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Offbeat Tourist Attractions, Museums, Monuments - Road Trips, News, and Reviews

Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:00:02 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2006-2017, Doug Kirby, Ken Smith, Mike Wilkins

Giant Typewriter Eraser, Las Vegas, NV

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:35:53 -0500

Feature: Artist Claes Oldenburg sculpted this old fashioned eraser. ...

Teapot Dome Gas Station, Zillah, WA

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:42:41 -0500

Feature: Why build a gas station in the shape of a teapot? ...

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis, TN

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 15:01:56 -0500

Feature: Built on the site of the 1960s-70s soul label Stax Records. ...

Pocahontas, the Princess Giant, Pocahontas, IA

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 17:55:10 -0500

Feature: Impressive sculpture of the town's namesake, 25 feet tall, stands next to a road that doesn't get a lot of traffic. ...

Wonders of Wildlife, Springfield, MO

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 18:01:13 -0500

Feature: An aquarium/taxidermy museum more lavish than other lavish aquarium/taxidermy museums. ...

Replica Cardiff Giant, Fort Dodge, IA

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:24:44 -0500

Feature: Full-size copy of the famous prank. ...

Lincoln Frees a Slave, Washington, DC

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:17:53 -0500

Feature: "Emancipation" portrays President Lincoln waving a hand over a slave crouching at his feet. ...

Giddy-Up Daddy: Bil Keane Horsy Ride Statue, Scottsdale, AZ

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:29:28 -0500

Feature: Cartoonist Bil Keane is remembered in the town where he lived with a sculpture showing him providing a human horsy ride to characters from his Family Circus syndicated comic strip. ...

Navajo Code Talker Statue, Phoenix, AZ

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:05:36 -0500

Feature: Larger than life bronze sculpture of a WWII combat radioman -- a Navajo "code talker" conversing in his indecipherable native language to another Code Talker. ...

Origins of a Cursed Pyramid

Sun, 14 May 2017 18:24:39 -0500

Memphis was the capital of Ancient Egypt, but it didn't have giant pyramids (Egypt's famous pyramids were miles away in Giza).

Prince Edward Island Vanishes From Canada’s Maps

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:02:05 -0500

Prince Edward Island in Canada is known as "the cradle of Confederation." it's a pastoral place that has only 0.1 percent of Canada's land but produces 25 percent of its potatoes.

Latest Thrill: Taking a Dump in New Jersey

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:20:17 -0600

For decades New Jersey was used and abused as a landfill by its urban neighbors, dotted with smelly, heaping, seagull-infested mini-mountains packed with everything from New York City's garbage to Philadelphia's dead mobsters.

Party’s Over On Post-Apocalyptic Highway

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:57:47 -0600

Since the early 1990s, a three-quarter mile stretch of Pennsylvania Highway 61 has been closed - blocked with berms of earth at both ends - because the ground beneath it is on fire.

Palace On A Budget: No Bread For Corn

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:30:45 -0600

Tourists who visit South Dakota's Mitchell Corn Palace in 2017 may notice something familiar: the same outdoor Corn Palace murals that decorated the building in 2016.

Dust Up At The Action Figure Museum

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:30:41 -0600

How do you clean a collection of over 13,000 toys and action figures? At the Toy and Action Figure Museum, it's a matter of logistics.

Happy Birthday Twine Ball Man

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:37:40 -0600

JFK - that's James Frank Kotera, not John F. Kennedy - turned 70 on Groundhog Day, 2017. JFK is the creator and solitary roller of what may be the World's Largest Ball of Twine.

A Uniter, Not A Divider

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:30:52 -0600

In a time when Americans yearn for someone to bring them together, David Bakara knows who that someone is.

Hot Wax: Presidents For Sale

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:04:53 -0600

Does the price an American pays for a wax President reveal how Americans feel about the Presidents themselves?

The 7 Death Cars of Bonnie and Clyde

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:06:16 -0600

On our trip to the new Alcatraz East attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, we met an old friend: the Bonnie and Clyde Death Car from the 1967 Faye Dunaway/Warren Beatty movie.