Only McDonald’s in the world without a golden arch becomes major tourist attraction

It’s a big old world out there, but no matter where you go, you’re almost guaranteed to stumble across the iconic McDonald’s golden arches.

The big ‘M’ is a global symbol, which signals the home of the Big Mac, the McChicken Nuggets and the McFlurry, well, if the machine is working that day.

But, while the world renowned sign is known in almost every corner of the earth for representing the fast food franchise, it turns out that one branch has managed to completely forego the iconic golden arch in favour of more subtle signage.

A McDonald’s branch in the town of Sedona, Arizona, is the only Maccies in the entire world which doesn’t have a golden M.

The fast food restaurant, which opened in 1993, actually has a unique pale blue M, which sits tastefully on a brown, rugged-looking building, but why?

Well, when planning for the McDonald’s branch began, almost three decades ago, local councillors feared the globally recognisable golden M would take away from the stunning beauty of the local area, which is surrounded by desert landscape. You can kind of see where they’re coming from.

In actual fact there are laws in Sedona, which mean that buildings are not permitted to intrude on the natural scenery of the area, prompting the village to opt for the big blue M instead.

But, ironically, the uniqueness of the blue arches has actually become somewhat of a tourist hotspot, which has led to thousands of Big Mac loving tourists descending on the quiet village, just to take pictures of the blue arches. Seriously.

Anyway, despite its unusual store marketing, you can still happen to pick up your usual Big Mac and fries, or whatever takes your fancy, next time you happen to be passing through Sedona.