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The World’s Largest Ball of Twine might sound a little dull, but VroomVroomVroom can honestly say that this Big Thing To See in the USA is awesome for one reason: you can be a part of a world record…
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!
Our Lady of the Rockies watches over the people of Butte, Montana
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!
This Big Motorcycle near Green Bay is a Rolling History of Harley-Davidson!
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!
We've never Seen anything like them in Venice, California!
Binoculars help you to see far-away things, and this Big Thing in the USA is certainly a sight you’ll want to see!
Located in Los Angeles County in California, specifically on Main Street in Venice, are the World’s Largest Binoculars! Unfortunately no jolly green giant or Godzilla movie monster is going to come along and pick these up and use them — these Big Binoculars were built right into the side of Venice’s Chiat-Day Building.
We Don't Want to Clean Stalls in Martinsville if a Horse Could Wear This…
Unless you have the muscles of the Incredible Hulk, you won’t be able to use this Big Horseshoe to play a game!
Located at the Martinsville Fairgrounds, 620 South York Street in Martinsville, Illinois, this Big Thing To See in the USA was recognized in 2013 as the current World’s Largest Horseshoe by Guinness World Record officials. It’s one of the most amazing pieces of iron ever poured at the Rowe Foundry, also located in Martinsville.
The Jolly Green Giant welcomes visitors in Blue Earth, Minnesota.
“Ho-Ho-Ho, Green Giant!”
For 85 years, this American mascot has been a Big Thing To See in the USA… on TV commercials, in print advertising, and on the packaging of some of your favorite tasty vegetables! In fact, if you watched television at all in the 20th century, you probably read the first sentence of this story in the sing-song voice of the Jolly Green Giant!
Eartha is its Name and Rotating on an Axis is its Game
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.
These Big Things To See in San Antonio, Texas can really kick all the others' butts!
The World’s Largest Cowboy Boots are a 40 foot tall pair of boots that represent the worldwide cowboy phenomenon. If you know any 150 foot tall cowboys — well, we don’t even mess around with regular size cowboys! They love their boots, and it’s a big deal when a man (or woman) gets a new pair of them!
Who doesn't love some M&Ms and a Coke?
Tampa locals and tourists are Bowled Over by this Big Thing To See!
Folks around the Beckley area of West Virginia must think Big about bird watching!
This amazing Big Thing To See in the USA is a former World Record holder that was, until a few years ago, the Biggest Bell in the World!
When you’re traveling around our Great Big Country, or just around the Northeast, you’re bound to see some Big Things in the USA. New York, Washington, Boston — they all have their own natural beauty, special landmarks, tourist attractions, and the occasional weird object or item that’s worth a road trip in your cheap rental car.
But the Big Thing To See we’re going to talk about now isn’t exactly a typical, beautiful sight that everyone wants to stop and look at. In fact, it’s a bit of an eyesore for the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia!
The SS United States is a Giant Ocean Liner, now docked at a pier on the Delaware River, where she has decayed for over 17 years.
New York City is the place where you can see a lot of the world’s largest things. There was the world’s largest LEGO model — an X-Wing Starfighter spaceship from Star Wars — that LEGO and LucasFilms displayed in Times Square in May 2013. The biggest solar-powered boat on Earth, the “Turanor PlanetSolar” docked in New York in June 2013. And in 2015 or 2016, a giant 625-foot tall Ferris wheel called the New York Wheel will open on Staten Island! (“They like it. They wheely like it,” wrote New York Daily News reporter Casey Tolan.)
But today, let’s take a road trip to find a totally different example of one of our Big Things To See in the USA… now first off, let’s establish something: do you like candy? Do you REALLY like candy?
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!
This Big Thing To See in the USA is an amazing 18 foot statue of a prehistoric man, complete with animal skin shirt and wooden club.
The fun thing about driving around America in a cool rental car, looking for Big Things To See in the USA, is that you never know when & where you’ll find a great one. But to find 2 awesome Big Things at the same place? Well, that’s almost unheard of!
This Big Thing To See in the USA was built to break a Guinness World Record, and that idea came from professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek.
Big Things To See in the USA enjoys telling our VroomVroomVroom car rental customers about Awesome Attractions and Massive Merchandise all across this great nation! And we know that a lot of our readers may be a little too young to enjoy sitting on a quiet front porch after a long day’s work.
Texas is the largest state in the continental USA, and Houston is its biggest city. So, of course you can find several examples of Big Things To See in Houston, such as the world’s largest livestock show, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The city is also home to Spec’s, an 80-thousand square foot warehouse that’s one of the world’s largest liquor stores. But let’s stay sober (for now) and drive our rental car to find some of the most unusual Big Things in the Huge State of Texas… the Big President Heads at David Adickes’ studio!
It can be pretty tiring, driving around the USA in that rental car that you got such a cheap rate on, visiting all of the Big Things To See in this great country. So when you’re in the Dallas, Texas area, stop and see the World’s Largest Patio Chair — and then just have a seat and relax for awhile!
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!
We here at VroomVroomVroom are not just experts in car rental rate comparison – we’re also experts in giant aluminum sparky thingies! Don’t believe us? Ok, so maybe we’re only rental car experts… but we know where to go to see the greatest demonstration of static electricity on Earth:
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