Getting from point A to B can often be the highlight of any road trip. It's all about the journey, not the destination, or whatever they tend to say. However, if you have exhausted your Taylor Swift playlist or got bored of taking selfies in the back seat ("Are we there yet?" becomes a cliche too often used!), it might be worth simply looking out of your window for amusement.
Why? Well, the epic landscapes of the USA are reason enough, but in the bizarre world that is rural America, you may find yourself stumbling upon some funny roadside attractions. No, we're not talking about the local loon, but hilarious road signs. Whether it's an amusingly-named town you've never heard of or lettering that has been lost in translation, here are some of the funniest road signs you can encounter on the open USA trail.
1. Hillbilly Ln
Not to be PC or anything, but we reckon there's something wrong with this. It's become such a favourite with travellers in Austin, Texas, that, as you can see, the sign has had to be secured with a metal wire.
2. Shedd Cemetery Drive
In a cruel twist of irony, there seems to be a dead end on Shedd Cemetery Drive in Oregon. We don't think the town planners thought about this one.
3. Correctional Facility
We don't know about you but we love picking up strangers from correctional facilities. Disclaimer: this is not part of any of our USA tours.
4. Don't hit the bridge...
Another example of mere stupidity, this sign proves you don't need to have a PhD in physics to drive around America.
5. Highway to Hell
Giving the song 'Highway to Hell' a whole new meaning, the town of Hell in Michigan is worth passing by purely to giggle at the signs. It's especially amazing in the winter when Hell, literally, freezes over.
6. Tahquitz Canyon
Okay, that's fine, but which is the way? Confusing drivers in California for decades...
During your trip, you're bound to experience America's lip-smacking and tongue-tantalising food – trust us when we say it's brilliant. You probably won't want your food to horrify you though.
8. Chicken, Alaska
Chicken in Alaska has various jokes going for it, but this sign tops them all. We'll just leave this here...
9. Stop right there, pilgrim
We all sang 'To be a Pilgrim' in school. And this is probably the politest road sign in the history of road signs.
10. Shotgun hunting
Only in Maine may you have an area where kids play and hunting occurs with shotguns only. There's something quite worrying about this, but you can't help but chuckle nonetheless.
11. No Name Lane
Let's take a trip down No Name Lane. We heard the party's thumping over there.
12. Intercourse, Pennsylvania
The village of intercourse in Pennsylvania is home to just over 1,000 residents and it is ironically located in the Amish County. There's not much here, apart from the road signs that you in no way can steal.
13. Climax, Georgia
After Intercourse, it would only be natural to head to Climax. This city in Georgia is named this way because it is located at the highest point of the rail road between Savannah, Georgia, and the Chattahoochee River. And with a population of just over 300 now, it never fails to make us snigger like little kids.
14. Dildo, Newfoundland
You may as well flock to Dildo while you're at it. Okay, so we may be cheating a bit here, as this is located on the charming island of Newfoundland in Canada, but it's certainly worth mentioning it on this list. The area has a long history, going as far back as 2000 BC – that's one very old dildo.
15. Boring, Oregon
On the other end of the spectrum, why not explore Boring? This town in Oregon is actually twinned with the village of Dull in Scotland, and the Dull and Boring celebrations are held annually on August 9th in Oregon with pipers and barbershop quartets – doesn't sound too boring to us.
16. Go home...
Talking of being boring, we're not too sure where this place is but it doesn't sound too fun nor welcoming. Makes for a cracking sign though.
There are fails and then there are epic fails. Looks like some poor sod carried out this ratchet paint job; shall we 'sotp' or 'og'?
18. Next Million Miles
Journeys can often feel like millions of miles, but they're actually not. Unless you believe this sign of course.
19. Unalaska, Alaska
So let's get this right. There's a place in Alaska called Unalaska. Ok...
20. Waterproof, Louisiana
Finally, the water tank in Waterproof, Louisiana, is a spectacle for all the wrong reasons.
On your next big trip to the USA, try and count how many hilarious road signs you can spot along the way – you'll be surprised at your final tally – while extravagant, stunning and enriching, the USA can be one odd place too!