CABAZON, CA - JULY 01: A roadside attraction dinosaur towers over the desert near the San Andreas Fault on July 1, 2006 in Cabazon, California. Scientists have warned that after more than 300 years with very little slippage, the southern end of the 800-mile-long San Andreas fault north and east of Los Angeles has built up immense pressure and could produce a massive earthquake at any time. Such a quake could produce a sudden lateral movement of 23 to 32 feet which would be would be among the largest ever recorded. By comparison, the 1906 earthquake at the northern end of the fault destroyed San Francisco with a movement of no more than about 21 feet. Experts have concluded that a quake of magnitude-7.6 or greater on the lower San Andreas could kill thousands of people in the Los Angeles area with damages running into the tens of billions of dollars. The San Andreas Fault is where the Pacific and the North American tectonic plates of the Earth's crust collide.

There’s something just so American about roadside attractions. We’ve all been on the family road trip and seen the gimmicky roadside attractions they hope you’ll stop at. No matter what part of the country you are traveling through you will find these tourist traps on backroads. I’m sorry to admit I have never stopped, even though there are a lot of rather interesting roadside attractions in North Carolina. I did drive by one mentioned on the list, in Thomasville, on my way to a dance competition years ago. Couples were taking prom photos in front of a giant chair. That memory has stuck with me for years!

Several ‘world’s largest” items on this list include furniture, frying pans, and a religious reference. There are also some things I’d classify as ‘oddities’ a term I can’t remember the last time I used. And finally, there are just some interesting attractions you may have not known our state had. So the next time you’re on a road trip maybe you’ll find a reason to stop and stretch your legs. Have you ever been to any of these locations? Did we miss any? Let us know on social media! Here are 9 of the most peculiar roadside attractions in North Carolina.

 

  • World's Largest Chest of Drawers- High Point, NC

  • World's Largest Ten Commandments- Murphy, NC

  • Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum- Wilson, NC

  • Satellite Park-Durham, NC

  • Shangri La Stone Village- Prospect Hill, NC

  • Belhaven Memorial Museum- Bellhaven, NC

  • World's Largest Duncan Phyfe Chair- Thomasville, NC

  • Giant Concrete Legs- Henderson, NC

  • World's Largest Frying Pan- Rose Hill. NC