Signs of the Road

Check out some of our favorite quirky signs you might encounter on your next road trip.

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Near miss passing lane
Near miss passing lane

Near miss passing lane

Truck driver Al Jones travels the dangerous Route 52 in West Virginia. He has a scare when he almost hits a tractor trailer on Horsepen Mountain. 960 1280

  

Coal truck accident 2

Coal truck accident 2

Other coal truck drivers aren't as lucky as Al and end up jackknifing. 960 1280

  

Jeep at extreme angle

Jeep at extreme angle

On the Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, off-road enthusiasts try to take on massive boulders. 960 1280

  

El Dorado County Search and Rescue Team

El Dorado County Search and Rescue Team

El Dorado County Search & Rescue Team is sometimes called in to rescue stuck vehicles. 960 1280

  

stranded vehicle in the challenging granite ravine called Little Sluice

stranded vehicle in the challenging granite ravine called Little Sluice

The rescue team tries to help a stranded vehicle in the challenging granite ravine called Little Sluice. 960 1280

  

the crew near a dam spill way

the crew near a dam spill way

The crew sets up for a scene near a dam spill way. 960 1280

  

a smushed turtle on the side of the road

a smushed turtle on the side of the road

In Florida there is a war on the roads ... wildlife vs. vehicle. Highway 27 near Tallahassee, FL, was not so kind to this turtle. 960 1280

  

Biologist Matt Aresco with a python

Biologist Matt Aresco with a python

Python hunter Edward Mercer is concerned about the safety of those who travel the road ... humans and animals. 960 1280

  

turtles traveling on a eco-passage

turtles traveling on a eco-passage

Thanks to Matt and concerned citizens, an "eco-passage" has been built to help protect the wildlife. Here, a family of turtles, takes advantage of the trail. 960 1280

  

Raccoon roadkill

Raccoon roadkill

South of Tallahassee is the Tamiami Trail which is even wilder. This poor raccoon was not so lucky. 960 1280

  

Stranded jeep in the snow

Stranded jeep in the snow

At Glacier National Park, crews have to rescue stranded vehicles from snow banks. They had more than 80 feet of snow during their last season. 960 1280

  

Snow plows clearing the roads

Snow plows clearing the roads

It takes months for snow plows to clear out all the snow that the park gets during the winter. 960 1280

  

Plows at Glacier National Park

Plows at Glacier National Park

The plows work hard to clear the roads but one avalanche after another brings their progress to a crawl. 960 1280

  

snow-capped mountains in Glacier National Park

snow-capped mountains in Glacier National Park

A cameraman gets a shot of snow-capped mountains from a road overlook. 960 1280

  

Highway One and Big Sur

Highway One and Big Sur

In California, Highway 1 provides scenic views of Big Sur and the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

  

seals on the beach

seals on the beach

After a long day of navigating the roads, you sometimes need a rest. These seals have got it right! 960 1280

  

Landslide on Highway One

Landslide on Highway One

Highway 1 has landslides that can close parts of the road for weeks at a time. 960 1280

  

Biker Bill Mannschreck

Biker Bill Mannschreck

Retired pediatrician Bill Mannschreck has climbed the 18-mile Spiral Highway in northwest Idaho more than 100 times. The road has 64 twists and turns. 960 1280

  

Washington Pass, high

Washington Pass, high

Thrill-seekers love Washington Pass, high atop Route 20 in the Cascade Mountains. The pass is only open 6 months out ofd the year due to its hairpin turns and steep climbs. 960 1280

  

Motorcycle riders on The Dragon
Motorcycle riders on The Dragon

Motorcycle riders on The Dragon

In the Smoky Mountains, near the North Carolina-Tennessee border, lies a black-top beast known as The Dragon. It attracts motorcycle riders from all over. 960 1280

  

Motorcycle wipe out on The Dragon

Motorcycle wipe out on The Dragon

The road has so many hairpin turns that it is easy to wipe out with one wrong move. 960 1280

  

Golf cart on the Overseas Highway

Golf cart on the Overseas Highway

The Overseas Highway connects the Florida Keys to the rest of the outside world. While it may be a long journey to get to things like a grocery store, life along the highway is certainly unique. 960 1280

  

Route 4 is a major east-west road in Vermont

Route 4 is a major east-west road in Vermont

Route 4 is a major east-west road in Vermont. Locals, tourists and commercial truckers all travel this thoroughfare. 960 1280

  

