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Adair, IA
James Gang Train Robbery
Jessie James' First Train Robbery in the West - On July 21, 1873 Jessie James (1847-1882) derailed and robbed a Rock Island Lines train, making this the first train robbery west of the Mississippi. The gang robbed the express manager of his cash and helped themselves to the passenger's cash and jewelry. The $3,000 in cash and jewelry was far short of the $75,000 Frank and Jessie expected to be on the train. The James Gang is said to have robbed a dozen banks and half a dozen trains. There is a monument and the piece of actual railroad track that the James' Gang separated to derail the train.
 
Adamsville, RI
Big Chickens
Rhode Island Red Monument - The Rhode Island Red Chicken Monument, erected in 1925, commemorates the birthplace of the most famous fowl in the Rhode Island and its state bird - the Rhode Island Red Chicken. Known for its distinctive red color, toughness and prolific egg laying capabilities, the Rhode Island Red is the perfect free-range chicken. The breed was created in the 1850s by crossing a Malay chicken imported from England with several other domestic breeds. Which makes me ask, why did the chicken cross the Rhode? Because he wanted to sunbathe on Block Island.
 
Alliance, NE
A Great Roadside Attraction
Carhenge - You guessed it, Carhenge is America's version of Stonehenge, only made with cars instead of boring stones. Jim Reinders built this monument as a memorial to his father who passed away in 1982. Carhenge was completed in 1987 using 38 gray spray-painted vintage cars arranged in a 96 foot diameter circle. The interesting part is the sculpture was designed to appear as ruins, with vehicles having fallen off their pedestals and others buried as if from thousands of years of neglect. This is one of my favorite interpretations of Stonehenge in the nation (and there are a lot of 'em).
 
Amarillo, TX
Hangin' out at the Cadillac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch - Just west of the city limit sign of Amarillo is the world famous Cadillac Ranch. This pop art work is made up of ever changing multi-colored Cadillacs (1949-1963) buried nose first in the ground at the angle of the Cheops Pyramids. Stanley Marsh, the creator, artist, and eccentric helium millionaire put them there as a monument to the "golden age" of American Automobiles. This is a great place to spend a few minutes and think about the goofy things humans do in their spare time. Remember to bring a can of spray paint.
 
Angle Inlet, MN
Northernmost Point
Northernmost Point of Contiguous US - The only way to get to the Northern Most Point of the Contiguous US by car is to go through Canada. This little piece of Minnesota called the Northwest Angle is surrounded by water on one side, and Manitoba and Ontario Canada on the others. It is the only location in the lower 48 states that is north of the 49th parallel. Customs to and from the area is a hassle, but once there enjoy some great fishing, pay a visit to Fort St Charles (a reproduction of the 1700s trading post), find real arrowheads on the beach, or hang out at the most northerly Post Office. There is also a 9 hole golf course right next to the Post Office.
 
Arco, ID
The Birthplace of Nuclear Power
First Experimental Breeder Reactor - The world's First Experimental Breeder Reactor, aptly initialed EBR-1, began generating electricity on December 20, 1951. It started out by only producing enough electricity to light a couple of light bulbs, but it proved that nuclear power was a viable source of electricity. Then within a day it was producing enough power to light an entire building. Self-guided and guided tours are available where you can take photos - in case you want to build your own breeder reactor. Outside the main building are two enormous experimental nuclear powered jet engines. Although successfully tested, it was an idea that never took off. Get, it? Took off. Airplanes take off. Oh never mind.
 
Austin, MN
Spammy and Socko
SPAM Museum - The SPAM Museum is 16,500 square feet of everything you ever wanted to know about the canned meat SPAM. The first thing you learn from the "spambassadors" is that the word SPAM is the combination of the two words "spiced" and "ham". Who knew? From there you meet Spammy the SPAM mascot, then educate yourself at the Cyber Dinner, catch an informative short film, see Monty Python's SPAM skit, and then test your canning skills on an assembly line. After touring and munching on all of the "spamples" you can eat, head to the gift shop and pick out any of a number of really great SPAM gifts. I got a pair of shorts for Jes that say "SPAM" across her cute monkey butt.
 
