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

Published: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:00:02 -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. ...

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 6 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.

Johnny Kaw, Bigger Than Bunyan, Manhattan, KS

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 18:31:39 -0600

Feature: Instead of chopping trees, giant Johnny mows down acres of wheat with his super scythe. ...

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?

Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City, OK

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 18:01:20 -0600

Feature: Hundreds of animal (and human) skulls and skeletons, including over a half-dozen mutant calves. ...

Glore Psychiatric Museum, St. Joseph, MO

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:25:04 -0600

Feature: A giant "human hamster" treadmill is only one of many intriguing displays in a museum that shows how hard it is to make people sane. ...

Chimney Tree, Old Hobbiton USA, Phillipsville, CA

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:00:49 -0600

Feature: Attraction combined a room in the trunk of a still-living Redwood with a concrete-statue-and-hidden-speaker trail of J.R ...

Squirrel Cage Jail, Council Bluffs, IA

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:27:21 -0600

Feature: The largest revolving jail in the U.S ...

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.

Samurai Sword of Pilot Who Bombed Oregon, Brookings, OR

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:06:56 -0600

Feature: A forest near Brookings was firebombed by a Japanese pilot in World War II. ...

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.

Spiderwebman II, We Hope

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:13:46 -0600

Will Knight, proprietor of Knight's Spider Web Farm, says he hopes to revive his attraction in 2017 after a devastating fire burned down his web barn.

Sleep Well, Button King (1930-2016)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 08:08:48 -0600

Dalton Stevens, who said he never did get much sleep, now has gone to his eternal rest.

One Log House To Transcend Its One Loggedness

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:49:16 -0600

The new proprietors of the Famous One Log House, a vintage tree-home along California's Redwood Highway -- land of the Drive-Thru Trees -- want to diversify the flora of their plant-based attraction.