In the previous article we saw some pretty amazing roadside attractions – dinosaurs in California, beer can house in Texas, the largest underground lake in Tennessee and a beautiful Buddhist temple in Montana. But these are just some of the many roadside attractions you can come across throughout the US highways. Here we will find out what else you can see:
Largest Candy Store in Minnesota
Travelling trough Minnesota you should definitely go visit the largest candy store. They have more than 3000 varieties of candy sectioned off by type. You can pick whatever you like from sour candy, gumballs, licorice, gummies, European candy, hard candy, taffies, suckers, caramel and many more. A fine selection of candy could be a nice surprise for your children waiting for you at home. It’s located off of highway 169 in Jordan, just south of the Twin Cities.
Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria in Connecticut
For the food lovers we have this nice culinary roadside attraction. It’s located in New Haven right off I-95 or I-91. This Italian pizzeria was founded in 1925 and is still working. What you should know is that they bake the pizza pies with coal. You should definitely try their signature pizza – the White Clam Pizza. They have a lot of locations now, but in New Haven is the first and original pizzeria.
Bishop Castle in Colorado
While most private homes wouldn’t be considered roadside attractions, Bishop Castle in Rye, Colorado is a rare exception. Owned by Rye native Jim Bishop, this wood-and-stone castle has been continually built upon since 1969, when Jim first started constructing the house at the age of 15. The finished castle, complete with an impressive iron dragon, is three stories tall and contains a grand ballroom, towers, and bridges. Bishop Castle is always open and admission is free!
Oregon Vortex in Oregon
Gravity may begin to behave strangely when you visit the Oregon Vortex and House of Mystery. Like the Mystery Hole, this is one of America’s strange roadside attractions that mess with your mind with optical illusions. It is located in Gold Hill east of I-5 and you should stop and see it if you drive by.
Prada Marfa in Texas
Located in Valentine this roadside attraction is actually an art installation. It looks like a Prada store on the road, but it is a sculpture, which is permanently installed by artists Elmgreen and Dragset. It is a message to consumerism and gentrification and is meant to inspire a kind of “what if” thinking. This “store” is open 24/7.
Wall Drug Store in South Dakota
This roadside shopping complex can be found off Highway 90, about 8 miles north of Badlands National Park. It's open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. First started as a place to get ice water in 1931. Now you can have coffee for 5 cents, see some of their 300 original oil paintings or shop for cowboy boots. This store draws two million annual visitors, so may be you should visit it too.
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