Hurricane Irene damage on Route 4

Hurricane Irene damage on Route 4

Hurricane Irene dropped 11 inches of rain in 12 hours, leaving much of Route 4 washed away. Residents had to flee quickly while there was still a road to travel on. 960 1280

  

Jeep off-roading in West Virginia

Jeep off-roading in West Virginia

This off-road trail in West Virginia is one of the toughest in the South to traverse. 960 1280

  

Appalachian road

Appalachian road

This old Appalachian road is muddy and wet. It takes teamwork to make it through. 960 1280

  

US 71 in Southeast Missouri

US 71 in Southeast Missouri

US 71 in southeast Missouri IS Tornado Alley. When a tornado hit Joplin, MO, in May 2011, many truckers faced their worst nightmare of driving into the storm. Many trucks couldn't handle it. 960 1280

  

Accidents on Route 71

Accidents on Route 71

Major accidents occurred along US 71 that drivers were lucky to survive. 960 1280

  

Diamond Creek Road in the Grand Canyon

Diamond Creek Road in the Grand Canyon

In the Grand Canyon, Diamond Creek Road is the only path to drive from rim to river. The rocky terrain sometimes leads to busted car windshields. 960 1280

  

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park trail

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park trail

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's rocky and narrow canyon walls don't allow for vehicles. And did we mention the flash floods that wash out the roads? 960 1280

  

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The views of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are amazing. 960 1280

  

Route 9 in the North Georgia mountains

Route 9 in the North Georgia mountains

Route 9 in the North Georgia mountains, is one of the most famous roads in US history. It is known as Thunder Road. Local David Sosebee loves to relive the glory days of bootleggers transporting moonshine in their Fords. 960 1280

  

Death Valley Highway in Nevada

Death Valley Highway in Nevada

Death Valley Highway in Nevada can be a lonely road. It is famous for hosting inexplicable phenomena. 960 1280

  

The Extraterrestrial Highway

The Extraterrestrial Highway

The Extraterrestrial Highway gets its nickname because of the strange aberrations that occur there. 960 1280

  

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Cabazon Dinosaurs (Interstate 10 - Cabazon, CA)

Cabazon Dinosaurs (Interstate 10 - Cabazon, CA)

Don't be surprised to see a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex perched alongside the road while driving on Interstate 10 in Cabazon, CA. Visitors can climb to the top of the dinosaur for a close-up view of its teeth. Make a pit stop to pick up souvenirs at the museum shop, located inside Ms. Dinny, a 150-ton Apatosaurus, considered the largest concrete dino in the world. 960 1280

Dan Eckert, flickr  

General Sherman Tree (Generals Highway - Sequoia National Park, CA)

General Sherman Tree (Generals Highway - Sequoia National Park, CA)

James Wolverton, a naturalist who served among General William Tecumseh Sherman's troops, named this sequoia tree after the Civil War general in 1879. According to the US Department of the Interior, it is the largest tree by volume, standing 275 feet and 52,000 cubic feet. Nature lovers can appreciate the beauty of this tree by taking Generals Highway, located off US Highways 180 and 198 in southeastern California. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Randy's Donuts (805 W Manchester Blvd. - Inglewood, CA)

Randy's Donuts (805 W Manchester Blvd. - Inglewood, CA)

Visitors should add this roadside attraction to their travel plans. In Inglewood, CA, near the Los Angeles International Airport, stands the famous Randy's Donuts. The donut-shaped façade of this landmark building is just as popular as the tasty pastries made inside this 24-hour bakery. Located on the corner of West Manchester Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard near Interstate 405, the giant donut -- built in 1953 -- has been featured in videos and movies like 2012, Iron Man 2 and Get Shorty. 960 1280

Extra Medium, flickr  

The Catsup Bottle (800 South Morrison Ave - Collinsville, IL)

The Catsup Bottle (800 South Morrison Ave - Collinsville, IL)

The world's largest bottle of ketchup remains in Collinsville, IL, even after the bottlers of Brooks Rich & Tangy Ketchup left town in the 1970s. This 170-foot-tall water tower was built in 1949 for the G.S. Suppiger ketchup-bottling plant, the bottlers of Brooks. The bottle reads "catsup" after the original Brooks bottle. Plan your road trip in July and attend the annual Catsup Bottle Festival, featuring a hot-dog-eating contest, ketchup tasting and crowning of Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup. 960 1280

Mark Williamson, Getty Images  

Lenny, The Chocolate Moose (419 US Highway 1 - Scarborough, ME)

Lenny, The Chocolate Moose (419 US Highway 1 - Scarborough, ME)

