Special Report

Must-See Roadside Attractions in Every State

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Kansas: Giant Van Gogh Painting on the World’s Largest Easel

Atop an 80 foot easel in a field in Goodland, Kansas is a reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Three Sunflowers in a Vase.” While it may not actually be the world’s largest easel, it is the largest easel alongside a U.S. interstate. The 768 sq. foot painting was completed by Canadian artist Cameron Cross and dedicated during the town’s Sunflower Festival.

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Kentucky: Dinosaur World

No roadside attraction compilation would be complete without the sudden appearance of giant dinosaurs on the side of the highway. For those who would rather not pay to walk down trails lined with the life-sized dinosaur statues, there’s a T-Rex off exit 53 on I-65.

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Louisiana: Abita Mystery House

The brainchild of Louisiana painter John Preble, this rambling museum of folk art contains collections of found objects such as combs and license plates, homemade inventions and contraptions, mini towns with button-activated displays, and taxidermied franken-beasts like Darrell, a half-dog half-alligator.

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Maine: International Cryptozoology Museum

This museum is dedicated to animals whose existence is yet to be verified by science, such as the Loch Ness Monster, Yeti, and the Feejee Mermaid. Curated by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, the museum features replicas, footprint casts, hair samples, and other artifacts related to cryptids from around the world.

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Maryland: Enchanted Forest at Clark’s Elioak Farm

A great attraction for children, this farm features a fantasy maze, hay rides, a petting zoo, and an enchanted forest train ride. After an old fairy tale amusement park shut down, Martha Clark took on the castles, gingerbread houses, and other fantasy props like a huge concrete shoe, to recreate the Enchanted Forest park at her farm.

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