.

2 years ago

On many trips we are just on a self imposed schedule which doesn’t leave time for ‘sploring’, but on the last few trips we have found some real gems.

I share photos on google and some of the most popular have been the unique ‘finds’.

2 years ago

Yes. You find the best of the best of everything. Antiques, food, nature’s wonders. If you’re not traveling out and about then really why are you RVing.

2 years ago

We have enjoyed many roadside attractions but there is a limit on how many in each trip.

Lance Craig
2 years ago

I was going to say we only occasionally like to see quirky stuff, but my DW reminded me we drove hours out of our way and camped 2 nights to see the Possum Monument in Wausau, Florida (the self proclaimed Possum Capital of the World). Don’t miss the Possum Festival in the first week of August each year (unless impacted by Covid).

2 years ago

My favorite website for just this: RoadsideAmerica.com
While we have found some real gems, some stuff is just a drive-by. There is an app for Apple but not Android.

2 years ago
Reply to  Jane

We check that site when making travel plans. We try to hit some of the offbeat attractions each trip. Accidently found the “World’s Largest Catsup Bottle” because of a wrong turn while looking for a dinner place!

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

After passing “The Thing” along I-10 in Arizona many times, we finally decided “today is the day” on one of our trips. We pulled in to check this “offbeat” attraction out. It was great. There’s stuff to spend money on in the large store, but the museum is the nugget here. It costs $5 to go through and it’s truly worth it. The theme of the museum is “what if?” and goes on to postulate about aliens and dinosaurs and how the dinosaurs may have been wiped out. A new take on this. It’s just a fun place to visit. Come with an open mind.

Donald N Wright
2 years ago

I have enjoyed the “Corn Palace” and the “Potato Museum”, but the “Silo” was still closed.I have found private museums and the town where the government used an atomic bomb to break up the oil shale.

2 years ago

Wait, what? Tell us more!

Cheryl Bacon
2 years ago
Reply to  Kathryn

Just one of the DOE/United States Atomic Energy Commission Plowshare Program projects.

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