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

Published: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:00:02 -0600

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

Sheet Metal Man Driving Tractor, Westfield, IA

Thu, 01 Jun 2051 23:00:00 -0600

Visitor Tip: "Sheetmetal Steve" (I just made that up) sits on an unstyled John Deere tractor that is pulling a plow. ...

Sit with Roger Ebert, Champaign, IL

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:25:56 -0600

Feature: Famous movie reviewer Roger Ebert watched movies in the Virginia Theatre when he was young. ...

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.

J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum, Claremore, OK

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:06:15 -0600

Feature: World's largest privately owned gun collection; if laid end-to-end the firearms would stretch over a mile. ...

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.

Political Art of M.T. Liggett, Mullinville, KS

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:03:02 -0600

Feature: Sculptures blown by the winds of politics, this Kansas man's viewpoint is writ in metal. ...

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.

Prehistoric Gardens, Port Orford, OR

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:28:13 -0600

Feature: A genuine rain forest shelters a collection of 23 primordial creature statues spread along a trail. ...

Giant Parade Rifle, Cody, WY

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:34:22 -0600

Feature: A big rifle spans the top of a gun shop off Cody's downtown, salvaged from the 1976 Bicentennial parade with John Wayne. ...

Don Q Inn, Dodgeville, WI

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:55:36 -0600

Feature: A crazier-than-most fantasy room motel. ...

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?

Civil War Tails: Miniature Catfight, Gettysburg, PA

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:02:57 -0600

Feature: Elaborate dioramas are populated by thousands of tiny hand-made cats in Civil War uniforms. ...

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.

Alcatraz East, Pigeon Forge, TN

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 17:51:19 -0600

Feature: America's most comprehensive museum of crime. ...

2017: Out of the Shadows

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:30:14 -0600

In August 2017, a rare total eclipse of the sun will slash across America, briefly tossing select tourist attractions into disturbing daytime darkness. But the rest of the 2017 Roadsider calendar lights up like an emergency flashlight of promising milestones and celebrations.

Gatlinburg Tourist Attractions: Fire Resistant

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:04:43 -0600

A firestorm destroyed parts of the tourist town of Gatlinburg on November 28, 2016. It resulted in over a dozen deaths, was devastating for homeowners... but did it destroy Gatlinburg's array of roadside attractions?

Anxious America, Bigger Button Museum

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:03:16 -0600

Buttons don't just hold clothes together; they hold forth with announcements, art, and opinions. It's those kinds of pin-back buttons that are made at the Busy Beaver Button Co., which in late November 2016 moved to a new location.

Michael Delligatti, Father of the Big Mac (1918-2016)

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:54:17 -0600

Michael Delligatti can eat all the Big Macs he wants in heaven, having passed away today at the age of 98. He invented the Big Mac nearly 50 years ago.