Bangor, ME
Birthplace of Paul Bunyan
Paul Bunyan Statue - As the story goes, Paul Bunyan was born in Bangor, Maine and was such a large baby that he had to be delivered to his parents by 5 giant storks. His enormous size enabled him to create the Great Lakes as a watering hole for his ox Babe and dig the Grand Canyon just by dragging his axe. The first article about Paul Bunyan was written in 1906 by James MacGillivray and stories have been told ever since. A 31 foot tall, 3,700 lbs statue is dedicated to this giant man and is located in downtown Bangor (which in the 1800s was the "Lumber Capital of the World").
 
Belle Fourche, SD
In the Middle of No Where?
Geographic Center of the United States - In 1959, after Alaska and Hawaii became part of the United States, this spot became the geographic center of the US. When you look at the map near Belle Fourche you will see two markers, the one in Belle Fourche is the "Geographic Center of the U.S Monument" and a little north is the actual "Geographic Center of the U.S". The monument is sometimes crowded, so you may want to head to the survey marker. Granted you will have to travel a dirt road, climb through a barbed-wire fence, and walk a short distance, but it's worth it.
 
Bellow Falls, VT
Alien Petroglyphs?
Petroglyphs - Along the slippery slopes of the Connecticut River and carved into a large granite boulder are several oval alien-looking faces. These faces are said to be up to 2,000 years old and possibly celebrating a successful fish catch. This is all speculation of course. To see the little aliens you can stand on the Vilas Bridge and look roughly 50 feet south (in the direction of the current) along the right hand side of the river. Or you can take your life into your own hands, climb down, and get right next to them. Being a sock monkey I chose the later and fell tail over tea-kettle to the bottom. Please be careful.
 
Bemidji, MN
Paul and Babe
Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox - There are Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues all the way from Maine to California, but no state has more than Minnesota. One of the most photogenic was created in 1937 and is located on the shore of Lake Bemidji. This 18 foot tall, two and half ton Paul Bunyan statue was built for the 1937 Winter Carnival and later teamed up with his colorful ox Babe in 1939. It is located right next to the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce which houses a few notable Paul Bunyan artifacts. And if you need to see more of Paul and Babe, head to nearby Akeley or Brainerd.
 
Bethel, NY
Woodstock Marker
Woodstock - Woodstock is considered the greatest music event in rock history and was held Aug 15-17, 1969 on a 600 acre dairy farm owned by Max Yasgur. Over 30 bands were in the line-up including Jimi Hendrix, Joan Beaz, Jefferson Airplane, CCR, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin and The Who. Crowds of 250,000 were expected to show up, but with the big name line-up and the possibility of getting in free, the crowd surged to over half a million. Of course if everyone who said they were there actually were, the crowd would have been at least 5 million strong. I was there.........well, not in 1969, but I did sit on the colorful marker with my trophy girlfriend Jess.
 
Blackfoot, ID
Inside the Tater Museum
Idaho Potato Museum - Potatoes were first introduced to northern Idaho in the early 1830s by Henry Harmon Spalding a Presbyterian missionary. But it took until the early 1900s before the famous Russet Burbank potato arrived. This variety of tuber is larger than most, tastes great and is more resistant to blight. The Idaho Potato Museum takes visitors through the history of potatoes in Idaho with exhibits, photos, farm implements, and even the world's largest potato chip made by the Pringles Company. Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the first to introduce French Fries to America? True dat.
 
Blanchard, ND
No Matter What - It's Tall
The Nation's Tallest Man-Made Structure - Standing at 2,063 feet tall, the KVLY-TV tower is the nation's largest man-made structure and the second tallest man-made structure in the world. Completed in 1963, it held the title as the largest man made structure until 1974, when it was out-done by a tower in Poland. As luck would have it, the Polish tower collapsed in 1991 (insert Polish joke here) and for 10 more years it was number one. Now the Burj Dubai tower in the United Arab Emirates out does it by about 600 feet. So we will just change the category and say the KVLY-TV tower is the tallest supported man-made structure in the world. Take that Dubai.
 
