When it comes to big things, Americans dream, build, live and play in an arena of considerable size, and it seems that we just can’t get enough of things that are grandiose in nature. In fact appreciation of big things is evident through photography and documentation of such things throughout history. Maybe this is why architects, dreamers and creative souls have invented some of the most intricate, unique and fascinating objects from buildings and breathtakingly aesthetically pleasing things that exist and are nothing less than stimulating to the eye, not only because they are big, but because they are unusual, obsolete and have the power to attract. Across the nation each state offers its share of the biggest tea and coffee pots, animals, string, rubber band balls. characters, drinks, food, and items of clothing. Each and everyone of them are unique yet similar when it comes to being big, and they never fail manage to deliver when it comes to fascinating us.
Objects in the United States Famous for Being Big
The Biltmore Estate: Located in Asheville, North Carolina. Construction began in 1889 on the 175,000 square-foot French-Chateau style structure by George Washington Vanderbilt II. Today the largest estate in the United States receives millions of visitors who enjoy accommodations from an 8,000 acre resort oasis that includes a bed & breakfast getaway, a courtyard market, winery, fine dining, gardens, spa treatments and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Location: One Lodge Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28803
Catsup Bottle: The 170-foot world’s biggest catsup bottle waits in preparation for the world’s biggest hamburger and fries. Housed in Collinsville next to route 159, the catsup bottle is proudly featured at the annual Brooks World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival. The World’s Largest Things traveling art museum will be at the Catsup Festival which features taste tests, contests, birthday party games and a Grand Prize Drawing. This year the festival will be held Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 1022 Vandalia on Route 159 in Collinsville, Illinois. http://www.catsupbottlefestival.com/
Hamburger: Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, located in Clearfield, Pennsylvania is the “Home of the World’s Largest Burgers,” and they proudly display a Guinness certificate for the largest hamburger commercially available. They have blown record after record out of the water with their 123 pound burger, but the burger most in demand is made up of 15 pounds of ground beef and 5 additional pounds of bun and fixings. They are recognized nationally and have had featured spots on David Letterman’s Top 10, The Travel Channel, The Food Network, Good Morning America, The Today Show and Country Fried Home Videos featured on CMT. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms1CXjpVve4
Location: 1452 Woodland Rd, Clearfield, Pennsylvania 16830
The Palazzo Hotel & Casino: Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 6.9 million square-feet luxury all-suite hotel and casino is one of the biggest tourist attractions that Nevada has to offer. The luxury resort offers gaming, spa treatments, world class entertainment with celebrity headliners and a nightlife that offers trendy clubs and lounges.
Location: 3325 Las Vegas Boulevard, South, Las, Vegas, Nevada 89109
The Longwood Gardens: A deep history dating back to 1700 has put the largest botanical garden at the forefront of all things exquisite. 1,700 square-feet of gardens transport you into a world of indoor-outdoor gardens, magical flowers with seasonal differences, architecture elegant fountains and stately trees. The Longwood Gardens offers modern day additions that embellish the rich garden ties of Italy and France. Longwood Gardens offers extended information in their unique library that includes educational materials in the allied arts, horticulture, botany and the sciences.
Location: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348
The Biltmore Hotel Swimming Pool: The Florida pool is considered to be world famous and has the honor of being the largest swimming hole in the Continental United States due to a holding capacity of 750,000 gallons of water. The pool is an extended part of a hotel that is a historical landmark that features a private poolside cabana elegantly dressed with high-end furnishings and exotic plants. The Biltmore is also famous for their culinary portfolio, weddings, golfing, spa treatments and 150 acres of tropical bliss. http://www.travelchannel.com/video/largest-pool-in-the-usa
Location: 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Praying Hands: Featured in TIME online, the 30 ton world’s largest hands, also referred to as the “Healing Hands”, greet you when you enter the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. An inscription at the base of the hands read: Luke 2:52: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”
Location: 7777 South Lewis Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74171
Chocolate Waterfall: Chocolate lovers will aspire to saturate their sweet tooth on the sweetest treat in the world with 3,000 pounds of heavenly gooey chocolate that continually pours out over a 20-foot moving contraption of shiny copper kettles that gently cascades from a cocoa waterfall into one large pool of chocolate bliss. Tours of the candy kitchens accompanied by music, singing and history along with the delicious smells and tastes will cover all of your senses. http://alaskawildberryproducts.com/about-us/worlds-largest-chocolate-falls.html
Location: 5225 Juneau Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99518
Washboard: Women everywhere will cringe when they catch sight of this oversized labor intensive object constructed for cleaning, but works better at hand and knuckle torture. The 24-foot tall metal and wood mechanism sits proudly on the exterior of the upper floors of the Columbus Washboard Company. The unique washboard can be seen June 13-15 at the 2013 Washboard Festival, during Father’s Day Weekend where the festivities include music, food, crafts, history and the chance to purchase your very own washboard and soap. http://www.columbuswashboard.com/festival/
Location: 14 Gallagher Avenue, Logan, Ohio 43138 Festival: Downtown Logan, Ohio in Hocking Hills
Roller Coaster: The 456-feet tall Kingda Ka is listed as the biggest roller coaster in the world and the fastest in North America. Themed after a mystical tiger, the massive record breaking steel ride is the honey pot of Six Flags Great Adventure & Safari located in New Jersey. A 129-foot camel hump weightlessly swoops you soon after the height of the 45-foot story climb, and an added bonus while on the tallest roller coaster in the world is the 270-degree spiral that plunges you vertically. No worries, remember you are amidst company who is breaking records with you. http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/index.aspx
Location: 1 Six Flags Boulevard, Jackson, New Jersey 08527
Monster Truck Limo: The world’s largest monster limousine, created by Bob Fisher and S.D.M. Industries, was originally a Ford F350, but with modifications is now in the monster class. The massive truck limo is street legal even though it sits at a height of 11-feet tall and weighs in at 7 tons and has had an added 14 feet of seating, extending the limo to a total of 36-feet long. The hefty price tag to build such a luxury vehicle was $250,000 dollars and features 46 ½ inch tires. The monsterlimo is a rolling billboard often spotted wrapped in removable stickers during ad campaigns at NASCAR and speedway events. http://www.monsterlimo.com/
Location: Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. The monsterlimo travels nationwide to various events. For information on 2013 events go to: http://www.monsterlimo.com/calendar.aspx