Summer is the season for exploring the country by road and luckily the U.S. is home to some considerably epic routes. As the automobile became a household staple and vacationing became a regular practice, roadside oddities began popping up along major interstates and in far-flung towns from coast to coast. These attractions aimed to beckon travelers or at least entertain them along the way. Today, they remain iconic examples of roadside Americana and are still worth the detour. From the world’s largest buffalo in North Dakota to the county’s oldest roadside attraction in New Jersey and many others in between, these are seven of our favorite roadside oddities. As the adage goes, life is a journey, not a destination. These attractions prove the same can be just as true for road trips.
Paste Travel’s Bucket List columnist Lauren Kilberg is a Chicago-based freelance writer. Her travels have found her camping near the Pakistani border of India and conquering volcanoes in the Philippines.