When it comes to classic travel, there is nothing that screams Americana more than a road trip. With the wide open road, the freedom of dictating your own schedule and the potential to discover the country’s hidden gems, it’s no surprise that this is one type of travel that has lasted the test of time.
To make the most of your road trip, it’s important to know where to find hidden gems along the roadside -- for those of you on the West Coast and Texas, these side-of-the-road art installations are for you:
This folk art house was built by homeowner John Milkovisch. He dedicated years of his life to covering his home with beer cans, bottles and other beer paraphernalia -- a testimony to a particular hair-of-the-dog habit and unique perspective on recycling.
Cadillac Ranch was built in the 1970s by a group of hippies from San Francisco called The Ant Farm. The cars are constantly changing as visitors are encouraged to add their own signature flair to the art piece -- so make sure to bring a can of spray paint!
Fans of “Into The Wild” should recognize this one -- near Slab City in Calipatria, Calif., the decorated mountainside has become iconic for wanderers and free spirits. Resident Leonard Knight is responsible for creating the site, which features many religious icons and verses.
French artist Niki de Saint Phalle is known for her large sculptures, and Queen Califia’s Magical Circle showcases this as well as her intricate mosaic work.
5. Porter Sculpture Park, Montrose, S.D.
An unusual sighting among the flatlands of South Dakota, this sculpture park adds a whimsical flair to the prairie. The junk art statues were created by South Dakotan artist Wayne Porter.
Off the side of the 10 in a desolate stretch of Texas is this unexpected slice of Italian couture -- a freestanding replica of a Prada store. Built in 2005 by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, the structure is out-of-place in the barren deserts of Marfa.