The Quirkiest Roadside Attractions to Visit With Fido

Posted by Lauren Barker

Before you set off on your next road trip with Fido, consider making the most of your pit stops along the way. From quirky photo ops to unique experiences, these off-the-wall roadside attractions across the U.S. will give your pup a chance to stretch his legs and provide some memorable moments for his Instagram.

Cadillac Ranch

Amarillo, TX
Photo by BringFido/Alibi

Travel along Route 66 through the southern U.S. and you’re likely to come across a slew of unique and eye-catching attractions. The most well-known, perhaps, is Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX, located just off Interstate 40. Ten old Cadillacs are lined up, buried nose-first in a dirt pasture and covered with the artistic contributions of fellow travelers. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you for this unique photo op. Bring a can of spray paint, or find one left behind, and leave Fido’s name on the hood of a 1949 Club Sedan.

Cadillac Ranch is open from dawn to dusk and is free to visit.

After Fido has left his mark at Cadillac Ranch, rest up at Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Amarillo I-40 West.

Trees of Mystery and SkyTrail

Klamath, CA
Who needs an ox when you can have a dog? Photo by @dogbonezone

Drive along Highway 101 in Northern California and you’ll instantly feel small. Redwood trees, the tallest living things on the planet, tower overhead and swallow you in their shadows. It’s only fitting that among these majestic giants lives a man large enough to chop one down! Paul Bunyan, the huge lumberjack of American folklore and Babe, his trusty blue ox, reside at Trees of Mystery and SkyTrail in Klamath, CA. Your pup can pose next to them for his photo and then join you on a ride through the treetops on the SkyTrail gondola. Dogs are even welcome in the buildings and gift shop.

Photos with Paul and Babe are free and can be snapped at any time. The SkyTrail is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the SkyTrail and walking trails is $25 for adults and dogs are welcome for no additional fee.

Pups can also visit Paul Bunyan and Babe on the shore of Lake Bemidji in Bemidji, MN.

See the ocean and hear the waves crashing ashore at this pet-friendly Sea Escape Oceanside Lodging rental in Klamath.

Wall Drug

Wall, SD
A giant Jackelope can be spotted in Wall, SD! Photo by @lucyloutherescuedog

When passing through South Dakota on Interstate 90, make a pit stop in the town of Wall and stock up on all your road trip essentials, souvenirs and gifts at Wall Drug. What started as a simple drug store in 1931 is today a shopping plaza and tourist attraction. Best of all, it’s the perfect opportunity for Fido to get his photo with an oversized Jackelope! Don't miss this Instagrammable opportunity, as you’re not likely to spot these mythical creatures in the wild. While you’re here, grab lunch at one of the outdoor picnic tables, shop for local art and Native American jewelry, and tour the Apothecary Shop and Pharmacy Museum. Just keep dogs out of the cafe and fudge shop. Wall Drug is also famously known for its free ice water, so make sure your pup hydrates.

Wall Drug is open daily and is free to visit.

After you’ve stocked up on your souvenirs, spend the evening at Best Western Plains Motel.

Salvation Mountain

Niland, CA
“Does that say ‘Dog is Love?’” Photo by @finnbodey

In California’s central desert stands a 50-foot hill, brightly painted and made entirely of adobe clay, known as Salvation Mountain. This work of art, located off Highway 111 in the town of Niland, was created as a tribute to God and His gift to the world by local artist and visionary Leonard Knight. Knight’s message is portrayed on the most prominent piece of the mound and states simply, “God is Love.” Birds, waterfalls, flowers, trees and even the American flag are also depicted on this incredible roadside attraction. Dogs can join you on a climb to the top of the hill, explore each turn and crevice and notice something new at every angle. The colorful photo opportunities for your pooch are endless! While you’re in Niland, find more unique sights like up-close views of the Salton Sea and the Ruins of Bombay Beach, a quirky ghost town.

Salvation Mountain is open daily from dawn to dusk and is free to visit.

Step out of the desert heat and into the cool confines of Stanlunds Inn and Suites in Borrego Springs.

“Did someone say we’re going for a ride?” Photo by @partiyorkiearchie

In the corner of Northwest Nebraska, off Highway 87 in the sandhills lies an ancient burial ground. Thirty-nine classic cars have met their fate at this roadside attraction built to resemble Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. Carhenge in Alliance, NE actually matches the physical size and placement of the stones of the prehistoric monument. Originally built in 1987, Carhenge is now part of the larger Car Art Preserve, which features other unique works of art as well. Dogs are welcome to explore the grounds with you, of course stopping frequently to pose for photos.

