4 Weird Roadside Attractions in Pennsylvania
The Keystone State is a great choice for a spring or summer road trip with your family. While acclaimed locations like Gettysburg National Military Park and Philadelphia Museum of Art are rewarding stops, don’t forget to include some more fun sites on your route. Here are four unusual locations to add to your Pennsylvanian road trip.
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One of Kecksburg’s kookiest attractions, the Space Acorn monument is a replica of a UFO that witnesses spotted in the area back in the 60s. The town even has an annual UFO festival to commemorate the alleged sighting. Though details for this year’s event have yet to be released, check out the Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department website in the days ahead for the latest updates.
Haines Shoe House
Head to Hallem to experience the eccentricity known as Haines Shoe House. The house’s unique shape makes a nifty photo op. Make sure to grab some coffee and try the ice cream treats the shop is known for. You can also purchase homemade peanut-butter fudge, cake balls, and other desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth as you continue on your travels.
If you’re craving an intriguing and slightly-spooky detour, Windber’s Trolley Graveyard should fit the bill. Retired civil engineer Ed Metka established the retired-trolley collection on a piece of land he purchased, as a way to preserve trolley transportation history. It’s best to contact Metka in advance of your visit to obtain permission before visiting. Also, the graveyard’s location is tricky to find, so be prepared for a bit of a hike if you decide to visit.
Harrisburg’s Statue of Liberty
While not as grand as New York‘s Statue of Liberty, Harrisburg’s modest replica of it is a fun stop to add to a road-trip. Harrisburg’s monument stands 25 feet tall in the middle of the Susquehanna River. The statue first appeared in 1986, though it was later destroyed. A replacement statue took its place in 1992. Pennsylvania lawyer, Gene Stlip, is credited with constructing the replica.