Bloomfield Township, MI
Last Known Location of Jimmy Hoffa
Jimmy Hoffa - James Riddle Hoffa (1913-1982) was the President of the Teamsters Union from 1958 to 1971. He built the trucker's union from a mere 75,000 members up past the one million member mark. After spending time in prison for bribery and fraud, Hoffa was again looking to regain his leadership role with the union. Then in the early afternoon of July 30, 1975 Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, never to be seen again. He was last seen waiting in the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant (now called Andiamo Italia West). Nobody has ever been arrested in connection with his disappearance and although half of Michigan has been dug up, his body has never been discovered.
 
Blue Earth, MN
White Snow on a Green Giant in Blue Earth
Jolly Green Giant - In the valley of the Jolly - HO HO HO - Green Giant, stands an enormous scantily clad statue. This 55 foot tall fiberglass Jolly Green Giant is the 8th tallest statue in the United States and he welcomes visitors to the small town of Blue Earth (Blue Earth is only a stone's throw from Le Sueur where the Green Giant Vegetable Company was founded). The giant can easily be spotted from the interstate, and is a must-see for roadside attraction enthusiasts like me. Now, I didn't see Little Green Sprout anywhere, but he must be around somewhere.
 
Boring, MD
Waiting at the Boring Post Office
Boring - The next time the little monkeys proclaim, "I'm bored", take them on vacation to the town of Boring. There isn't a lot to this little village, maybe 50 buildings, but it sure makes for a good photo-op. There is the Boring Post Office where you can send Boring letters, the Boring Methodist Church with Boring sermons, and the Boring Fire Department that puts out Boring Fires. The town does host the annual Boring Antique Gas Engine Show which also features a small flea market. Of course if that's boring to you, you could head west to Accident, Maryland.
 
Boston, MA
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Cheers - Originally named the Bull & Finch Pub, Cheers Beacon Hill became famous when its exterior was used in the opening shots of the long running comedy series Cheers (1982-1993). Even though the series ended years ago, people still lineup outside for a "wicked awesome" photo next to the Cheers sign and then head inside for a cold beer with Norm. The interior of the building is a maze of bars, gift shops, and props from the TV show, although the bar isn't an exact replica of the comedy series bar. For that, head over to Cheers Feneuil Hall. They will know your name there too.
 
Branson, MO
I'm King of the World!!!
Titanic Museum - The real Titanic may have sunk on April 15, 1912, but you can still board the Titanic Museum in Branson. The Titanic Museum is billed as the "World's Largest Museum Attraction". Upon entry, boarding passes are handed out by British stewards. These passes include the name of a person on the ship that fateful night, and at the end of the tour you find out if they survived or perished. Inside the Titanic is a replica of the Grand Staircase, an iceberg, props from the movie, 1st and 3rd class cabins, several videos, replicas of the Titanic on the ocean floor, hundreds of documents and more. An audio tour is recommended and it includes narrations from actual survivors. At the end of the tour I found out my guy survived. Whew!!!
 
Brookings, OR
Japanese Bombing of the Mainland
Japanese Bomb Site - On September 9 and 29, 1942 a small Japanese airplane piloted by Nobuo Fujita and Okuda Shoji dropped a total of 4 incendiary bombs on the mainland of the US. Their hope was to set the woods of Oregon on fire, which would then sweep through the west coast cities causing mass panic. Fortunately for the US, three of the bombs failed and the one near Brookings only started a small fire. The bomb site is roughly 19 miles southeast of the city and requires some careful driving along a sometimes scary dirt road and then a one mile hike.
 
Buffalo, NY
Best Buffalo Wings
Birthplace of the Buffalo Wing - While working the kitchen at the Anchor Bar and Restaurant one night in 1964, Teressa Bellissimo deep fried some chicken wings and applied a secret sauce for some customers. From that point on, the lowly chicken wing that once was only used for soup had a delicious new purpose. The Anchor Bar is a fun place to visit, with license plates affixed to the walls and motorcycles hanging from the rafters, but the main attraction are the wings. Hear ye, hear ye, these are not only the first Buffalo wings ever made, but without-a-doubt the best Buffalo wings ever made.
 
