Road Trip Destinations & Attractions
Roadside Architecture: This is one of the most amazing sites on the Web for roadside attractions. For several years, Debra Jane has been traveling around the country (her dogs compete in agility course events), and one of her passions is locating, photographing and writing about phenomena like over-sized ketchup bottles, unusual eateries, Paul Bunyans & other giants, bottle houses and merry-go-rounds of every type and function. This is a site that will make you chuckle as you wander the back roads with Debra as your guide. (5/21/06)
Legends of America: This new site by Kathy Weiser will enthrall history and nostalgia buffs and enrich roadtrips in the American West. This site is chock full of historical photographs, anecdotes, legends, tall tales, and ideas. (8/7/05)
Want to visit a Time Machine? This excellent site provides a photo gallery and descriptions of restaurants and bars built in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s in southern California and southern Nevada. There is really a fun site and one that we urge you to consult if you are at all interested in funky or quirky destinations on your next road trip! (5/1/05)
Travelocity's 2007 Local Secrets Report: A brand new site that profiles 578 unusual and somewhat whacky destinations in every state in America and a few in Canada. There is also a "26 Top Local Hot Spots" list picked by Amy Ziff, the editor-at-large for Travelocity. (3/20/07)
Pennsylvania Summer Blues: "Endless Mountains Blues Festival" in Elmhurst the second weekend of August, 2005, benefits the National Childhood Cancer Foundation
"Burning Man" Photos: Photographs by Steve Saroff taken in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, between 2000 and 2002: Folk Art, "Mad Max" cars, counter-culture happenings. (10/17/04)
Society for Commercial Archeology: Maintains an excellent list of links and non-Web resources for locating vintage neon signs, old diners, unusual highway-themed architecture, and efforts to restore old highways and drive-in theaters (9/12/04)
Texas Twisted: One of the best road trip sites on the Web is produced by Wesley Treat and features zany events and attractions in the Lone Star state. Be sure to check out his "Roadside Headlines," where he covers news stories that rarely, if ever, make it into the mainstream media. In addition, the great graphic design & offbeat outlook on Texan behavior makes this one of our favorite places to find a laugh or two. (7/04/04)
Write Your Own Travel Guide: World66.com is a very innovative site using "open code" so that anyone can edit just about any page to describe destinations and attractions all over the world. We've linked to the section about North America. (6/27/04)
Enchanted Highway: Remarkable sculptures of geese, deer, and a very large tin family created by Gary Greff line the highway near Regent, North Dakota (just off Exit 72 on Interstate 94). (5/30/04)
2010 Quartzite Show: One of the largest hobby, craft, classic car and gem show in the world occurs each January in the Arizona desert just east of Blythe, California on Interstate 10. Click here for RTA's story about this famed show.
Geoglyphs: Ancient & mysterious stone creations on CA Highway 95 near Blythe, California
Lucy the Elephant, Cowtown Rodeo (in operation since 1944), and the Leamings Run Gardens are three unique tourist destinations in southern New Jersey described by documentary filmmaker Clay Mikolasy.
Autumn Color Reports & Destinations: Links for great fall road trips
Winter Road Trips: Links for cold weather destinations and resources
Fort Monroe, Virginia: Continuously garrisoned by the Army for over 150 years, Fort Monroe is a fascinating study in living history.
Art & Music Festivals: Comprehensive list of venues world wide.
Old Warbirds Never Die: They keep on flying at the Planes of Fame Museum at California's Chino Airport.
Alaskan Travel Coupon Book: Two-for-one deals and some free attractions in America's "last frontier."
Motel Ardchitecture: Fascinating photographs & articles from 33 U.S. states
Family RoadTrip: Produced by WGBH Boston, this site features descriptions of ten U.S. destinations from Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts to Disneyland, California. Other stops include Yellowstone, Great Smoky Mountains, and Six Flags amusement park in Texas.
Need for Speed? Travel columnist Anita Dunham-Potter reviews "Dragster," the tallest roller coaster in the world at Cedar Point, Ohio.
Canadiana! An extraordinarily comprehensive photographic database of odd and amazing roadside attractions all over Canada. The work site features bizarre statues, airplanes on pedestals, and the world's largest truck.
Texas Road Trips: A superb collection of articles, photos, and great information about historic buildings. The site also includes lots of little-known facts -- did you know that Texas has over 48,500 bridges, more than any other state?
Factory Tours! Scroll halfway down this page for a great list of factory tours compiled by Marshal Brain, who wrote the How Stuff Works series.
Wildflower Sighting Reports for California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, & Texas: This outstanding service of DesertUSA.com includes logs and user-contributed photos
Roadside America: Offbeat (but right near the road!) tourist attractions
Mile by Mile: This commercial site includes a list of itineraries in the United States and Canada. Businesses located along the routes provide information and descriptions of attractions and places to eat and stay. There's also a fun travel trivia game and a good photo gallery of views from the routes described.
Links for Exploring the Deserts of the Southwest:A truly outstanding list of Web sites
Really Tacky Roadside Attractions! This is one of the best collections we've seen, compiled by Steve, a self-described "tackaholic." 11/01
Preservation Directory: It's taken Tim Cannan about a year to create this remarkable site dedicated to historical preservation in the United States. The directory is divided into seven sections and seeks to be the one-stop shop for those looking for primary source material. It is also one of the best sites we've found for finding information about possible destinations for roadtrips! 10/01
Cool Site! If you have a hankering for info about any U.S. state, start your Web search at 50states.com. You'll find links galore in an easy-to-navigate format.
ARIZONA & NEVADA
The Hoover Dam bypass project: Re-routing Hwy 95 over the Colorado River
CALIFORNIA & NEVADA
Explore Ghost Towns in California and Nevada: A list with photos and descriptions
The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument, which arches over Interstate 80 near Kearney, Nebraska, is the only historical attraction that spans an Interstate highway. Thanks to Greg Smith of Omaha, Nebraska, for recommending this unique attraction. Greg adds, "FYI, the Great Platte monument appears in the new Jack Nicholson movie About Schmidt."