Meet Lenny, the world's only life-size moose made of 1,700 pounds of creamy milk chocolate. Located in Scarborough, ME, Lenny draws tourists to Len Libby Candies, a store that sells handcrafted chocolate and ice cream just south of Portland. 960 1280

Patti Gravel, flickr  

Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox (300 Bemidji Ave - Bemidji, MN)

Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox (300 Bemidji Ave - Bemidji, MN)

Eastman Kodak recognized lumberjack Paul Bunyan, along with his trusty sidekick Babe the Blue Ox, as the 2nd most photographed icons in the nation. These oversized, mythical characters stand high above the shore of Lake Bemidji, near the Tourist Information Center in Bemidji, MN. Road trippers can also see other versions of the colossal statues in Bangor, ME; Portland, OR, and Klamath, CA. 960 1280

two stout monks, flickr  

Jolly Green Giant (Interstate 90 - Blue Earth, MN)

Jolly Green Giant (Interstate 90 - Blue Earth, MN)

This 55-foot-tall Jolly Green Giant is a must-see if you're planning a road trip from Minneapolis to Iowa. Visit the town of Blue Earth, MN, to see this roadside attraction, built in 1978 to commemorate the completion of nearby Interstate 90. The vegetable company gave the town permission to use its symbol as long as the townspeople provided 100% of the funds to build it. 960 1280

William Koplitz, Getty Images  

Carhenge (Highway 87 - Alliance, NE)

Carhenge (Highway 87 - Alliance, NE)

Just north of Alliance, NE, on Highway 87, road trippers should keep an eye out for Carhenge. In 1987, artist Jim Reinders created this replica of the UK's Stonehenge using 38 automobiles placed in a circle measuring approximately 96 feet in diameter. Additional, smaller sculptures have been created at the site, known as the Car Art Reserve. 960 1280

Kevin Staff, flickr  

World's Largest Ball of Stamps (Flanagan Boulevard - Boys Town, NE)

World's Largest Ball of Stamps (Flanagan Boulevard - Boys Town, NE)

See the world's largest ball of stamps on Flanagan Boulevard in Boys Town, NE. The Boys Town Stamp Collecting Club started collecting stamps in 1953 to create this oversized sphere that today measures 32 inches in diameter, weighs 600 pounds and contains almost 5 million canceled stamps. The Ball reached its current size in 1955, and was featured in the syndicated newspaper column, "Ripley's Believe It Or Not." 960 1280

Laurence Pearlman © 2013  

Lucy the Elephant (9200 Atlantic Ave - Margate, NJ)

Lucy the Elephant (9200 Atlantic Ave - Margate, NJ)

In Margate, NJ, locals and visitors can climb a spiral staircase into the howdah, or bed, atop Lucy the Elephant. From this perch, it's possible to see views of Margate, NJ, the Atlantic City skyline and Atlantic Ocean. This 130-year-old, 65-foot pachyderm -- located along the beach in Josephine Herron Park -- has on-site, outdoor picnic tables, so pack a lunch. 960 1280

Aneese, Getty Images  

World's Largest Pistachio Nut (7320 US Hwy 54-70 - Alamogordo, NM)

World's Largest Pistachio Nut (7320 US Hwy 54-70 - Alamogordo, NM)

One of the more recently built roadside attractions is the World's Largest Pistachio Nut in Alamogordo, NM. Built in 2009, this 30-foot-tall nut was dedicated to the owner of McGinn's Pistachio Tree Farm (aka PistachioLand), who, according to locals, was a big fan of roadside attractions. It's worth a detour. 960 1280

The Flippers, flickr  

The Shoe Tree (US 50 - Middlegate, NV)

The Shoe Tree (US 50 - Middlegate, NV)

Take a break from driving to see this cottonwood tree just off US 50 -- also known as the "loneliest road in America" -- in Middlegate, NV. Tourists and locals drape footwear on the branches of the Shoe Tree. 960 1280

LeeAnne Adams, flickr  

Enchanted Highway (Regent, ND, to Gladstone, ND)

Enchanted Highway (Regent, ND, to Gladstone, ND)

See local artist Gary Greff's collection of the world's largest scrap metal sculptures along the Enchanted Highway, a 32-mile stretch of road between Regent and Gladstone, ND. Some of the sculptures have picnic shelters where travelers can stop for lunch, or weary drivers can check in at Gary's motel in Regent, The Enchanted Castle. 960 1280

J24L, flickr  

Golden Driller (East 21 St. - Tulsa, OK)

