Nearly everyone enjoys driving their vehicle through the car wash and watching those colorful soap bubbles and oversized spinning brushes work their magic. And while almost all car washes offer a some version of those services, there are a few that go above and beyond to create an exhilarating experience for their customers. From offering enchiladas to decking out their drive-throughs in dinosaurs, these car washes are truly something else. These are the top-10 coolest car washes in the country.
1. H&H Car Wash & Coffee Shop in El Paso, TX
While you can count on a good car wash at H&H, the establishment is perhaps better known for its delicious Tex-Mex food and lovable owner, local 82-year-old legend Maynard Haddad, who’s been running the shop since 1958.
2. Green Forest Car Wash in Hawthorne, CA
With jungle plants, a towering Giraffe statue, and monkeys swinging from the ceiling, this car wash makes it feel as if you’re driving your vehicle right through the rainforest.
3. Delta Queen Car Wash in Campbell, CA
Built in the shape of a 19th century riverboat, this car wash has been a staple in Campbell, California since the 1960’s. A boardwalk extending out from the wash leads to a gift shop and café.
4. Jurassic Car Wash in Austin, TX
Open 24/7, this Jurassic-themed car wash delights drivers with animatronic dinosaurs that spit water. The service center also includes a pet wash to help you keep your furry friends nice and clean.
5. Happy Bays Car Wash in Sanford, FL
This 1950’s-themed car wash looks just like an old-fashioned movie theater with its marquee sign and art deco architecture. The self-service station is the perfect spot to snap a photo mid-road trip.
6. Monster Carwash Bar & Grill in Edinburg, TX
You can drive through the Monster Carwash in a matter of minutes, but why not stay awhile and enjoy a burger and beer at the adjacent bar? There’s even a back patio where live bands frequently play.
7. Elephant Car Wash in Seattle, WA
The first Elephant Car Wash opened in Seattle in 1951 and since then it has expanded to multiple locations. The business is best known for its pink neon elephant sign that is a welcome contrast to the grey Seattle skyline.
8. Mister Car Wash in Albuquerque, NM
Though it was known as the A1 Car Wash in the renowned television show “Breaking Bad,” this Albuquerque establishment goes by Mister Car Wash in real life. Sadly, you won’t see Walter White roaming the premises, but you can expect a squeaky-clean car after visiting this wash.
9. Van’s Car Wash in Muskegon, MI
On Halloween, this car wash turns haunted, all for a good cause. Volunteers dress up as ghouls and goblins and attempt to scare drivers parked in the wash. The cost of admission is all donated to a local charity.
10. Grand Prix Car Wash in Deerfield, IL
Voted best car wash on the North Shore, this Deerfield, Illinois business will give your vehicle the auto-racing treatment. The Grand Prix-themed shop offers detailing as well as express wash services.