Minnesota Roadside Attractions
Add an Offbeat Minnesota Travel Guide
to Your Road Trip Vacation Planning
There are Minnesota roadside attractions you may miss without adding an offbeat Minnesota travel guide to your road trip vacation planninng.
As you drive the highways and roads be on the lookout for unique Minnesota roadside attractions. These are often wonderful monuments to the legends that are part of Minnesota history. Sometimes they are representations of an animal or fish that is identified with Minnesota. Others are museums, objects, statues or art that is unique to a town or region.
The statue of the Jolly Green Giant, at 55-feet tall, is one of the largest Minnesota roadside attractions. The giant can be found in Blue Earth, MN and is a reminder of Minnesota's agricultural resources.
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From the back cover of the book, Monumental Minnesota: A Guide to Outdoor Sculpture: "Minnesotans have in the past century honored heroes and public figures, created mythic and heroic town symbols, funded abstracts on public streets and walkways, and now find themselves surrounded by a growing forest of sculpture carved by the chainsaw. Minnesota has more than 620 different pieces of outdoor sculpture, located in 150 different communities."
These monuments commemorate Minnesota's real, and imagined heros. The photo on the cover is of a statue to the Finnish hero, St. Urho, located in Menagha, MN. In Bemidji you can see Minnesota legend Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe. Chief Kandiyohi stands near the Kandiyohi, MN courthouse.
Minnesota Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff is another wonderful "take along" book for road trips across Minnesota. Find out where there is an art gallery of underground graffiti, an eight-story-tall Iron Man sculpture, and some beautifully designed, architectural oddities.
If you are a resident of Minnesota, you will be laughing out loud as the authors introduce you to the neighbors you never knew you had and take you to places you never knew existed—right in your own backyard! If you are in Minnesota on vacation, be sure to visit some of the most wild and wacky places and things the North Star State has to offer!
Minnesota Marvels: Roadside Attractions in the Land of Lakes is yet another great Minnesota travel guide to some great Minnesota roadside attractions. It lists not only the statues and monuments along the road but also "not-to-be-missed" places like the Frank Lloyd Wright gas station. Pack this for day trips to lots of memorable Minnesota attractions.
This photo below is of the "world's largest prairie chicken" and is located in the small Northern Minnesota town of Rothsay. Many of the roadside attractions in Minnesota are "the world's largest" of some type of animal, fish or bird.
We have collected a few more stories and photos of unusual Minnesota attractions on the Little Known Minnesota page. There is so much more to share. Please grab your camera when you head out on the roads of Minnesota and add stories and photos of your discoveries.
What Minnesota Roadside Attractions
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