I have never been to the University of Maryland, but this statue on the campus of UMD makes me want to visit just so I can sit between them and have my picture taken. This photo and others of the bench/statue were taken by Shaun Farrell and can be found on his Flickr page.
A California man, who is more of a Transformer fan then I will ever be, has built a life-sized Transformer for his son. Tom Rhoads of Lemoore, California built the 18′ statue from an actual VW Beetle and lets people visit and admire the statue. Just make sure to follow the rules or Bumblebee will come to life and stomp you.
Lemoore is not exactly on the beaten path, but if you are road tripping between Los Angeles and San Francisco, it will probably be worth the trip.
Man Build life-size Bumblebee Transformer [@] dailystab