Americana: 10 Food-Related Roadside Attractions Around the Country

  • The world's largest (inedible) pistachio can be found at McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
  • The world's largest 6-pack is made up of these beer tanks in La Crosse, WI. (Source)
  • The best time of year to visit the Mitchell Corn Palace, in South Dakota, is from June to mid-October. During this time, the exterior is decorated with murals constructed from corn and other grains. (Source)
  • Give the Jolly Green Giant a wave next time you drive through Blue Earth, MN. (Source)
  • Not only can you catch a movie at the Spud Drive In movie theater in Driggs, ID, you can also take a picture with the giant fake potato one the back of a truck. (Source)
  • The Peachoid, the world's largest peach-shaped water tower, can be seen along I-85 in South Carolina. (Source)
  • The Big Chicken is a landmark in Marietta, GA. It's also connected to a KFC restaurant. (Sourece)
  • An estimated 50,000 cans of beer adorn the appropriately-named Beer Can House in Houston, TX. (Source)
  • This giant catsup bottle is actually a water tower in Collinsville, IL.
  • The Jell-O museum, located in Le Roy, NY, contains more than you probably ever wanted to know about the gelatin dessert. (Source)

It’s almost summer, which means… road-trip season! While driving from state to state seeking out off-the-radar eats in small towns, don’t miss out on some of the other attractions along the way—namely, strange roadside landmarks inspired by food. After all, nothing screams Americana quite like a corn palace and the world’s largest six-pack?

Click through the above gallery for a cross-country sampling of some of the most bizarre roadside food-related attractions.

  • Go BIG or Go Home

    Fun list! We’ve visited a lot of “world’s largests” on our road trips, including the world’s largest apple in Winchester, VA and the world’s largest pancake griddle in Penn Yan, NY!

  • Lee

    This list would work brilliantly for Australia. Google The Big Banana.

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