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Fun Things to Stop and See on a Road Trip

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By Madeline Klein on May 21, 2020 in travel

Interestingly enough, there are a TON of unusual things to stop and see on a road trip. There’s the World’s Largest Brick in Montgomery, Alabama and Hole N’ The Rock in Moab, Utah.

To save you from reading all day (although that would be an entertaining read), we’ve focused on the most unique places to visit in our Say states. Let’s motor!

Colorado

Four Corners – Okay, this one is pretty neat. There’s a monument where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah connect. If you’re strategic, you can stand in four states at the same time!

Linger – In Denver, Colorado you can find this multi-cultural restaurant that was once Olinger mortuary. While your first thought might be “creepy,” it’s actually a stylish room with an open concept that serves small plates from regions across the globe. We promise—no claustrophobia here!

Bishop Castle – Have you ever wanted to build a castle? And no, we’re not talking sandcastles! Jim Bishop, alone, built an incredible stone and iron castle over the course of 60 years. It’s three full stories and always open to the public free of charge!

Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles – Built to conceal a water tower, this Leaning Tower of Pisa replica lives in Ilgair Park. While only half the size of the original, it stands proud at 94 feet tall, 28 feet wide, and has a lean of 7.4 feet! Go check out Robert Ilg’s creative vision in Niles, Illinois!

World’s Largest Windchime – Casey, IL deserves its motto of “Big Things in a Small Town” because it houses not only the World’s Largest Windchime but also the World’s Largest Knitting Needles. You can ring these larger-than-life windchimes yourself if you add this stop to your next road trip!

Kansas

Center of the United States – The geographic center of the United States is near Lebanon, Kansas. The heart of the U.S.; dare we say? This would be the perfect pit stop. Take a few pictures with the sign and be on your merry way!

Largest Collection of the Smallest Versions of the Largest Things – In Lucas, Kansas there is The World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things. Whoa, that’s a mouthful. The locals call it WLCoWSVoWLT, so be sure to use this lingo and blend in when you stop by. Fair warning, it’s not always open but you can always peek in the windows, which would make for a quicker stop anyway!

Truckhenge – This is exactly what it sounds like…Stonehenge BUT trucks! Topeka, Kansas is the home of 6 antique trucks strategically placed to look like they are poking out of the ground. Ron Lessman, the artist, sure had a creative vision when he dreamed this into reality. Be sure to check it out!

Missouri

Giant Bookshelf – Passing through Kansas City, Missouri? Take a slight detour to downtown for a few reasons. One, it’s a beautiful and scenic downtown you won’t want to miss. Two, the Kansas City public library has a giant bookshelf on the side of the parking garage. The bookshelf features 22 books, voted on by community members, including “The Lord of the Rings” and “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Built to make the parking structure more aesthetic, it also doubles as a great stop on a road trip!

Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins – It’s story time. Robert Snyder, a businessman in Missouri, dreamed of building a European-style mansion on his recently purchased 5,000 acres of land. His vision was so important, he worked with stone masons from Europe to ensure the style was just right. His sons continued building when Snyder passed. Once complete, the sons lived here until they ran out of money and the mansion became a hotel which was ultimately destroyed in a fire. Since then, Missouri purchased the property and is working to preserve the mansion as a part of the Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Explore the castle ruins and take a moment to imagine what the mansion looked like back in the day!

Tennessee

Cast Iron Cookware Man – In South Pittsburg, Tennessee is a man created out of cast iron cookware! His closest friends call him “Pan Man.” He’s located outside of the Lodge Factory Store, so if you have time you can venture in and find some bargains! If you want to branch out and explore South Pittsburg, grab a bite to eat! Perfect way to stop during a road trip -- two birds, one stone!

The Evil Dead Cabin – Any original Evil Dead fans out there? If you find yourself driving through Morristown, Tennessee, you can stop and see the cabin where the movie was shot! Quick Note, you will want to stay in your car and look from the road because this is now private property.

While you’re planning your next road trip, double-check to see if any of these fun stops are on your route. Even a slight detour would be worth it to see the World’s Largest Windchime!

Madeline Klein is Say's Digital Content Producer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her experience is in writing and digitial media. Madeline loves using her creativity to write and design new and exciting pieces of work for Say!

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