The Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue in Plains, Georgia, was made in preparation for the former president's visit in 1976. This odd ode to our former leader is as bizarre as it gets. Apparently, it has seen better days since tourists have picked away at parts of it shell over the years. A shell of its former self, perhaps?
This nun doll museum in Indian River, Michigan, is famous for being the largest collection of dolls dressed in traditional religious costume in the entire country. The collection was started by a woman named Sally Rogalski, who aimed to "preserve a bit of the history of the Catholic Church." Admission is always free — if you're interested.
There is no better place to put an attraction for corn than Mitchell, South Dakota. This place definitely does the vegetable justice, and you can see the numerous corn murals or even purchase a few corny souvenirs on the way out. There is even a live-stream video of this attraction called the "corn cam" that you can access day or night — just in case your devotion is that strong.
The Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada, could be the scene of your worst nightmare. Located on an otherwise desolate highway, this place is a top attraction for many curious tourists passing through. Don't expect five-star accommodations, but the clown theme is a creepy enough touch!
The Cushing Brain Collection in New Haven, Connecticut, contains over 400 brain specimens on display. It is the work of renowned surgeon Dr. Harvey Cushing during the beginning of the 20th century, who dedicated his entire life to studying the brain and helping those diagnosed with brain tumors.
In case you miss the billion attraction signs for The Thing? on I-10 on your way from New Mexico to Dragoon, Arizona, this "mystery of the desert" might be worth a stop. Tourist trap? Quite possibly. But for a two dollar admission, it is worth trying to decipher.
The International Banana Museum in Mecca, California, is everything you would expect. This is no run-of-the-mill fruit stand, as you can find any banana-themed souvenir your little heart desires. Banana perfume, anyone?
The Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed and breakfast in Cottonwood, Idaho, that is literally a giant-sized beagle. It is known as "Sweet Willy" by the locals, and there is no need to explain why this is one of the state's most coveted landmarks. This is definitely a place to come sit and stay.
The Uranus Fudge Factory in Saint Robert, Missouri sounds anything but appetizing. Apparently, their fudge is simply amazing, so despite the name, they know how to do it right. As they cleverly say, "the best fudge comes from Uranus." Yikes.
Although the Teddy Bear Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, is now closed for good, we can all shed a tear at how unbelievably cute this concept is. This place even sported an Elvis-themed show to add to its peculiarity. RIP the greatest gathering of bears, besides a Grateful Dead concert.
No, you didn't just leave the country — you actually hit one of the most ridiculous (yet timeless) attractions along I-95. Dillion, South Carolina is home to "South of the Border," and they make sure you know it with the bazillion roadway signs counting the miles down until you get out of North Carolina and arrive. Stop for gas or a bite to eat, mi amigos!
The Christian Science Society of Dixon, Illinois, may have had good intentions during construction, but something definitely went awry. This church resembles something of the penile variety, which is probably not what God intended.
The Spider Bug in Lexington, Oklahoma, is the epitome of what a popular landmark should be. Arachnophobes beware: this monstrosity is over 15 feet tall. Built in June of 1979 by a man named Leroy Wilson, this creature keeps attracting road trippers everywhere.
The Mothman statue in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is based on an actual urban legend. It is based on a monster that apparently terrorized the town between 1966 and 1967. His legacy will live on forever through this bizarre shrine.
Whether you fancy "Carhenge" in Nebraska or the world's largest chicken wing in Florida, there is no shortage of bizarre and fascinating landmarks to discover across the country. GOD BLESS AMERICA. Road trip, anyone?