A drive in and around Pittsburgh is never boring. Anyone who has passed a giant acorn or an over-sized coffee pot can attest to that. Here are just 10 roadside attractions around Pittsburgh that will make you stop and do a double take.
1. Flying Saucer – Pittsburgh Street, Mars, PA 16046
Walk among Martians when you venture to Mars, just a half an hour outside of Pittsburgh, and snap selfies with the flying saucer that sits in the middle of town.
2. Turtle Twist – 1310 Nine-Eighty Road, Canonsburg, PA 15317
Beware of desperate ice cream cravings every time you pass Turtle Twist in Canonsburg. Fortunately, during the summer season, you can satisfy that craving by stopping at the giant ice cream cone for an ice cream sundae, an Italian ice,or custard.
3. Randyland – 1501 Arch Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
A spectacularly colorful and creative home sits among the buildings in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Randyland, the brainchild of Randy Gilson, invites guests to visit the creative masterpiece from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
4. The Giant Coffee Pot – West Pitt Street, Bedford, PA
Coffee lovers, imagine having an 18 foot coffee pot to start every day. Well, you might not be able to drink from it, but you certainly can visit the Giant Coffee Pot. Built in 1927, the roadside attraction once served as a restaurant but today it's merely the perfect spot to snap selfies.
5. Tim's Secret Treasures – 220 McKean Avenue, Charleroi, PA 15022
Step right up and greet the giant rooster that guards the entrance to Tim's Secret Treasures. After snapping photos of the friendly fella, head inside to the quaint shop that sells antique and vintage items.
6. Lugnutz Tire Service – 500 New Alexandria Road, Greensburg, PA 15601
Get pumped for the next Steelers game with a drive by Lugnutz Tire Service, where you'll be able to snap photos of the over-sized, fiberglass Steelers player.
7. Space Acorn – 5123 Water Street, Kecksburg, PA 15666
The Space Acorn in Kecksburg pays homage to the alleged crash landing of a space ship in that spot in 1965. Unsolved Mysteries filmed a story about the UFO legend in the 1990s, creating the replica space ship. Today, the space acorn is a popular roadside attraction.
8. Gravity Hill – 601 McKinney Road, Allison Park, PA 15101
Happen to be on McKinney Road when no one else is around? Stop your car and feel it roll upward on what's known as Gravity Hill. Some claim Gravity Hill is a mystery of science while others call it an optical illusion.
9. Big Mac Museum – 9061 Lincoln Highway, Irwin, PA 15642
The world can thank a Pennsylvania-native, Jim Delligatti, for the famous Big Mac. A franchisee in Uniontown, Delligatti sold his first Big Mac way back in 1968. The Big Mac Museum pays ode to the Big Mac and its creator.
10. Al, Mo, & Oh – 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Next time you're in the neighborhood, drive by the parking lot at the Children's Museum to catch a glimpse of the rare flying bass fish - Al, Mo, and Oh, short for Pittsburgh's Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. Where else in the city, after all, can you see flying fish?