Have you even been walking or driving down the street, minding your own business, and all at once something super strange catches your eye? Maybe it’s a building, or a statue, but you’re transfixed and find yourself wondering “what in the world?” I think you might have that initial reaction with these twelve strange roadside attractions found in North Carolina.
1. Is that a double decker bus in Asheville?
Why yes it is, straight from the streets of London. Except this is no bus, it's now a cafe called Double D's that's actually quite popular and delicious!
2. Is that a brigade of roadside attractions clumped into one intimidating army?
Yes, and they're all found at Harry's Grill and Piggy's Ice in Hendersonville.
3. Is that...what I think it is?
Yes, this giant ode to Marilyn Monroe's legs are found proudly on display in Henderson. The prop was said to be used in the movie Patch Adams which was shot in Chapel Hill.
4. I wonder how many scrambled eggs you could make in that thing
The world's largest frying pan is found in Rose Hill. This popular roadside attraction is worth the stop...and double take.
5. Mugs on mugs on mugs
I sure do love mugs, but Avery Sisk has collected over 25,000 and now proudly displays them in his cabin. You can find this attraction in Colletsvllle off of Old Johns River Road.
6. Christmas in July?
Yes, it's always Christmas at Santa's Land Family Theme Park and Zoo in Cherokee.
7. Excuse me, what?
If you need a good kick in the butt, you can do it yourself at the Angus Barn kicking booth in Raleigh.
8. Au, Paris!
Fayetteville is not France, but you'll find this mini Eiffel Tower there!
9. Wake up, Jesus!
This homeless, sleeping Jesus statue is found in Davidson.
10. Literal acid trip, right?
Not really, Acid Park is said to be a dedication to "whirligigs." I say...sure. You can do your own double take in Wilson. I heard it's especially spooky at night.
11. They're just going to leave those trains there?
Yes, yes they are. After filming the famous train scene in the movie The Fugitive, they basically were like, "alright thats a wrap", and left the trains there. Today, fans enjoy visiting the site found in Dillsboro.
12. That's some neat art for barns that are in the middle of nowhere
The Cramer 'barnstormers' were recruited by native David Ellis to come and decorate this decaying tobacco town.