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

Published: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:00:02 -0500

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

East Meets West: Father of Route 66, Tulsa, OK

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:40:58 -0500

Feature: Where the horse-drawn wagon meets the motor car, at a symbolic mid-point on Route 66. ...

Museum of Physical Security, Nicholasville, KY

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:27:26 -0500

Feature: The personal lock collection of Harry Miller (1912-1998), from the 13th century to today, is the largest in the world. ...

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.

Bowl Plaza: America's Most Artistic Giant Toilet, Lucas, KS

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 20:51:09 -0500

Feature: The building is shaped like a toilet tank, the benches in front of the building are curved like a toilet seat, and the sidewalk in front undulates like an unspooled toilet roll. ...

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.

National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, MD

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 18:58:40 -0600

Feature: This museum has much to recommend, including amputations, embalming, a mummified human arm, and ghosts. ...

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.

Centaur of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:11:52 -0600

Feature: Unearthed in Greece in 1981, and displayed at the University of Tennessee since 1994. ...

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. ...

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.

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.