If you've ever taken a road trip through the southeast United States, there's a good chance that you've stopped at South of the Border — or that you at least know that it exists. It's hard to explain what this attraction is to someone who's never been there before. It's more than just a rest stop with a cool gift shop, so it's probably best described as a roadside attraction, even though that phrase doesn't fully encompass the experience, either.
Whether you make South of the Border a regular part of your road trip traditions or you've never heard of it before, you're probably going to be intrigued by this TikTok video from @thegamblercivic. This is wild!
Despite the fact that it's called South of the Border and involves a lot of campy stereotypes of what people think Mexico is, this attraction is actually found in South Carolina. If you stop there while driving, you won't just find a truck stop, bathrooms, and a massive gift shop — you'll also see that there's a mini-theme park, multiple restaurants, and even live reptiles you can visit with. There's even a hotel and RV campground if you want to stay overnight!
And according to this TikTok video, there are also plenty of conspiracy theories to go along with the landmark — mostly because, as the OP of the video pointed out, travelers will often arrive to find the facilities empty, making them wonder how it's staying in business.
In a follow up video, the OP went into further detail about the conspiracy theories. One is that the site is used as a front for money laundering, and the other is that they're a location for the trade of "substances," since South of the Border is located conveniently at the halfway point between New York and Florida.
Conspiracy theories aside, this is a pretty cool place to check out if you're passing through, especially if you love campy roadside attractions like this. Maybe you'll have your own theories after you visit yourself.