America’s most unusual road side attractions

If you really want to enjoy an overseas holiday and you have the time, then hire a car and travel down some of the iconic highways that criss-cross the USA. Your journey will be enlivened by some of the strangest sights you’ll probably ever see as you drive through this panoramic and diverse country….

Beer cans as a sculpture in Houston, Texas

Beer Can house

One of the more unusual sights in the USA is a house constructed from beer cans in Houston. The house owner was bored with mowing his lawn so he covered the grass with rock and marble and then plastered 50,000 beer cans on to the side of his home. This edifice certainly gives a new meaning to recycling! Here are some more great Texas road trip ideas.

Check out our Top 12 Cool And Unusual Hotels In Austin.

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo

Cadillac Ranch Amarillo

If you’re travelling down Interstate 40, close to Amarillo, then you cannot miss the stunning Cadillac Ranch. This extraordinary installation is made up of 10 Cadillacs placed nose downwards and forming a line across the desert. The cars are brightly painted and covered with graffiti after being originally constructed in 1974.

Robots in Vermont

Mac Steel

The east of the USA is no less interesting than the south. For example, Vermont is home to the 20-foot tall giant robot sitting just beside Route 7. Originally used as an advertising model for a local steelworks, the steel robot looks quite at home resting beside the highway. Also, check out our post on the best places to visit in Vermont.

The blue whale on Route 66

Blue Whale

Countless songs have been recorded about Route 66, but none of them mention the giant 80-foot long blue whale that lives by the road in Catoosa Oklahoma! The whale was erected in the 1970s as an anniversary present from a husband to his wife and there it has remained as a, rather unusual, testament to love.

Driller in Tulsa, Oklahoma


The desert may cause sculptors to think big and the 22 ton, 76 foot Golden Driller situated just outside Tulsa is no exception to this rule. He was erected in honour of the petroleum industry and constructed in 1953.

Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Ireland and the UK but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting craving for culture, good food and football. Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and has also just started his own blog called Bars and Spas. As well as Rome he also counts Melbourne and Tel Aviv among his favourite places and now permanently resides in Dublin. Follow Scott on Google+ and Twitter


  • Elle Croft

    29 July, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Haha, these are awesome!
    I thought Australia was the only country with crazy roadside attractions, but it seems I was wrong. I’ll keep an eye out for some of these next time I’m in the states!

  • Heather

    29 July, 2014 at 1:37 am

    So strange! I’ve actually seen the robot, but none of the others. I can’t imagine how much time it took to actually do that with the beer cans…

  • Sarah

    28 July, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Oh I love kitch. The Beer Can House in Houston is a lot of fun- even the shingles are made out of beer cans! It’s super accessible right in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Houston. If you can time your visit with the Art Car parade/ Orange show you will have a most memorable weekend. Do any of the other attractions have a festival near by? It’s always fun to do a deep dive into this parallell universe of ‘found art’.

  • Jeff Titelius

    27 July, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    What a fun post! I really need to get out to the southwest and see all of these quirky attractions – love the blue whale and Cadillac Ranch!

  • Catherine

    26 July, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Love this post! Since I was a kid I’ve always dreamed of taking a road trip through America. Love the idea of just stumbling across things like these randomly!


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