When Ray Kroc acquired the rights to Dick and Mac McDonald's restaurants in 1961 for a cool $2.7 million, never in a million years did he think that it would grow to become the worldwide food chain that it is today. He had a goal to expand the chain to 1,000 restaurants in the United States — a vision that was majorly surpassed.
As of today, there are 36,000 around the globe, 14,000 of which are in the US. In fact, the chains are so common in the United States that 75 percent of the country's population lives within a three-mile distance of a McDonald's.
Given its popularity, the chain's golden "M"-shaped arches have become one of the most iconic logos, decorating McDonald's locations from Kazakhstan to Norway to Guantanamo Bay and everywhere in between.
But there's one McDonald's that was forced to forgo its iconic yellow arches during its construction in 1993.
Sedona, Arizona, is known for its scenic landscape, red rocks and desert resorts — and city officials weren't happy with the interference the chain's bright colors would bring for its aesthetics. So, city representatives pushed back on its construction, and McDonald's ended up changing its iconic arches from gold to teal blue.
The vibrant creations have become a must-see for Sedona's tourists, many of whom add the location to their itinerary in between desert hikes and spa treatments.
But the southwestern state isn't the only place that's home to an unusual McDonald's. In fact, the country is packed with eccentrically-designed locations that showcase the chain's six-decade history. Take Independence, Ohio, which is home to the "Fancy" McDonald's for its ornate chandeliers and cascading staircases. Or the one in Roswell, N.M., which is built like a UFO and in Barstow, Calif., where the restaurant is built like a train.
Of course, these locations may not look like your regular Mickey D's, but each is branded with the chain's iconic logo and home to its signature menu. Take a look at some of the wildest locations in the slideshow above!