Camden, TN
I Go Walkin' After Midnight
Patsy Cline Crash Site - On March 5th 1969 Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley) along with Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Randy Hughes were flying to Nashville in a single engine airplane, crashed and lost their lives. Patsy was a country music super-star at the time with her hits, "Crazy", "Walkin' After Midnight" and "I Fall to Pieces". She is still considered one of the most influential female vocalists of our time. Her death shocked Nashville, but it wasn't a surprise to her. For years Patsy had told friends of her premonitions about her death even saying she probably wouldn't live past the age of 30.
 
Cawker City, KS
One Big Ball of Twine
World's Largest Ball of Twine - The World's Largest Ball of Twine was started by Frank Stoeber in 1953 and currently measures 7,801,766 feet and weighs 17,886 lbs. For a time the record was held by a fellow twine roller in Darwin, Minnesota, but the entire town of Cawker City pitched in and wrapped this behemoth back to the lead. The sign in front of the ball states the twine rollers philosophy "Thrift + Patience = Success". The is also a very accurate weather station.
 
Chester, IL
Home of Popeye the Sailor Man
Popeye - Popeye, the spinich eating cartoon character with the enormous forarms and a big heart was created by Chester native Elzie Segar and first debuted in 1929. Starting out as a bit character in the Thimble Theater comic strip, his popularity quickly rose and he became the comic strip's central focus. Popeye went on to star in films, comics, cartoons and even advertisements. The small town of Chester honors Segar and Popeye with a six foot bronze statue of the sailor, a Popeye Museum, and an annual Popeye Picnic. Sing along - I'm strong to the finich 'cause I eats me spinach, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man. Toot Toot.
 
Chester, Hancock,, WV
Brrrr - I Could Use Some Hot Tea
World's Largest Teapot - Created in 1938 by owner William "Babe" Devon, the World's Largest Teapot was originally a gigantic root beer barrel. Babe wrapped the plus-sized barrel in tin, added a lid, spout and handle that converted it into the shape we see today. For years the unique structure drew in passer-bys off the highway and served as a concession stand and souvenir shop. The brightly painted teapot now stands as a symbol of the town of Chester.
 
Chicago, IL
Dillinger's Last Movie
Gangsters - Chicago has seen its share of gangsters and organized crime - from Al Capone and Bugs Moran (the site of the St Valentine's Day Massacre is near Lincoln Park) to John Dillinger. John Dillinger (1903-1934) was the FBI's first Public Enemy Number 1. Wanted for murder and for robbing dozens of banks, the notorious criminal's last hours were spent watching the film "Manhattan Melodrama" in Chicago with his girlfriend and the Woman in Red. As he exited the Biograph Theater, FBI agents shot him from behind. For an accurate and interesting tour of Chicago's gangster past, take the "Untouchable Tour" which visits all of the notorious mobster haunts.
 
Chico, CA
The Home of Big Yo
National Yo-Yo Museum - Filled with a great selection of toys, novelties, clothing, and gifts, the Chico original store "Bird in Hand" has a big surprise in the back - the world's largest working yo-yo. The 50 inch, 256 lb yo-yo entitled "Big Yo" is a 1982 Guinness Book of World Records holder and is part of the National Yo-Yo Museum within the store. The Yo-Yo Museum has hundreds of world class yo-yos, including antiques from the 1920s and past competition winners. Chico is also the site of the National Yo-Yo Contest held each October, which is the longest running National Championship.
 
Cholame, CA
James Dean Memorial
James Dean Crash Site - James Dean (1931-1955), famous for acting roles in "Rebel without a Cause" and "East of Eden" was also a part-time road racer. He just purchased a new Porsche 550 Spyder for an upcoming race and showed it to fellow actor Alec Guinness who exclaimed, "if you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week". A week later while driving west down State Route 46, Dean's car was hit nearly head-on by Donald Turnupseed who swerved into his lane. The rising star died within minutes of the accident. The crash site is at the intersection of State Route 46 and 41 and a memorial is set up at the Jack Ranch Cafe just west of there.
 
