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The Five Best Car-Related Roadside Attractions in the United States

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When you go on a road trip, why not make it car-themed?

One of the many reasons that road trips are so appealing is because they give you an opportunity to see some of the greatest roadside attractions in the United States. While these attractions range from the biggest ball of yarn in the world to giant dinosaurs, there are multiple car-related roadside attractions that are sure to make you smile. Keep these attractions in mind when you set out on the open road.

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Cadillac Ranch

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Cadillac Ranch

Probably one of the best-known roadside attractions in the United States, Cadillac Ranch is truly one of a kind. A group of artists created the art installment in 1974, burying 10 Cadillac roadsters so only their rear ends stick out of the ground. These colorful cars are all slanted in a perfect row in Amarillo, Texas.


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If you want to see the wonder of Stonehenge, but don’t feel like traveling all the way to England, then stop in Topeka, Kansas at Truckhenge. The grassroots art exhibit features antique trucks and a bus half-buried in the ground, and was created by artist Ron Lessman. Along with Truckhenge, you can catch a more car-centered version at Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska.

VW Slug Bug Ranch

When you’re traveling down historic Route 66, then make sure you take the time to stop at the VW Slug Bug Ranch. Located in Conway, Texas, the Bug Ranch is the Cadillac Ranch for Volkswagen lovers. The VW Beetles are buried nose down, though, showing off the graffiti on their hoods.

Henry’s Rabbit Ranch

While Henry’s Rabbit Ranch in Staunton, Illinois isn’t exactly car-focused, it still has plenty of terrific cars to grab your attention. Rich Henry originally started the ranch when his daughter’s rabbits did what rabbits do and reproduced. Located on Route 66, this attraction has a Stonehenge-like area made entirely out of Volkswagen Rabbits. Other non-car-related attractions include a giant fiberglass jackrabbit and a rabbit graveyard where the ranch’s former residents are buried.

Picture: Mike Miller

Picture: Mike Miller

VW Beetle Spider

Make sure you avoid this attraction if you’re scared of spiders—but if you love VW Beetles then this should definitely be on your list. The VW Beetle Spider is located in Avoca, Iowa and hovers over the ground making for the perfect photo opportunity. Just don’t be around when the sun goes down—you never know if this spider will come to life!

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