places/travel The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.  

Jacob Shelton
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Before you fill up your tank and head out on Route 66, read this list of the most pointlessly large roadside attractions in the United States. A few years ago, it might have been fun to visit one of the weird roadside attractions. That was back when we didn’t mind wasting time on the world’s largest cedar bucket. Now we’re busy adults and stopping to look at a birdcage (or whatever) that’s proportionately larger than every other birdcage in the world just seems like a waste of time. Maybe even the World’s Biggest Waste of Time!

But everyone isn’t like us, and some communities make pretty good bank off their giant tourist attractions. Apparently people will drive to see the world’s largest bowling pin. Who knew?

Maybe we’re looking at this unnecessarily big roadside attractions all wrong, and there is some inherent wow factor in seeing a big pecan. Some hold world records, after all. If you’re screaming at your computer right now and saying, “YES! YES THERE IS, YOU DUMMY!” then you are going to absolutely love this list. You’ll want to study it and plan a road trip around it. If that’s the case, get your notebook out and start digging into this list of pointlessly large roadside attractions in America.

Vote up the most pointless of all the pointlessly large roadside attractions. And if you’ve been to any of these giant tourist traps, tell us about your experience in the comments. We’re especially curious about that gavel.
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World's Largest Santa Claus


World's Largest Santa Clau... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.
Photo: Chris Devers/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
"Ho Ho Ho! Welcome to North Pole, Alaska! I'll see you in your nightmares, kids!"
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World's Largest Kaleidoscope


World's Largest Kaleidosco... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.
Photo: hz536n/George Thomas/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
In Mount Tremper, New York, the world's largest kaleidoscope is housed in a grain silo. We'd prefer to have the grain. 
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World's Largest Wind Chime


World's Largest Wind Chime is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.
Photo: drewtarvin/flickr/CC-BY 2.0
Casey, Illinois is the home of the world's largest wind chime. No word yet on whether or not it's hanging on the patio of the world's largest grandma.
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World's Largest King Kong


World's Largest King Kong is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Pointlessly Large Roadside Attractions in the U.S.
Photo: I like/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
We don't know what to think about this giant King Kong in Beaver, Arkansas. Is it pointless? Yes. Do we really wish we could live in an apartment inside King Kong's head? Of course.