Cincinnati, OH
Signs Signs Everywhere are Signs
American Sign Museum - The neon glow of yesteryear is brought back to life at the American Sign Museum. The museum houses a nearly 4,000 piece collection of Americana spanning roughly 100 years. Included in the collection are antique restaurant, bar, motel, gas station and pharmacy signs all restored and lit up for your enjoyment. An interesting tour details the history and growth of the American sign industry. It's great to see the old Big Boy and Holiday Inn signs that were around when I was young.
 
Clear Lake, IA
The Day the Music Died
Buddy Holly's Crash Site - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson (The Big Bopper) and the pilot Roger Peterson crashed near Clear Lake on February 3, 1959. Don McLean called it "The Day the Music Died" in his classic song "American Pie". The day of the crash Waylon Jennings gave up his seat on the plane to an ill Big Bopper and decided to take a bus instead. Upon hearing Jennings wasn't going to fly, Buddy Holly said to him, "Well, I hope your bus freezes up." Jennings replied, "Well, I hope your plane crashes." A monument and four trees (one for each victim) mark the site.
 
Clearfield, PA
Huge Hamburgers
World's Largest Hamburgers - Clearfield is a small town of around 6,000 people and if you want to find most of them, they are at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub enjoying a tasty burger. This small pub in the middle of nowhere is home to the World's Largest Hamburgers including the 6 pound "Ye old 96er", the 15 pound "Beer Barrel Belly Buster" and the 25 pound "Beef-a-nator". The Guinness Book of World Records proclaims Denny's serves the largest burgers in the world. What is the biggest you ask? The 123 pounder, which is 80 lbs of beef and 43 lbs of bun and fixin's. You may not have room for dessert.
 
Cleveland, GA
The Birthplace of Cabbbage Patch Dolls
Babyland General Hospital - Cabbage Patch Kids were first created by Xavier Roberts in 1978 and were the must-have Christmas toy in the 1983. Today you can still "adopt" one of these children right where they are born, in Babyland General Hospital. The hospital is set up with doctors and nurses handling the birthing process of these little chubby-cheeked kids. There is a maternity ward, nursery, adoption-center and gift shop. Choose from a large selection of Cabbage Patch Kids, Preemies, Newborns, and Preschool Kids available at the hospital.
 
Clinton, MT
Montana Tendergroin
Testicle Festival - Call them what you want, "Montana Tendergroin", "Rocky Mountain Oysters", "Calf Fries" or "Swinging Beef", you'll find them at the Testicle Festival. The annual festival attracts over 15,000 party goers who flock to Clinton's Rock Creek Lodge to "have a ball". The testicles are beer battered and deep fried and are usually washed down with large quantities of Bull Snort Brew (brewed just for the festival by Big Sky Brewing). Be warned, this isn't a family event. You must be 21 years old to enter because there are wet t-shirt contests, oil wrestling, and occasional random nudity.
 
Coffeyville, KS
Playing Possum with the Daltons
Dalton Defenders Museum - The Dalton Gang attempted to rob two banks at the same time in broad daylight in Coffeyville, Kansas on October 5, 1892. The Dalton Defenders Museum is dedicated to the citizens who lost their lives making sure they didn't succeed. Eight people died that day, four of the five Dalton Gang members, three townspeople, and the town Marshall. Inside the museum you will find the horse drawn hearse that carried the Dalton Gang, an 1800s store facade, and an assortment of guns and pictures. Outside you can retrace the final steps of the gang and see where each man fell.
 
Coldfoot, AK
On Top of the World
Arctic Circle - Roughly 200 miles north of Fairbanks, on a fairly treacherous stretch of muddy road (decorated with crosses to remind you to be careful) is the Arctic Circle. Since the Arctic Circle loops around the entire Earth, this one road isn't the only way to get there, but it is about the only way in the USA. This artificial line is at 66 degrees and 33 feet north latitude, and during the summer solstice, the sun shines for 24 hours and during the winter solstice,the sun hides for 24 hours. There is a small picnic area, viewing area and restrooms at the location. Plus it's only 375 more miles to Deadhorse.
 
