Last summer my sister and I dragged my boys half-way across the country for a month, just to re-live a bit of our childhood – exploring our country’s national parks and historical sites: The Grand Canyon, Pikes Peak, Yellowstone National Park, Mount Rushmore, etc, etc…. This was something we used to do as kids every summer, and we wanted to do it again with my kids, so they could experience the ‘thrill’ of it all (not necessarily their word!)
Something I wanted to include in this trip that my parents never did, was to visit some oddities along the way, like ‘Peggy Sue’s Dina Saur Park’ , half-way between the Equator and the North Pole, the ‘World’s Largest Rocking Chair,’ and ‘Carhenge.’
At Safford RV we hear interesting stories from our customers about their RV travels too. Customers have told us some amazing stories, shown us pictures of beautiful landscape they have visited, and shared campsite stories, but nothing makes us laugh more than people who tell us they just got back from seeing the world’s largest cow. For your enjoyment, here are a few other wacky places our customers have told us about:
The Big Mac Museum. For people who love McDonald’s, this museum is the mecca of the fast-food chains’ most popular item. The museum, located in North Huntingdon, PA, is also a working McDonald’s restaurant. You can learn the history of the Big Mac, see artifacts like a Big Mac toaster and a sauce gun, and check out a 14 foot tall Big Mac.
World’s Largest Catsup Bottle. Yes, this is real. The World’s Largest Catsup bottle is a 170 foot tall water tower built in 1949 for the city of Collinsville, IL. At the time, the town was home to the G.S. Suppiger catsup bottling company and the water tower was built to show the world how proud they were of their town’s industry. This roadside attraction was almost demolished in 1995, but was luckily saved and restored and in 2002 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Crayola Factory and Hall of Fame in Easton, PA. I have heard that this is not really an actual factory, but is still a cool tour and museum for families to visit. A guide shows you how crayons are made and leads you through the entire process of making Crayolas. There are several activity stations for your children to have hands-on play time. There is a model magic station, a place to create your own 35mm slides and project them on the wall, and thousands of things for the kids to color. Don’t forget to finish your visit by checking out the World’s Largest Crayon, which is 15 feet long and 1,500 lbs.
World’s Largest Chest of Drawers. If you happened to pass by this North Carolina attraction in your youth you might not recognize it today. The original chest of drawers was built in the 1920s by the High Point Chamber of Commerce to honor their status as the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World.” The building was originally 20-feet tall but was renovated in 1996 and became a 38-foot tall block front chest with two socks to symbolize the city’s hosiery industry.
Cadillac Ranch – Located just to the west of Amarillo on I-40 is this eccentric billionaire’s attempt to baffle the locals. In 1974 local billionaire Stanley Marsh III and a group of artists called the Ant Farm put 10 Cadillacs into the ground. It became an instant tourist attraction and a place for people to create their own art work by spray painting the Cadillacs. If you want to make your mark on the cars make sure you take a picture because it won’t be long before someone spray paints over your mark.
Museum of Pez Memorabilia – Did you love Pez candy when you were a kid? If you were like my sister, you liked the dispensers more than you liked the candy. ( she has a collection that could almost rival the one at this museum! ) If you happen to be RVing near Burlingame, California stop by and check out the Pez Museum. It is pretty small but it holds over 550 different character dispensers and the world’s largest Pez dispenser.
Largest Ball of Twine – In 1950 a man named Francis Johnson started wrapping twine for around four hours a day for about 6 months. He continued to wrap twine until he died in 1989. If you are passing by Darwin, MI you can see his twine ball creation that now weighs 17,400 pounds!
Only in America could you visit such a fun and amazing array of attractions on your travels. Where is the weirdest place you have traveled in your RV? Send Safford RV a picture and tell us the story!