Going cross-country this summer? Get your motor running and head out on the highway. Family road trips rock, especially when you stop and take in the amazing (and sometimes oddball!) attractions along the way. Click through our album to discover places that are feed-worthy, Insta-gold; then fasten your seat belts— it’s going to be a wild ride!

James Dean Memorial Junction – Cholame, Ca

If you're headed by car between Northern and Southern California, drive off the beaten path and drive via Route 46, a lonely stretch of highway between Lost Hills and Paso Robles. About halfway between the two towns is the fated intersection (Route 46 and Route 41) where in 1955, iconic film star James Dean fatally crashed head-on into another car. A memorial stone now marks the spot, beside the surprisingly good Jack Ranch Cafe. Step inside, have some yummy diner food, and check out the James Dean memorabilia dotting the walls. Then, drive safely home.

photo: Hharryus via Flickr

What is your favorite roadside attraction? Let us know in the Comments!

— Melissa Heckscher & Kelly Aiglon