Is getting your car washed just one more thing to add to your to-do list? Does hitting up your local car wash leave you watching the clock in a dull waiting room? Well, you might be in the wrong place. Check out our list of the coolest car washes across the country — each one offers not only a variety of auto wash services, but also attractions and activities to enjoy while your vehicle is getting all shined up. For a summer road trip challenge, try visiting them all!
Green Forest Car Wash: Hawthorne, California
Green Forest Car Wash is the only jungle-themed car wash in the United States. Since 2009, Green Forest has continued to surprise, entertain, and please customers with a five-minute adventure drive through their jungle filled with elephants, giraffes, giant flowers, and monkeys. You might even experience a lightning storm during your visit! In addition to being fun and economical (services start at just $5), Green Forest is also very eco-friendly. They recycle 100% of their water in an above-ground reclamation system, and use top quality soaps and polishes that are certified Blue Coral® Beyond Green, meeting the strictest regulatory standards in North America. They also use only low energy motors to preserve electric resources and the environment.
NASCAR Car Wash: Romeoville, Illinois
According to July 2011 NASCAR Fan Council research, more than 75% of NASCAR fans take their cars to an automotive facility that is affiliated with NASCAR. The company behind the NASCAR Car Wash holds the exclusive license to build and brand NASCAR Car Washes in the U.S. and Canada, providing those NASCAR fans with a car wash experience unlike any other. Using the best and latest in car wash technology, including a dual belt conveyor system, NASCAR Car Washes have earned the WaterSavers® designation from the International Car Wash Association®, which recognizes efforts to use less water and reduce water pollution. Romeoville, IL is the original location, but be sure to check out the other NASCAR Car Washes in numerous locations across Illinois, and one in Michigan — you never know when a NASCAR driver might stop by!
Monster Car Wash Bar & Grill: Edinburg, Texas
Monster Car Wash Bar & Grill is a car wash, restaurant, and bar all in one! If you need to get in and out in a hurry, the folks at Monster will clean your car from stem to stern in five minutes using their soft-touch system. While you wait, enjoy the free peanuts in the restaurant and car wash lobby, direct TV on 5 large TVs, music videos, and internet access. If you get hungry, Monster offers everything from burgers and burritos to wings and sushi, along with with a full bar featuring margaritas, cocktails, and beer. Monster even features live music on selected nights – making this car wash the hottest spot in town.
Car Wash Theme Park: Cromwell, Connecticut
Cromwell’s Classic Auto Wash will take you back to those days when quirky roadside attractions dotted the American landscape. The Vento family offers a wide menu of top-notch car wash and detailing services. What’s different here is the outdoor decor. The little station is overrun with an eccentric collection of statues, including renditions of the Blues Brothers, a phone booth with Clark Kent changing into Superman, a giant Santa that serves as a local holiday favorite, along with a massive golf ball, and a lot more. As part tourist attraction and full-service car wash, Classic Auto Wash is one you’ve got to check out!
Dr. Gleem Car Wash: Houston, Texas
Dr. Gleem is really a “full-service” car wash. In addition to the full menu of car cleaning services, the shop has an auto repair bay where you can get an oil change, minor repairs, and even a state inspection. While you wait, you can satisfy your taste buds any time of day at the car wash’s Facundo’s Café for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can even get a trim or a coloring at Dr. Gleem’s in-house salon. This car wash does it all!