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

    Of course, the furniture capital of NC is home to the world’s largest chest of drawers. Stop by the next time you’re in High Point.

  • World's Largest Ten Commandments- Murphy, NC

    Need the inspiration to be a good person? Perhaps a visit to the World’s Largest Ten Commandments in Murphy, NC.

  • Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum- Wilson, NC

    What’s a whirligig you ask? Actually not a word someone made up. You can see a whole park full of them in Wilson, NC.

  • Satellite Park-Durham, NC

    Those sometimes ugly satellites are a world of art in Durham, NC. Perhaps even a good location for an Instagram photo.

  • Shangri La Stone Village- Prospect Hill, NC

    This stone village is a sight to be seen. VIsit the Shangri La Stone Village in Prospect Hill, NC.

  • Belhaven Memorial Museum- Bellhaven, NC

    Does the world’s creepiest museum sound enticing to you? Visit it in Bellhaven, NC.

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

    I actually came across this roadside attraction while in Thomasville for a dance competition. There were couples taking prom pictures in front of it.

  • Giant Concrete Legs- Henderson, NC

    I’d file this one under the creepy category as well. Who asked for giant concrete legs? Was it the town of Henderson?

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

    The worst part about the world’s largest frying pan is that it is actually used. That’s where I draw the line.

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