North America's Top 10 Roadside Attractions

North America's scenic highways are dotted with attractions to lure in road-weary visitors. These kitschy, nostalgic sights make great photo ops on the way to the Florida Keys or Niagara Falls.

10. The Opogogo


Rumors of the Opogogo, a giant green snakelike monster, have been whispered about since the 19th century in British Columbia. If you're not lucky enough to spot the green fellow in person, you can drive by the famous sculpture of him in Kelowna.

9. Hood Milk Bottle


Although you have to enter a city to see this roadside attraction, the Hood Milk Bottle in Boston is an iconic element of Americana. The giant milk bottle stands 40 feet tall, with its red and white awning beckoning travelers to walk up and purchase ice cream.

 

8. Lucy the Elephant


Built as a whimsical summer cottage over a century ago, Lucy the Elephant is a beloved architectural attraction in Margate, New Jersey. Spiral stairs inside lead you to the top, where you're rewarded with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. 


7. UFO Landing Pad


If you're driving through the Canadian province of Alberta, it is well worth stopping to view the country's first UFO landing pad in the small town of St. Paul. The saucer-shaped pad is just right for extraterrestrial road-trippers, and there is an information centre next door for earthly visitors.


6. Mystery Spot


There's something eerie about California's redwood forests, which feel lost in time. These lofty woods house the Mystery Spot just outside of Santa Cruz, which is said to be a gravitational anomaly in which the laws of regular physics don't work.


5. The Beer Can House


The Beer-Can House was created by owner John Milkovisch, who decided to cover his Houston home with flattened beer cans back in 1968. Since then, he's added over 50,000 beer cans to his shimmering work of art.


4. The Lost Sea


You have to get underneath the highways of Tennessee to get to this attraction, which is America's largest underground lake. Known as "The Lost Sea," this lake lies 140 feet below the earth's surface. Travel across it on a glass bottom boat, while peering at 20,000 year-old jaguar tracks.


3. World's Largest Santa Claus


If you love Christmas, no jaunt through Alaska is complete without a stop at North Pole. This tiny town is famous for its candy cane light fixtures, all of the letters to Santa it receives, and its 900 pound Santa Claus statue.


2. Forbidden Gardens


It's possible to take a wrong turn when driving through the Lone Star State and end up in China. Replicas of China's greatest landmarks reside at the Forbidden Gardens in Katy, Texas. These include the Forbidden City and the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, complete with his 6,000 terra cotta soldiers.


1. Cabazon Dinosaurs


Twelve million visitors make the trek annually off of Highway 10 in Cabazon, California to visit the Cabazon Dinosaurs. These life-size replicas of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and Apatosaurus tower above the palm trees below. Ms. Dinny holds a gift shop, while you can climb to the top of Mr. Rex to inspect his fearsome teeth more closely. 

This is a guest article contributed by James from Skyscanner.net, a flight comparison company that compares flights to Canada, India and everywhere in between. Follow Skyscanner on Twitter  or try comparing flights within Facebook using their new flight search app.

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