There was a time when gas stations were things of beauty or roadside novelty. Sure, today some are designed to be visually stunning like this Agro-crag looking fuel stop, but most are not. Here are some of the most eye-popping gas stations to ever dot the American road. (Some are still operational!)
Sometimes you build an airport and have some pieces leftover. Sometimes those pieces become the roof of a gas station. Jack Colker's Union 76 has one of the most dramatically stunning roofs ever put on a gas station thanks to using parts originally intended for LAX. They're still open too with many full-service pumps like the good ol' days, just beware they charge a pretty penny for these feelings of nostalgia.
There's not much to Shamrock, Texas, except Route 66 ran right through town. That was enough to inspire the Tower Conoco Station (and U-Drop Inn Cafe). The Great State of Texas is now working to turn the place into the coolest retro rest stop ever. (And be honest, you knew you recognized it from the movie Cars.)