Strange Americana: The Best Roadside Attractions in America's Western States

A diving board and swing set installation art in the Salton Sea near Bombay Beach, California. It's nighttime and the water is calm and reflective. Photo Courtesy: Kevin Key/Slworking/Moment/Getty Images

The western portion of the United States is filled with a stunning array of environments, from arid desert landscapes to dense forests to glimmering beaches. The region is also a great place for roadside attractions; some are rife with history, while others are downright strange — in an unforgettable sort of way. Wondering where you should stop on your next road trip down the coast? These are some of our favorite roadside attractions located in the western half of the country, from the mountains of Colorado and Montana to the Pacific Northwest.

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