Golden Driller (East 21 St. - Tulsa, OK)

Planning a road trip near or through Tulsa, OK? Check out the Golden Driller, a 76-foot-tall, 22-ton concrete and iron rendering of a man. The statue was erected in 1953 to celebrate Tulsa's good fortune as entrepreneurs rushed to capitalize on the growing number of oil fields in the area. Built to withstand a 200-mph tornado, this roadside attraction was declared Oklahoma's official state monument in 1979. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Dinosaur Park (940 Skyline Drive - Rapid City, SD)

Dinosaur Park (940 Skyline Drive - Rapid City, SD)

This isn't your regular Jurassic Park! Head to Dinosaur Park if you're traveling near Rapid City, SD. This 75-year-old outdoor park is full of dino statues that project a decidedly 1930s'-era understanding of these creatures. Dinosaur Park is located on Skyline Drive and is almost as popular an attraction as nearby Mount Rushmore. 960 1280

Paul Weimer, flickr  

Cadillac Ranch (Interstate 40 - Amarillo, TX)

Cadillac Ranch (Interstate 40 - Amarillo, TX)

Created in 1974 by a group of artists called the Ant Farm, this graffiti-splattered homage to Cadillacs represents the car's evolution from 1949 to 1963. Travelers along Interstate 40, near Amarillo, TX, can see Cadillac Ranch from the road. 960 1280

waxhawian, flickr  

The Beer Can House (222 Malone St. - Houston, TX)

The Beer Can House (222 Malone St. - Houston, TX)

In 1968, John Milkovisch, a retired upholsterer for the Southern Pacific Railroad covered his house with aluminum siding made entirely of 50,000 flattened beer cans, bottles and other beer paraphernalia. Locals and visitors can visit this artsy house located on 222 Malone Street in Houston, TX. 960 1280

  

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park (Wisconsin 13 - Phillips, WI)

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park (Wisconsin 13 - Phillips, WI)

In Phillips, WI, artist Fred Smith created more than 200 concrete sculptures, scattered across 3.5 acres of this 16-acre small-town park. After Fred's death in 1976, the Kohler Foundation spearheaded the park's restoration and turned over control of the park to Price County, to be used as a public art park. 960 1280

Steve Mays, flickr  

Foamhenge (South Lee Highway - Natural Bridge, Virginia)

Foamhenge (South Lee Highway - Natural Bridge, Virginia)

Travelers visiting the Natural Bridge in Virginia should also pay a visit to its neighbor, a full-size, Styrofoam replica of the UK's Stonehenge. In 2004, American artist and entertainer Mark Cline built Foamhenge on a hillside in the Shenandoah Valley. 960 1280

Alun Salt, flickr  

Near miss passing lane

Near miss passing lane

Truck driver Al Jones travels the dangerous Route 52 in West Virginia. He has a scare when he almost hits a tractor trailer on Horsepen Mountain. 960 1280

  

Coal truck accident 2

Coal truck accident 2

Other coal truck drivers aren't as lucky as Al and end up jackknifing. 960 1280

  

Jeep at extreme angle

Jeep at extreme angle

On the Rubicon Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, off-road enthusiasts try to take on massive boulders. 960 1280

  

El Dorado County Search and Rescue Team

El Dorado County Search and Rescue Team

El Dorado County Search & Rescue Team is sometimes called in to rescue stuck vehicles. 960 1280

  

stranded vehicle in the challenging granite ravine called Little Sluice

stranded vehicle in the challenging granite ravine called Little Sluice

The rescue team tries to help a stranded vehicle in the challenging granite ravine called Little Sluice. 960 1280

  

the crew near a dam spill way

the crew near a dam spill way

The crew sets up for a scene near a dam spill way. 960 1280

  

a smushed turtle on the side of the road

a smushed turtle on the side of the road

In Florida there is a war on the roads ... wildlife vs. vehicle. Highway 27 near Tallahassee, FL, was not so kind to this turtle. 960 1280

  

Biologist Matt Aresco with a python

Biologist Matt Aresco with a python

Python hunter Edward Mercer is concerned about the safety of those who travel the road ... humans and animals. 960 1280

  

turtles traveling on a eco-passage

turtles traveling on a eco-passage

Thanks to Matt and concerned citizens, an "eco-passage" has been built to help protect the wildlife. Here, a family of turtles, takes advantage of the trail. 960 1280

  

Raccoon roadkill

Raccoon roadkill

South of Tallahassee is the Tamiami Trail which is even wilder. This poor raccoon was not so lucky. 960 1280

