Have you made it to "The Big Time" in Carefree, Arizona?
Some of today’s young people may not be familiar with analog clocks — you know, the ones with hands that move in a circle from 12 to 1, and so on. But those of you old enough to legally book a car rental will remember — in fact, you may prefer them! Today, most people tell you what time it is by looking at a cell phone, or maybe a digital clock in a car or on a wall. But what came before all of these technologies? That’s right — the sundial!
The Big House is College Football's record-smashing Big Thing To See
When the Michigan Wolverines play football games at their home stadium, they can always count on having the advantage of a Big Crowd of screaming fans to support them!
How Quick will your Response be -- to this cool rooftop building art in Charlotte?
This Big Thing To See in the USA is best viewed from the air, so unless you’re Iron Man or flying in a low-flying plane, you may need to use Google Maps to enjoy it properly!
It would take a long time to finish off this impressive Pringle near Pocatello!
The Idaho Potato Museum is the home of this Big Thing To See in the USA, one of the Procter & Gamble company’s greatest (and strangest) achievements in the area of snack foods.
The World’s Largest Potato Crisp is a Pringles brand crisp that was engineered in Jackson, Tennessee, way back in June 1991. This amazing monument to America’s love of the greasy, artificially-manufactured snacks — they used to contain more ACTUAL POTATOES than salt & preservatives — is 25 inches long and over 14 inches wide, weighs 5.4 ounces (1/3 pound), and has more surface area than the usual family-size pizza!
We Shine a Light onto the Cape Hatteras Light, the Brightest Big Thing in Buxton
Some giant objects are built just to impress people. Some are built to honor the dead, the heroic, or both. Some are just built because we Americans love to break records! This Big Thing To See in North Carolina had an important purpose – to prevent ships in the Atlantic Ocean from running aground in the Diamond Shoals area, which is just offshore at Cape Hatteras!
Eartha is its Name and Rotating on an Axis is its Game
The World’s Largest Rotating and Revolving Globe is nicknamed “Eartha”, and it can be found at DeLorme’s headquarters in Yarmouth, Maine, a 15-minute drive north of Portland.
You Can Buy Almost Anything at this Big Thing To See near Rapid City
Wall Drug Store is one of America’s Biggest Retail Shops and, located 50 miles east of Rapid City, it’s also a popular destination for Interstate 90 travelers passing through South Dakota. Wall Drug is the World’s Largest Drug Store and this Big Thing To See in the USA is one of the coolest places to check out whenever you’re in the Pacific Northwest.
Minnesota may be nicknamed the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”, but this Big Thing To See is about as far away as you might get from spending time in this state’s famous Big Outdoors. In fact, what has been called “the Sprawl of America” disparagingly by some folks could easily be called the BIG INDOORS!
The Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota, is the Largest Shopping Mall in the USA.
We’re sad to say that one of our Big Things To See in the USA has been shut down by the government! In Crossville, Tennessee — about an hour’s drive west in a rental car from Knoxville — you could find the World’s Largest Treehouse at 364 Beehive Lane!
Unfortunately, due to an August 2012 decision of Mr. Christopher Bainbridge, director of codes enforcement for the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s office, this Big Treehouse that was once free and open to the public now has a locked gate and a sign telling visitors that they have to turn back.
But we still want to tell you about this remarkable building and show you some cool photographs, even though it is currently closed to the public!
Minister Horace Burgess was inspired by his love of God to build the giant tree house in 1993, and over a period of almost 20 years, he crafted the amazing building — which has pews and a sanctuary that can hold 50 people — as both a church and as a monument to his personal faith. Today, this Big Building is 97 feet tall and is supported by 7 trees, including a living white oak tree that is 80 feet tall with a 12-foot diameter at its base! Minister Burgess slowly added to the World’s Largest Treehouse, over time spending $12,000 on its construction. Its 5 stories contain 80 rooms, including the church and its working bell tower. (The “bells” are actually oxygen acetylene bottles that chime every day.)
The treehouse is God’s house, according to Minister Burgess, and everyone was welcome. Across from it, the grass in a large field is cut in a pattern to spell out the name “Jesus”. Before its closure in 2012, it attracted almost 100 visitors per day. The gates to the Big Treehouse have been locked since a letter was sent to Burgess, ordering the building to be closed to the public immediately “due to safety concerns”. An online petition started by Crossville resident Natosha Carson asking Cumberland County and the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office to reopen the building to the public gathered over 2,500 signatures in just a few weeks — but so far, it remains closed.
If and when it reopens, here’s how you get to the World’s Largest Treehouse! Drive your rental car down Interstate 40 west from Knoxville (or east from Nashville) and take exit 320. Then, drive north on Highway 298 and turn right on Cook Road. After a mile, the road takes a sharp right, but you need to turn left onto Beehive Lane. You’re way out in the gorgeous Tennessee countryside, and the pavement ends, but keep driving your trusty car rental onto the dirt and gravel. You’ll find the Big Treehouse on the right.
The Minister's Treehouse
Photos by Sean B. Jack
We’ve all walked into our home or apartment one evening, only to discover that an invasion has taken place… and the army of dirty clothes will not easily be turned back! But no matter how tall the piles of dirty socks are, no matter how stinky the laundry basket is, VroomVroomVroom’s friends in the Chicagoland area know they’ve got a secret weapon in nearby Berwyn, Illinois: Tom Benson’s World’s Largest Laundromat!
Longaberger Has Made a Lot of Baskets, But None Bigger Than This One
Located about 34 miles east of Columbus, the Biggest Basket in the USA is also the state of Ohio’s Coolest Corporate Office Building!
The Longaberger company is famed worldwide for its high-quality, handmade maple wood baskets. So if you find yourself in the Columbus area, point your rental car in the direction of Newark, Ohio, where you can see the World’s Largest Basket!
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