08/11/2014 09:48 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

5 Awesomely Unexpected Sights To See On Your Next Road Trip


Hitting the road before summer's end? Don't miss some of the country's zaniest pit stops.

By Zoe Donaldson

  • Leaning Tower Of Niles
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    Niles, Illinois
    In 1934, a local businessman built the Prairie State its own (smaller) lopsided landmark as a creative way to conceal unsightly water tanks and to pay respect to Italian astronomer Galileo. Bravo!
  • Dog Bark Park Inn B&B
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    Cottonwood, Idaho
    You can snooze inside a massive beagle, better known as Sweet Willy, at this ruff-ly 30-foot-tall bed-and-breakfast, the pet project of a chain-saw-artist couple who provide guests with freshly baked canine-shaped butter cookies.
  • The Paper House
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    Rockport, Massachusetts
    Aside from its wood roof, frame and floors, almost everything in this former summer getawaya desk, tables, chairsis crafted from varnished newspaper. Even the walls of the pulpy cottage are made of layered paper that's withstood rain and snow for 90 years.
  • Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue
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    Plains, Georgia
    In homage to the former commander in chief who grew up on a peanut farm near Plains, a larger-than-life legume was built in Carter's likeness, complete with toothy grin. Erected in the '70s during Carter's first presidential campaign, this Mr. Peanut has been the beneficiary of at least one reported facelift.
  • Foamhenge
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    Natural Bridge, Virginia
    A handy artist used Stonehenge's exact measurements to carve this delicate replica entirely from Styrofoam, painted the slabs to appear ancient and appropriately debuted the work to the public on April Fool's Day 2004.

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