  

Stranded jeep in the snow

Stranded jeep in the snow

At Glacier National Park, crews have to rescue stranded vehicles from snow banks. They had more than 80 feet of snow during their last season. 960 1280

  

Snow plows clearing the roads

Snow plows clearing the roads

It takes months for snow plows to clear out all the snow that the park gets during the winter. 960 1280

  

Plows at Glacier National Park

Plows at Glacier National Park

The plows work hard to clear the roads but one avalanche after another brings their progress to a crawl. 960 1280

  

snow-capped mountains in Glacier National Park

snow-capped mountains in Glacier National Park

A cameraman gets a shot of snow-capped mountains from a road overlook. 960 1280

  

Highway One and Big Sur

Highway One and Big Sur

In California, Highway 1 provides scenic views of Big Sur and the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

  

seals on the beach

seals on the beach

After a long day of navigating the roads, you sometimes need a rest. These seals have got it right! 960 1280

  

Landslide on Highway One

Landslide on Highway One

Highway 1 has landslides that can close parts of the road for weeks at a time. 960 1280

  

Biker Bill Mannschreck

Biker Bill Mannschreck

Retired pediatrician Bill Mannschreck has climbed the 18-mile Spiral Highway in northwest Idaho more than 100 times. The road has 64 twists and turns. 960 1280

  

Washington Pass, high

Washington Pass, high

Thrill-seekers love Washington Pass, high atop Route 20 in the Cascade Mountains. The pass is only open 6 months out ofd the year due to its hairpin turns and steep climbs. 960 1280

  

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Motorcycle riders on The Dragon

Motorcycle riders on The Dragon

In the Smoky Mountains, near the North Carolina-Tennessee border, lies a black-top beast known as The Dragon. It attracts motorcycle riders from all over. 960 1280

  

Motorcycle wipe out on The Dragon

Motorcycle wipe out on The Dragon

The road has so many hairpin turns that it is easy to wipe out with one wrong move. 960 1280

  

Golf cart on the Overseas Highway

Golf cart on the Overseas Highway

The Overseas Highway connects the Florida Keys to the rest of the outside world. While it may be a long journey to get to things like a grocery store, life along the highway is certainly unique. 960 1280

  

Route 4 is a major east-west road in Vermont

Route 4 is a major east-west road in Vermont

Route 4 is a major east-west road in Vermont. Locals, tourists and commercial truckers all travel this thoroughfare. 960 1280

  

Hurricane Irene damage on Route 4

Hurricane Irene damage on Route 4

Hurricane Irene dropped 11 inches of rain in 12 hours, leaving much of Route 4 washed away. Residents had to flee quickly while there was still a road to travel on. 960 1280

  

Jeep off-roading in West Virginia

Jeep off-roading in West Virginia

This off-road trail in West Virginia is one of the toughest in the South to traverse. 960 1280

  

Appalachian road

Appalachian road

This old Appalachian road is muddy and wet. It takes teamwork to make it through. 960 1280

  

US 71 in Southeast Missouri

US 71 in Southeast Missouri

US 71 in southeast Missouri IS Tornado Alley. When a tornado hit Joplin, MO, in May 2011, many truckers faced their worst nightmare of driving into the storm. Many trucks couldn't handle it. 960 1280

  

Accidents on Route 71

Accidents on Route 71

Major accidents occurred along US 71 that drivers were lucky to survive. 960 1280

  

Diamond Creek Road in the Grand Canyon

Diamond Creek Road in the Grand Canyon

In the Grand Canyon, Diamond Creek Road is the only path to drive from rim to river. The rocky terrain sometimes leads to busted car windshields. 960 1280

  

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park trail

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park trail

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's rocky and narrow canyon walls don't allow for vehicles. And did we mention the flash floods that wash out the roads? 960 1280

  

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

The views of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are amazing. 960 1280

  

Route 9 in the North Georgia mountains

Route 9 in the North Georgia mountains

Route 9 in the North Georgia mountains, is one of the most famous roads in US history. It is known as Thunder Road. Local David Sosebee loves to relive the glory days of bootleggers transporting moonshine in their Fords. 960 1280

  

Death Valley Highway in Nevada

Death Valley Highway in Nevada

Death Valley Highway in Nevada can be a lonely road. It is famous for hosting inexplicable phenomena. 960 1280

  

The Extraterrestrial Highway

The Extraterrestrial Highway

The Extraterrestrial Highway gets its nickname because of the strange aberrations that occur there. 960 1280

  

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