Wackiest Roadside Attractions

We uncover some of the most amazing, not-to-be missed roadside attractions in the US -- from California to NYC, and everywhere in between. Pull over and take a gander at these fun works of art.

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Joplin, MO, gives a warm welcome to the Rogue Riders, the Best of the Road team assigned to discover America’s friendliest small towns. 960 1280

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Percy Katz (pictured here with museum director Brad Belk) is the official museum greeter at the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, MO. The 12-year-old Russian Blue, who is named after local composer Percy Weinrich, has survived cancer and a kidnapping that made front-page news to become the unofficial mascot of Joplin. 960 1280

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Percy Katz, Joplin’s most famous cat and resident greeter at the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, MO. 960 1280

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Route 66 Carousel Park, a vintage, family-owned park along the popular Route 66 byway that runs through Joplin, MO. 960 1280

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A view of Route 66 Carousel Park. 960 1280

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Best of the Road co-hosts Gary Hurt and Amanda Pflugrad enjoy the Route 66 Carousel Park in Joplin, MO. 960 1280

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The Old Courthouse, built in 1892, is now the Bardstown Visitor’s Center. The Courthouse stands in the center of Bardstown’s historic district. 960 1280

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Bardstown’s nickname is the Bourbon Capitol of the World with mint juleps made with bourbon being a popular local drink. 960 1280

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A mint julep made with Kentucky bourbon and topped with powdered sugar. 960 1280

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Bardstown’s Old County Jail, built in 1797, was the oldest operating jail in the state of Kentucky until 1987. 960 1280

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The old, one-room schoolhouse in historic Bardstown, Kentucky. 960 1280

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Grand Falls, Missouri’s largest continually flowing natural waterfall, is a popular swimming hole just south of Joplin. The depth of the water can climb to about 25 feet. 960 1280

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