Summertime is synonymous with a road trip. Across the South there are hundreds of things to do and places to go. The South has beaches, mountains, historical landmarks, battlefields and the world’s largest cast iron statue. That’s right. The South is also full of many a roadside attraction that is worth a stop on your summer road trip.
Here are nine places you can’t miss this summer:
Graceland Too // Holly Springs, Mississippi
Graceland Too is a two-story home in Mississippi dedicated to the King of Rock N’ Roll. It’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Eiffel Tower // Paris, Texas
If you don’t have time to hop a plane to France this summer, just swing by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Texas. You’ll know you’re looking at the right tower if there’s a giant cowboy hat on top.
World’s Largest Chest of Drawers // High Point, North Carolina
If you’re looking for a place to store your large socks, make sure you stop at the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers. It stands 38-feet high and has plenty of room for all of your unmentionables.
Boll Weevil Monument // Enterprise, Alabama
If you love insects, you have to stop by the world’s only monument built to honor an agricultural pest.
The Giant Orange // Kissimmee, Florida
If you’re headed to see Mickey Mouse, make sure you take a lap around Eli’s Orange World just a few miles from Disney. It’s a souvenir shop and fruit stand shaped like a giant orange. Editor’s note: I stayed in a hotel next to the Giant Orange once. It’s everything you think it’d be.
Giant Jesus Statue // Eureka Springs, Arkansas
If you’re feeling like you just really need to see Jesus to experience him, head to Ozark Mountains and get a glimpse of the 67-foot tall “Christ of the Ozarks.” It’s definitely a road trip stop that could lead you to a “higher” place.
Kadie the Cow // Columbus, Georgia
This a must if you’re also in the market for some electronics. Originally built to stand outside the Kinnett Dairies, she now resides next door to a Best Buy. She’s 20-feet-tall and very regal. For a cow.
World’s Largest Bat // Louisville, Kentucky
If you’re in Kentucky and can’t stomach any more bourbon, head to Louisville and “swing” by the 120-foot-tall Louisville Slugger resting outside the Louisville Slugger Museum.
The Peach // Gaffney, South Carolina
If you saw the Giant Orange, why not head north to South Carolina and take a gander at the 135-foot-tall water tower shaped like a peach? This is a real must for all “House of Cards” viewers, as Frank Underwood hails from Gaffney and keeps a framed photo of the peach in his office.
There you have it, when you’re on your way to the beach or to see Mickey or just visiting some folks, you must see these wonderful Southern roadside attractions.