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

Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:00:01 -0500

Copyright: Copyright 2006-2016, 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. ...

Doug Bast's House of History, Boonsboro, MD

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:32:21 -0500

Feature: Historical museum displays a real human arm with lodged bullet, and a bullet carved to resemble Abe Lincoln, among other odd exhibits. ...

Charles Dickens Land of Enchantment, Eureka Springs, AR

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:43:01 -0500

Feature: Long defunct 1980s era Christmas-themed attraction featured bubble-top cars designed by Darryl Starbird. ...

Bubble Top Cars of the Future, Afton, OK

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:03:33 -0500

Feature: 40,000 square feet of exotic vehicles, many of them built by Darryl Starbird, who lives next door. ...

Yesteryear Travel: Freedom Highway, Anywhere, Other

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:42:51 -0500

Visitor Tip: A busload of average American movie stars travels cross-country and learns about the USA's wonderful history and road system. ...

Area 101, Laytonville, CA

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:31:31 -0500

Feature: Otherworldly scenes painted on buildings, and a lack of specificity or advertised purpose, add to the mysterious allure of Area 101. ...

Gettysburg Dime Museum, Gettysburg, PA

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:57:44 -0500

Feature: The personal collection of Mark Kosh includes everything from a human shrunken head, to a room of serial killer memorabilia, to Abraham Lincoln's last bowel movement (in a tasteful frame). ...

1,400 Teapots, Brookings, OR

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:14:50 -0500

Feature: A large collection of teapots, collected over decades, fill the walls of a cafe. ...

Chapman's Gem and Mineral Museum, Fortuna, CA

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 16:11:46 -0500

Feature: Exotic rocks and minerals collected by one family is exhibited as a free museum. ...

Sinful Sign Scam in Sin City

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19:22:10 -0500

Reports surfaced of scam artists working at the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign...

Gods In The House

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:41:37 -0500

Author Neil Gaiman is a fan of Roadside America, particularly when it comes to his fantasy novel "American Gods."

Lost Doggie Diner Head Resurrected, Sort Of

Fri, 20 May 2016 14:14:47 -0500

Typically we'd flag a tip like this as a shaggy dog tale, if it wasn't for the photographic evidence and the veracity of its source.

Sun Setting on Foamhenge

Mon, 02 May 2016 09:46:54 -0500

The megalithic masterpiece has been given "the official pink slip" by the state of Virginia and will be gone (or moved elsewhere) by August 1st, 2016.

Sweet 16: Looks Like a Beauty

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:50:20 -0600

2015 was a year that pundits proclaimed was a downer, but in the Roadside universe it rolled along with few potholes or washouts.

Vacation of a Lifetime

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:43:48 -0600

For a generation of roadside fans, the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation" (1983) defined the horror and wonder of the American road trip.

Don’t Pave On Me

Sat, 05 Sep 2015 16:11:19 -0500

Tree in Road, Brayton, Iowa. Roads rule in America. The idea that something as easily bulldozed as a tree could force a detour seems preposterous. Yet it has happened, and the stubborn stay-putters have become pilgrimage destinations for the rest of us. We draw strength from their tenacity; perhaps we, too, will not be asphalted […]

Building the Roadside Capital of the World

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 19:11:19 -0500

Cave City, Kentucky, is the Roadside Attraction Capital of the World. The world doesn't know that yet, but Will Russell does.

Looking Forward: Walk-Thru Shuttle, Sidewalk Sea Monster

Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:46:45 -0600

We’ve been at this game long enough to know that promised roadside wonders have a way of vanishing like icy beverages out of a back seat cooler in July. Rumors, press releases, and premature news stories set the stage for disappointment. And yet, 2014 was a year when many promises came true, even those that sounded […]

Dr. Mütter: Surgeon Behind the Specimens

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:49:50 -0600

Philadelphia's Mütter Museum started as the ultimate cabinet of curiosities, and for all the right reasons. Review of a biography of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, pioneering surgeon and doctor of the monsters.