Seeing new things is the whole point of traveling. These roadside attractions all across Missouri are whimsical, unexpected and… strange. Come explore!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Mount Rushmoore with Fake Celebrity Heads – Branson, Mo.
This might be a replica of Mount Rushmore, but true to life it is not! Although fitting, since Branson is the entertainment capital of the state. Address: Address: 3030 W. Hwy 76, Branson, MO
2. Boathenge – Easley, Mo.
Who needs to go all the way to London to see Stonehenge when you can see a nautical replica right here in Missouri? Address: 8949 Smith Hatchery Rd, Easley, MO
3. World's Largest Man-Made Moon – St. Louis, Mo.
It's a moonlit night every night on Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis. This beauty sits atop the Moonrise Hotel. Address: 6177 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
4. The World's Largest 20th Century Pecan – Brunswick, Mo.
Pecan pie, anyone? Address: 119 W Broadway St, Brunswick, MO 65236
5. Metal Dinosaur - Centralia, Mo.
This dino made of scrapmetal won't bite. Address: 13200 Hwy T, Centralia, MO
6. The Awakening – Chesterfield, Mo.
Whimsical, and maybe just a little bit creepy. Either way, it's one to see. Address: 16150 Park Circle, Chesterfield, MO
7. George Washington Carver Talking Bust – Diamond, Mo.
The national monument to Carver features an outdoor bust of the scientist that recites a poem at the touch of a button. Address: 5646 Carver Rd, Diamond, MO 64840
8. World's Largest Rocking Chair – Cuba, Mo.
Can you believe larger-than-life attractions like this were a big draw to Route 66? Address: 5957 Highway Zz, Cuba, MO 65453
9. The Hall of Waters – Excelsior Springs, Mo.
This Art Deco temple is devoted to water's curative powers. It includes the world's largest water bar and stunning architecture. Address: 201 E. Broadway, Excelsior Springs, MO
10. JC Penney Museum – Hamilton, Mo.
Learn all about the history of the popular department store, whose founder grew up in Hamilton, Missouri. See a wax dummy of James Cash Penney, his desks, his Masonic sword and much more. Address: 312 N Davis St, Hamilton, MO 64644
11. Leila's Hair Museum – Independence, Mo.
View thousands of jewelry items and wreaths made with human hair. Address: 1333 S Noland Rd, Independence, MO 64055
12. Big Green Charlie Parker – Kansas City, Mo.
The jazz great grew up in Kansas City, so a memorial here to him makes sense. The green hue, maybe not so much. Address: E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO
13. Castle Northmoor – Kansas City, Mo.
This one-man castle was built in the early '80s. It contains oil paintings of knights and a spiral staircase. Address: NW 50th Tr., Kansas City, MO
14. Human Nervous System – Kirksville, Mo.
Head to A.T. Still University's Museum of Osteopathic Medicine to see a human nervous system from a real corpse. Address: 800 W. Jefferson St., Kirksville, MO
15. Grave of Jim the Wonder Dog – Marshall, Mo.
In this small town, an entire park is dedicated to Jim the Wonder Dog, who reportedly had magical powers. One (crazy?) group claimed he was a reincarnation of King Solomon from the Bible. Address: Lafayette Ave., Marshall, MO
16. Ralph Foster Museum – Point Lookout, Mo.
Located on the campus of the College of the Ozarks, this museum includes a 1921 Oldsmobile 41 Roadster, which was used in the original Beverly Hillbillies. Address: 100 Opportunity Ave, Hollister, MO 65672