Amusement park sculptor Claude Bell began building the enormous Cabazon Dinosaurs in 1964 to attract travelers to his restaurant outside Palm Springs. But it wasn’t long before the dinos became a destination in and of themselves. Over the years, the two largest, Dinny, the 150ft-long brontosaurus, and Mr. Rex, the 65ft-tall tyrannosaurus, have become part of pop culture history with roles in movies like 1985’s Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, 1989’s The Wizard and 2020’s Palm Springs. When new owners took over the property in the mid-1990s, the site also became home to a creationist museum that claims that the 'evolutionary origin of life is impossible' and that dinosaurs were created by God 6,000 years ago. It’s unclear whether Bell, who painted images of a 30,000-year-old Cro Magnon and the 400,000-year-old fossil of Java Man inside the belly of Dinny, would have appreciated the irony.
It should come as no surprise that the best roadside attractions in the US are a motley assortment of architectural marvels and ridiculous novelties including those that elevate condiments and vegetables to soaring heights. And if you've ever embarked on a lengthy road trip across the country, you'll know that the best break after a few hours sitting behind the wheel is indulging in a closer inspection of... the world's largest rocking chair (Fanning, Missouri) or the world's biggest Big Mac (North Huntingdon, PA). These are the quirkiest attractions across all 50 states; Make a trip to see the one nearest you, or connect them together for an epic road trip across this bizarre country.