When it comes to the best roadside attractions in the U.S., don’t mess with Texas. Yes, the rest of the country might have giant milk bottles, peanuts, and oil drillers or gorillas holding cars, but the Lone Star State has them beat and then some. See how we’ve ranked the Top 5 roadside attractions in Texas:
5 – It’s another man’s treasure: The Cathedral of Junk in Austin is a three-story monument to building materials – nearly every kind – and oddities. Like Dr. Who’s Tardis, visitors say it’s “bigger on the inside.”
4 – Hipp(o)est of all. Find Hutto, where 15,000 or so Texans live quietly about 22 miles from Austin, and you’ll find Henrietta, the largest of about 100 concrete hippos throughout the town. Why hippos? Urban legend says a hippo escaped a circus train at the town depot in 1915. The locals, amused by the efforts to recapture it, adopted hippos as the town mascot.
3 – Just the spot(s). In Beaumont, visitors flock to see the Dalmation Fire Hydrant – a 24-foot-tall black and white spotted structure made to look like a hydrant. It was donated by Disney to promote the 1999 re-release of the animated version of 101 Dalmations.
2 – European vacations without leaving the state? You can visit Stonehenge (in Odessa), the Eiffel Tower (in Paris, TX), and the Leaning (Water) Tower … of Groom. The Eiffel Tower, while 10 times shorter than the “other” one, is topped off with a red Stetson hat.
And the No. 1 top roadside attraction in Texas … the Huge Pair of Legs on Interstate 27 outside Amarillo, which probably would pair well with world’s largest cowboy boots in San Antonio. What makes the legs so special? It might be the only roadside attraction anywhere inspired by a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem, in this case Ozymandias. “Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”
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