2020 is officially the year of the road trip, so kick your summer blues, pack up the snacks and buckle up for our list of handpicked roadside signage destinations.
Plan out your classic Americana road trip with all the quirky or classic roadside signage attractions you can handle with a little help from our list below.
Experience a classic cruise with an all-american view of history. Spanning over 8 states and 3 time zones you’re sure to find a few new favorite spots along your cruise.
PIKE PLACE MARKET — SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
This well-known sign has a place in the heart of many Seattle’s Farmer’s Market lovers. As one of the United State’s oldest farmers’s markets it’s worth a drive to not just see the sign but the market itself.
WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS — LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
This sign is one of the most iconic state welcoming signs in the United States. Just one mile south of Mandalay Bay, the line for photos with the sign can sometimes last over an hour. The sign has become so popular it has had two replicas made and placed through Las Vegas.
DAIRY QUEEN — GRAFTON, WEST VIRGINIA
The only Dairy Queen in the country that still has the original branding with the Eskimo girl on it. DQ is a must have on any road trip, but this one is even more special.
HOOD MILK BOTTLE — BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
This roadside attraction is more of a concession stand than a sign but at 40 ft tall it’s definitely a photo-worthy stop (and a delicious one at that).
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH — LEWES, DELAWARE
This isn’t the most amazing sign but it’s quite the photo op. This quaint little stop in Delaware is a fun photo opp, recently restored in 2019, not only has it been painted but the spring has also recently been cleaned so clean water is available.
PEACHOID — GAFFNEY, SOUTH CAROLINA
This stop is just a water tower but it’s the world’s largest peach. The city, once a higher peach producer than Georgia, commissioned this sculpture to draw attention to that fact. At 135 feet tall, it’s joked to be the “emoji butt” in the sky or the “Moon over Gaffney.”
SOUTH OF THE BORDER — DILLON, SOUTH CAROLINA
The welcoming sign in Southern Carolina has a name and its Pedro. With a Mexican theme, this rest area seems a bit out of place but if you’re into intentionally “campy” and bizarre atmospheres it’s worth checking out.
HOLE N” THE ROCK — MOAB, UTAH
This “sign” is intentionally punctuated wrong as the owner who originally lived here created. Guided tours into this rock that was once a home (in the 1970’s) still exist, so not only can you see the it from the road but you can tour the old living quarters inside.
CABAZON DINOSAURS — CABAZON, CALIFORNIA
These guys aren’t signs per say but they are a fun roadside attraction that aim to direct people to the area. Originally created to bring more traffic to the nearby restaurant Dinny and Mr. Rex are now a famous attraction that still brings tourists in nationwide.
WALL DRUG — WALL, SOUTH DAKOTA
Back in the day, these signs made this small business the success it is today. The almost failed, but now famous “Wall Drug” paved their road to success with billboards along the highway that catered to those on long drives, emphasizing “Free Ice Water” or ” Hot Coffee 5 Cents”. Popular among those on their way to Mount Rushmore, these signs and the what the shop has become today is a top must-see road trip destination.
And, finally if you’re as big of a sign geek as we are, here are 2 bonus road trip signage destination hot spots that live and breathe iconic signage.
THE NEON MUSEUM — LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Find tickets, hours and more about The Neon Museum here.
AMERICAN SIGN MUSEUM — CINCINNATI, OHIO
Find tickets, hours and more about The American Sign Museum here.
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