Carhenge is open every day during daylight hours and is free to visit, but donations are appreciated.

Enjoy a quiet evening in the town of Alliance at this two-bedroom home with a fenced-in backyard for Fido and all the essentials you’ll need for a relaxing stay.

World’s Largest Ball of Twine

Cawker City, KS
“Are you going to throw it? I’m waiting.” Photo by @indy_and_raven

It really does exist! Take Fido on a drive up Highway 29 to Cawker City, KS. Once you’re there, stroll through town, following the twine trails painted on the city sidewalks. These lead from the World’s Largest Ball of Twine to shops and other businesses throughout the city. The ball was started in 1953 by a local man who was simply saving unused twine, but it’s still growing today. Currently, it tips the scales at 13 tons and includes over eight million feet of twine. Each year the city holds a Twine-A-Thon for visitors and locals to add their own piece of twine to the historic monument. There’s even a parade to celebrate the town’s claim to fame. Unfortunately, this ball doesn’t move, so there’ll be no games of fetch.

The World’s Largest Ball of Twine can be viewed at any time and is free to visit.

Once you’ve snapped photos and contributed your twine, head south to Fossil Creek Hotel and Suites in nearby Russell.

Cabazon Dinosaurs

Cabazon, CA
Fido can make friends with Dinny the Apatosaurus. Photo by @mr.mochi1

Travel back to the Jurrasic period at Exit 106 on Interstate 10 in Cabazon, CA. The Cabazon Dinosaurs are one of California’s most iconic roadside attractions. More than 50 lifelike dinosaurs loom over the grounds, some with robotics. Your leashed and carried pooch can get his photo with Dinny the Apatosaurus or, if he’s really brave, Mr. Rex himself. Humans can climb all the way into the Tyrannosaur’s mouth. You can also visit the dinosaur gift shop, dig for fossils or pan for gems. Tours are self-guided so take your time and enjoy this beloved tribute to a prehistoric era.

Cabazon Dinosaurs is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and dogs are welcome free of charge.

Desert Hot Springs Inn is a dream come true for dogs and those who love them. Fido will have a ball at the on-site dog park.

World’s Only Corn Palace

Mitchell, SD
Photo by BringFido/Andi

The World’s Only Corn Palace can be found at the corner of Interstate 90 and Highway 37 in the South Dakota town of Mitchell. This multi-purpose arena attracts over 500,000 visitors annually because of its murals made entirely of corn. For more than a century, the Corn Palace has been an icon where locals and tourists alike celebrate the Midwest’s agricultural traditions. Each year it gets a makeover with a new theme and new designs made of naturally colored corn, grains and grasses. Dogs are welcome inside and outside for photo ops. There’s a grassy area with a waste station on the premises, too.

The World’s Only Corn Palace is open year round and is free to visit. Public tours are given from Memorial Day through August and are free of charge.

You’ll feel right at home when you stay with Fido at Hampton Inn Mitchell.

Seven Magic Mountains

Las Vegas, NV
Seven Magic Mountains is the pawfect spot for Fido to stretch his legs. Photo by @hoff_life

As you approach the lights of Las Vegas on Interstate 15 in Nevada, you’ll spot seven brightly colored rock totems standing tall in the desert. They’re the Seven Magic Mountains, a public art installation by renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The attraction was originally scheduled to dot the landscape for two years but its popularity has extended its stay indefinitely. These DayGlo boulders won’t require any filters for Fido’s Instagram!

The exhibit is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is free to visit.

Stay at Hyatt Place Las Vegas at Silverton Village. You’ll be removed from the frenzied pace of the strip but still close enough to take in all the excitement.

Big Things in a Small Town

Casey, IL
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If the World’s Largest Ball of Twine sparked Fido’s desire to see more gigantic objects, head directly east on Interstate 70 to Casey, IL. This small town is known for its Big Things. Bring your pup along to stand in the shadows of the world’s largest wind chime, golf tee, mailbox, rocking chair and more! Almost all of the attractions are located outdoors and within walking distance of the town’s only stop light, making it easy to park and explore.

If you need more than one day to see all these super-sized objects, spend the night at Days Inn and Suites Casey.

What's the quirkiest road side attraction you've visited with your pup? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!