Slideshow: 5 Amazing Roadside Coffee Pot Attractions

Bob's World Famous Java Jive in Tacoma, WA
Bob's World Famous Java Jive in Tacoma, WA
A coffee shop in the 1920s, this wacky little pot is now a pretty quintessential dive bar, complete with karaoke, live music performances, and a nod of approval from the beloved Seattle altnera-weekly The Stranger.

2102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma WA 98409; (253) 475-9843

[Photograph: grenade on Flickr]

Coffee Pot Rock in Sedona, AZ
Coffee Pot Rock in Sedona, AZ
Although you may have to squint a little to see its resemblance to a coffee pot (just a little bit—the spout is pretty obvious), this natural rock formation in the red mountainside of Sedona is undoubtedly the prettiest percolator we’ve ever seen.

Coffee Pot Rock Road, Sedona, AZ 86351

[Photograph: Alaskan Dude on Flickr]

Water Tower Coffee Pot in Stanton, IA
Water Tower Coffee Pot in Stanton, IA
Erected in 1971 as an homage to local actress Virginia Christine (a.k.a. “Mrs. Olson” from a series of Folger’s commercials) as well as the rich Swedish heritage of Stanton’s population, this homespun-if-humongous pot isn’t used as a water tower anymore, but remains a popular drive-by attraction. Perhaps to make up for its lack of practical use these days, the town arranged to have a complementary cup installed nearby in 2000.

Grand Avenue at Thorn Street, Stanton IA 51573

[Photograph: jimmywayne on Flickr]

Giant Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, NC
Giant Coffee Pot in Winston-Salem, NC
Originally built as a signpost for tinsmith Julius Mickey, this unusual pot has stood as a landmark since 1858, though it was relocated to its present spot in 1959 on account of local drivers forming the inconvenient habit of occasionally crashing their automobiles into it. (Perhaps it appeared as the caffeinated equivalent of a freshwater mirage to a parched dessert explorer?)

Brookstown Avenue at South Main Street, Winston-Salem NC 27103

[Photograph: miss_leslie on Flickr]