There’s no better time than summer to pack the car with friends, tunes and munchies for an epic road trip, but these summer getaways aren’t always about the destination. When it comes to summer road trips, it’s all about the journey — and you’ll have plenty to enjoy along the way with a trip to North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway.
One of the world’s largest collections of scrap metal artwork, the Enchanted Highway in the quaint North Dakota town of Regent delights passersby with an assortment of quirky, larger-than-life sculptures that beg you to stop for a photo op or two. For 32 miles, sculptor Gary Greff’s creations break up the monotony of driving through North Dakota’s Great Plains.
Greff began creating his sculptures in the early 1990s, hoping to revive his dwindling hometown. The first result was “Tin Family,” made of empty oil drums that welcome visitors to the technically unnamed stretch of highway. Since 1993, the exhibit has claimed the title, “World’s Largest Tin Family.”
Over the years, more metal sculptures joined the installation, and now seven pieces in all line the side of this North Dakota Road. The Tin Family was soon joined by the 60-foot long rooster of “Pheasants on the Prairie” and the gargantuan “Grasshoppers.”
Soon, other familiar North Dakota sights joined the fray. “Deer Crossing” was installed in 2002, followed by the leaping fish of “Fisherman’s Dream.” Today, the seven metal sculptures stand tall in the small town of Regent, ready to welcome visitors and make a road trip memory or two.
Check out where to find the whimsical sculptures of Enchanted Highway on the North Dakota Department of Commerce website.
(Main image: North Dakota Department of Commerce)