Vacation Collection: World's Largest Things

Vacation Collection: World's Largest Things

Susie Nadler
Jul 22, 2009

Some people collect souvenir shot glasses from their travels, or tribal masks, or maybe refrigerator magnets. Our friend Rachel's vacation collection consists of photos of her and her travel companions posing with the World's Largest Things. If you've ever been on a road trip, you've probably come across the World's Largest Something-or-Other along the way: the World's Largest Taxidermied Jackalope, perhaps, or the World's Largest Statue of Paul Bunyan. Well, Rachel seeks out these landmarks on her travels, and for Escapes month we thought we'd share a bit of her collection with you...

Rachel has stood beneath the imposing bulk of the World's Largest Hammer. She's shared an intimate moment with Chatty Belle, the World's Largest Talking Cow, and contemplated the grandeur of the World's Largest Cheese (okay, so it was a replica, but still—pretty grand). Perhaps her greatest discovery was a fellow collector, Erika Nelson, the curator of the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things. Erika has transformed a bus into a traveling roadside attraction and museum (see the last photo above), which tours the country, displaying her collection to the public.

What's been fun about watching Rachel's quest over the years is how it has taken her off the beaten path. She's visited all 50 states and seen more of this country, I would guess, than most of its citizens have.

Tell us the stories of your road-tripping adventures! What are your favorite memories of roadside attractions?

(Images: Rachel Oppenheim)

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