5 roadside attractions that are worth taking a detour
With 80% of the respondents to a recent survey from the AAA (American Automobile Association) saying that they plan on going on a road trip this summer, it is no wonder that the way to one’s destination is always filled with plenty of attractions, ready to entertain all of these tourists. In case you’re wondering where you should have a detour in your future road trip, here are 5 roadside attractions that are definitely worthy of your time and that shouldn’t be missed.
Located in South Dakota, this palace was built to promote the state’s corn farming industry. More than a simple tourist attraction located on the I-90, the palace also hosts basketball games and various performances, as well as being the site of the annual Corn Palace Festival.
Brooks Catsup Water Tower
If someone decides to pull off Highway 159 in Collinsville, in the west-central portion of Illinois, they will be greeted by this water tower. The tower was built in 1949 to store water for the ketchup plant’s fire sprinkler system and was officially named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
Seattle Gum Wall
Possibly one of America’s strangest attractions, The Gum Wall can be found in an alleyway near the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle. The peculiar site was started in the 1990s, as theatregoers used to stick their gum to the wall while waiting to get into a then-popular show.
Catoosa, Oklahoma’s Blue Whale
This is a popular attraction that was never intended to be this way. Zoologist Hugh Davis built the 80-foot-long replica of a whale for hid grandchildren. However, both locals and road-trippers soon took interest in the sight, and Davis eventually opened the property to the public.
This site in Alliance, Nebraska, just off of Highway 87, is constructed of cars from the 1950s and 1960s that are arranged in a layout as similar as possible to the real Stonehenge. Jim Reinders, the one responsible for the site, erected it as a memorial to his father.