Washington July 07, 2016
10 Bizarre Roadside Attractions In Washington That Will Make You Do A Double Take
Washington is home to some pretty weird attractions, many of which can easily be spotted while you’re just driving down the road. Keep an eye out for these 10 strange things around the state – they’ll definitely make you want to stop and look twice.
1. Rosie, Sekiu
How could you
not do a double take at a walking fish wearing a pink bra, skirt and tennis shoes?! This small town's mascot is named Rosie, and you can find her right next to the "Sekiu Welcomes You" sign along Highway 112, on the Olympic Peninsula.
2. Yard Birds, Chehalis
This recently restored structure next to the Yard Birds Mall is a local favorite. The massive 30-foot tall and 60-foot long bird sits on the west side of the shopping center, where you can find a variety of gifts from several different vendors.
3. Hat 'n' Boots, Seattle
Many Seattleites don't know about this country-themed attraction in Oxbow Park (in the Georgetown neighborhood). It had originally been built in 1954 as part of a Western-themed gas station.
4. Codger Pole, Colfax
Standing 65 feet tall in a small town by the Palouse region, this pole had been carved to commemorate a 1988 high school football rematch that was played 50 years after the first game, by the same players - who were all over 70 years old by that point. But even after all of those years, the team that originally lost was finally able to make their comeback.
5. Sharky's, Ocean Shores
Driving by, you might wonder why there's a giant shark coming out of this building. But if you go inside, there's an amazing shop to explore with a wide selection of gifts like t-shirts, hats, shot glasses and more. Located in Ocean Shores by the coast, their unique shark theme fits right in.
6. The Nutty Narrows Bridge, Longview
You may not be able to drive over
, but it is still pretty adorable to look at. Before it was built, squirrels had to avoid traffic by running across the street to eat their nuts at an office building, and then back again to a park filled with trees. After seeing too many squirrels not survive the trip, a local resident designed "The World's Narrowest Bridge" over Olympia Way by the Civic Center - with a total cost of only about $1,000.
7. World's Largest Radio Flyer Wagon, Spokane
This massive Radio Flyer Wagon is one of the most famous features in Riverfront Park. The 12-foot-high, 27-foot-long wagon was built in 1990, with 26 tons of steel and reinforced concrete, and the handle even doubles as a slide.
8. Bob's Java Jive, Tacoma
At first glance, you might think this is a good place to get coffee (and it was, when it was originally built back in 1927). Rather, the iconic building now serves as a small bar with excellent live music, beer and karaoke.
9. Wayside Chapel, Sultan
The Wayside Chapel is one of the cutest churches you'll ever see off the side of the road, along Highway 2. Located just west of Sultan, the tiny building only has enough room for about 8 people and a preacher. While you're driving, look out for their white sign reading, “Pause…Rest…Worship”.
The small chapel doesn't have any restroom facilities, but it is open to the public all day, every day.
10. Wild Horses Monument, Vantage
Also known as "Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies", this art sculpture is definitely one of the most seen public displays in our state. It consists of 15 life-size steel horses, galloping across a ridge above the Columbia River. It had originally been created as a gift for the 100 year anniversary of Washington's statehood, in honor of wild horses that once roamed the area.
And of course, you can’t forget about Marsh’s Free Museum, the “World’s Largest Frying Pan” and the Largest Spitting Clam over in
Have you seen any of these? What are some of your favorite roadside attractions in Washington?