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

Published: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:00:01 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2006-2018, Doug Kirby, Ken Smith, Mike Wilkins

Space Center Houston, Houston, TX

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:07:44 -0500

Feature: Walk through the world's only piggyback Space Shuttle, touch a moon rock in The Lunar Vault, take a tram tour of Historic Mission Control. ...

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Wilson, NC

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:01:54 -0500

Feature: Public park features 30 giant restored whirligigs, folk art of the late Vollis Simpson, who built them in nearby Lucama. ...

Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, Bluff City, TN

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:33:14 -0500

Feature: Chris Kastner's back yard -- which covers six acres -- is populated with dozens of life-size dinosaurs and "The Funhouse," a haunt attraction only open a few days a year. ...

Transylvania's Moosnick Museum, Lexington, KY

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:32:46 -0500

Feature: Little-known collection of weird 19th century medical curiosities, including a two-headed baby, a giant hairball, and meat that fell from the sky in 1876. ...

World's Largest Pair of Overalls, Grand Island, NE

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:32:15 -0500

Feature: The world's largest pair of overalls scrape the ceiling in an 18-foot-high frame at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds. ...

Uranus, Uranus, MO

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:12:09 -0500

Visitor Tip: Future historians may wonder how John Strong Jr.s ...

Uranus, Uranus, MO

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 10:11:53 -0500

Feature: In the town of Uranus, a fudge shop offers many memorable photo-ops and souvenirs, ax-throwing, and, in Spring 2018, the World's Largest Sideshow Museum. ...

Traveling Sideshow Settles In Uranus

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 13:03:08 -0500

John Strong Jr.'s World's Largest Oldest Traveling Sideshow becomes the permanent World's Largest Sideshow Museum in Uranus, Missouri.

Lorraine Motel: National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 07:42:24 -0500

Feature: Where MLK was assassinated in 1968. ...

Irish Potato Famine Memorial, Boston, MA

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:51:42 -0500

Feature: Statues of "before" and "after" famine victims: sad and emaciated in Ireland, well-fed and smiling in America. ...

Queen of the Air

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 14:04:35 -0500

The Wright Brothers were long codified as achieving the first powered flight, in 1903. Maybe. Other flying machines claim to have flown earlier, and the "Queen of the Air" may be the earliest.

Binocular Viewers: The Better To See You With

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 19:28:48 -0600

They're called "Scenic Viewers" by some. The man who runs the company that builds the devices calls them "Binocular Viewing Machines."

William McKinley: Imperialist In The Crosshairs

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:03:37 -0600

He was once revered as a martyred President, assassinated in his second term. But modern McKinley fandom is in short supply.

Ax Marks The Spot

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:46:43 -0500

Today, the hot attraction is competitive ax-throwing.

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.