Corbin, KY
Finger Lickin' Good
Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum - Corbin Kentucky is home of the first Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). The Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum is located on the spot of the original service station where Colonel Sanders first served his customers. Inside the museum is the kitchen where the Colonel mixed together his 11 herbs and spices and perfected his Original Recipe. The dining area is restored to its initial 1940s design and is filled with interesting facts and a life-sized statue of the Colonel himself.
 
Custer, SD
Yabba Dabba Doo!
Flintstone's Bedrock City - Yabba Dabba Doo! Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and Dino are all alive and well in Flintstone's Bedrock City. The theme park is designed primarily for children 10 and under and is a cute place to take the little monkeys. You can ride a Flintmobile and Iron Horse Train, eat Brontoburgers or visit Mt Rockmore. Barney and Fred are never too far away and always make for a good photo op. Right next door is the Bedrock Campground so you can sleep close to the your favorite prehistoric families.
 
Cut Bank, MT
Are There Penguins in Montana?
Penguin - On the east end of Cut Bank is a 27 foot tall Penguin proclaiming this town to be "the coldest spot in the nation". I've never verified that claim, but who is a 20 inch sock monkey to argue with a 3 story penguin. The statue was built in 1989, weighs roughly 5 tons and holds the record for being the world's largest penguin. As an added bonus, he talks. Cut Bank is right on the way to Glacier National Park, so drop in and say "hi" to the penguin. He needs a name though....I'll call him "Waddles".
 
Darwin, MN
Just Four Short Hours Away!!!
Second Largest Ball of Twine - Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Vacation said to his family, "Boat leaves in two minutes or perhaps you don't want to see the second largest ball of twine on the face of the earth, which is only four short hours away?" Well, that Second Largest Ball of Twine he was referring to is in Darwin Minnesota. Wound by Francis Johnson who spent four hours every day for 39 years working on this masterpiece which was once the reigning champion of large balls of twine (the ball in Cawker City, KS now holds the title).
 
Deadwood, SD
Why it's Called the Dead Man's Hand
Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane - Deadwood is most famous for the shooting of James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok on August 2, 1876. Hickok, was a legend in his own time, loved and hated by many. While playing poker, Jack McCall pretending to watch the game, shot him in the back of the head. Wild Bill was holding a pair of 8s and Aces - known today as the "dead man's hand". The theory is the Wild Bill killed McCall's brother back in Kansas, which is probably true and McCall was taking revenge. You can visit the Old Style Saloon #10, his death chair and his grave at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Where buried next to Wild Bill is Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary), the women who loved him.
 
Dedham Square, MA
Making Bad Art Look Good
Museum of Bad Art - The Museum of Bad Art (MOBA) prides itself on finding and displaying some of the worst art people have created. Admittedly calling these venues "museums" is a bit of a stretch, but the art certainly is bad. There are two locations, one in the Dedham Community Theater and the other in the Somerville Theater. The permanent collection has roughly 400 pieces and each location displays about 30 of these at a time.
 
Des Plaines, IL
McSocko
First McDonald's - There have been times I've thought about changing my name to McSocko, because I eat at McDonalds so often. I love their hamburgers, McNuggets, and to me their Coke even tastes better. So a visit to the McDonald's Museum at the site of Ray Kroc's very first McDonald's (which opened on April 15, 1955) was a must. Outside the museum are the golden arches advertising 15 cent hamburgers and underneath the sign a few vintage cars. Peering in through the windows you can spot original paper cups, fryer vats, soda barrels, grills and menus. In the basement is a small collection of original advertisements and photos. You can't purchase any food here, but just across the street is a modern McDonald's where you can get your fix.
 
Detroit, MI
See Where the Motown Sound Started
Motown Historical Museum - Motown Records (originally Tamla Records) was created in 1959 by Berry Gordy, Jr. with $800 borrowed from his parents. Within ten years he turned that $800 into $20 million by signing artists that include, The Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye, "Little" Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes and many more. When visiting the Motown Historical Museum you will stand in the very recording studio the artists performed in - which looks exactly as it did in the 1960s. A guided tour takes you through the entire two-story house which is filled with original photos, gold records, album covers, and posters. You may even get to perform that Motown sound yourself.
 
