One of the most popular synonyms for McDonald's is, of course, the "Golden Arches". Inspired by the giant yellow M which adorns their packaging and heads up their restaurants, it's what we all look for when we're strolling (or driving) along the street in desperate need of some quick, cheap, and oh-so-satisfying fast food. But it turns out that there's one McDonald's branch where its famous arches are not gold, but turquoise. Begging the question: why? What makes this branch so different?!
In the US alone, there are a whopping 14,000 branches of the popular chain, but only one McDonald's has turquoise arches. Located in Sedona, Arizona, this change was the result of the city's very stringent building rules, which were introduced in a bid to preserve its natural beauty and landscapes filled with red rocks - for which it's famous.
To see the turquoise arches in all their glory (and tourists posing with them), check out the video below:
When McDonald's first opened up it the city in 1993, officials had a problem with the golden arches because, in their opinion, it clashed with the red of the landscape. So they offered McDonald's an alternative: make its arches turquoise.
Hilariously, although this was done in a bid to make the McDonald's as inconcpicious as possible, it ended up doing the complete opposite and now the turquoise arched branch is a must-see for visitors - and it's literally all because of the arches.
Seriously, nothing about its interior is different from any other McDonald's and it serves exactly the same menu, but that when you're a hardcore Big Mac eating, French fry chomping McDonald's fan, the slightest difference is worth seeing.
The arches glow at night too, which I guess makes them cool (but this isn't enough of a draw for me to visit this branch specifically). And even though they were painted turquoise 25 years ago, the story's recently been doing the rounds again.
According to locals, it's not uncommon to see tourists posing by the turquoise arches. Whatever floats your boat, eh?!
Given how much attention this branch has been getting, maybe McDonald's should take a leaf out of the Sedona government's book and alter the color of its arches (which have been yellow since 1953) to reflect the landscape of its various branches, as it turns out that it's an unlikely, but nonetheless popular tourist attraction!