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

Published: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:00:02 -0500

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

A&W Root Beer Family, Hillsboro, OR

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:06:13 -0500

Feature: A happy 1960s vintage outdoor statue display. ...

Mummified Human Arm, Norwich, CT

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:35:35 -0500

Feature: Surrounded by priceless works of art and serious artifacts of history, the ropey, desiccated arm and hand of an Egyptian mummy is an unexpected treat. ...

White Sands: Alien Dunescape, Alamogordo, NM

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:03:23 -0500

Feature: Ride snow saucers year-round down towering dunes of gypsum crystals that cover hundreds of square miles. ...

Sheriff's Museum: Heaven's Gate, San Diego, CA

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:36:00 -0500

Feature: In 1997 the San Diego County Sheriff's Dept. ...

Stanley Hammell's Insulator Forest, Galloway, NJ

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:46:04 -0500

Feature: Retired carpenter Stanley Hammell collected glass electrical pole insulators for 20 years and arranged them on his yard fence, poles, and structures. ...

Patsy Cline Museum, Nashville, TN

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:53:16 -0500

Feature: See Patsy's gold lame pants, her cowboy boot cigarette lighter, and her wristwatch of death. ...

Lincoln Train Museum, Gettysburg, PA

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:27:06 -0500

Feature: Miniature trains, plus nostalgia and pop culture memorable -- but the real draw here is the opportunity to ride aboard a replica Lincoln Funeral Train with your host: Abe's ghost. ...

Dream Machine: Towering Space Mushroom, Las Vegas, NV

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 08:07:34 -0500

Feature: 26 feet tall and metallic, Dream Machine has been compared to a jellyfish, an alien fungus, or the mushroom cloud of a nuclear bomb. ...

Graceland, Memphis, TN

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:18:55 -0500

Feature: The forever home of Elvis, and still a pilgrimage destination for his never-lessening legion of fans. ...

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.

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.

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.

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.