Dewey Beach, DE
WWII Enemy Watch Towers
WWII Observation Towers - Located along the coast of Delaware are eleven WWII Observation Towers built from 1939 to 1942 to protect against a Nazi naval threat. These concrete towers were considered "the eyes" for the guns at Fort Miles (present day Cape Henlopen). If an enemy ship was spotted, two towers would use an azimuth sighting range finder to determine the coordinates of the ship. Those coordinates were then radioed to Fort Miles and triangulation employed to figure out the ship's exact location. Luckily, the guns of Fort Miles were never used.
 
Dillon, SC
Pedro and Socko
South of the Border - South of the Border, the border between the Carolinas, is a tourist-trap-extraordinaire. With billboards for hundreds of miles, Pedro (the South of the Border mascot) has tantalized you with promises of fireworks, great food, and trinkets galore. And you won't be disappointed, especially if you're a monkey who loves a good ol' American roadside attraction. On site is an amusement park, a 300 room motel, restaurants, bins of souvenirs and a great display of fireworks. Of course the trip wouldn't be complete without climbing to the top of the 165 foot Sombrero Tower.
 
Dodge City, KS
Wickedest Little City in America
Boot Hill Museum and Front Street - The biggest attraction in Dodge City is the Boot Hill Museum and Front Street. The museum hosts a reconstruction of 1876 Dodge City where you can catch a stagecoach and be entertained with authentic looking gun-fights. In the late 1800s Dodge City was a lawless town where buffalo hunters, booze, gambling, and guns made for a deadly mix. This prompted a need for a make-shift burial place called the Boot Hill Cemetery. The museum is located on the grounds of the cemetery, where as you might expect most of the deceased where buried with their boots on. Later, with the help of Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp, things started to settle down in Wickedest Little City in America. They told the bad guys to "Git outta Dodge".
 
Douglas, WY
Home of the Jackalope
Home of the Jackalope - Oh those crazy Jackalopes, half jackrabbit and half antelope, they are as legendary as the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, and they are just as rarely spotted. The jackalope is known for imitating human voices and singing cowboy songs, and can be hunted for only one day a year, June 31st. According to the Douglas Chamber of Commerce the first recorded observation of a jackalope was in 1828 by Roy Ball in the area of Douglas County. Outside the Chamber of Commerce and on the square in downtown Douglas are monuments to this fantastic creature.
 
East End, Grand Cayman
Thar She Blows
Blowholes - When the waves of the Atlantic come crashing on the eastern shores of Grand Cayman, geyser-like Blowholes shoot water into the air as high as 30 feet. The blowholes are naturally formed cracks in the coral rocks and as the waves push underneath the holes, the water is forced up into the air. The bigger the waves, the higher the water shoots out of the blowholes. The waterspouts can be seen from the road or you can climb down the wooden stairs and get a close-up view. Be careful though, every once in a while a huge wave comes in and soaks everything.
 
Erick, OK
Trailers for Sale or Rent
Roger Miller Museum - Roger Miller penned over 1000 songs, but is best known for his big two - "Dang Me" and "King of the Road". Born in Fort Worth, Texas his dad died when he was about one year old and was sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Erick Oklahoma. The museum chronicles his life from his humble beginnings to his own TV show, with pictures, a 45 minute video, clothing, and even his motorcycle. Roger was as much a comedian as a singer/song writer. My favorite quote of his is, "behind every great man is a woman with a great behind". Be sure to pick up a CD of Roger Miller's greatest hits at the museum and listen to them on your travels.
 
Fairmount, IN
Where Cool Went to School
James Dean - James Dean (1931-1955) was born in Marion, IN just a few miles from Fairmount, but as they say in Fairmount, this is "where cool went to school". James Dean moved to town at the age of nine and lived with his aunt and uncle until he graduated high school in 1949. Dean went on to star in three Hollywood box office successes, "East of Eden", "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant". On September 20, 1955 while driving his new Porsche 550 nicknamed "Little Bastard", the promising career of the coolest man in the world came to an end. Fairmount honors their famous former resident with a James Dean Festival every September which features look-alike contests, live music, and a James Dean Run car show. Other sites of interest in Fairmount include the James Dean Gallery, the Fairmount Historical Museum and his grave in Park Cemetery.