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The Devil’s Punch Bowl is located between Newport and Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast. This Natural Area is run by the Oregon State Parks and there is a day-use area that is very popular with visitors
We never miss the chance to check out the weird and unusual on our travels. During our recent visit to Moab in Utah, I discovered closeby was the Hole ‘N’ The Rock that definitely fitted our criteria of ‘weird and unusual’ and luckily despite Covid-19 lockdowns it was open to visitors!
One of the delights of travelling is discovering something new and unexpected. During our winter trip through Utah, we stumbled across the small remote town of Hanksville which has a couple of local oddities including Carl’s Critter Garden and Hollow Mountain convenience store that are worth a stop. There are also some interesting things to explore in the local desert, including the Mars Research Centre and Goblin Valley State Park.
Butch Cassidy worked hard to help provide for his family as a teenager on this homestead. It was the last place he lived with his…
Goldfield, Nevada at one time was the largest town in the State, fuelled by a gold rush. Today, its stately buildings have fallen into disrepair…
Located in the high desert of Nevada is the Ordnance Museum located in the small town of Hawthorne, which sits close to the Hawthorne Army Depot. This is apparently, according to the big sign outside the base, the World’s largest Army depot,
Located in Wisconsin’s Dane County, not too far from the State Capital of Madison, Mount Horeb is a small village with around 8000 people. It has become known at the troll capital of the world
Mardi Gras is about music, parades, picnics, floats and excitement. It’s one big holiday in New Orleans! The parade season lasts several weeks, with over 70 parades taking place throughout the city. Nowhere else does Mardi Gras like New Orleans.
New Orleans historic cemeteries embody colourful nature of this unique city It might not be everyone’s idea of a great time but I have long…
The eastern reaches of Idaho, north of Idaho Falls are pretty bleak and remote which makes it an ideal place to site dangerous things such as nuclear reactors. Experimental Breeder Reactor I, the world’s first breeder reactor, is a decommissioned research reactor and U.S. National Historic Landmark located near Arco, Idaho
The Enchanted Highway, is a 31 mile stretch of highway designed to draw in tourists to the town of Regent. It features some of the world’s largest scrap metal sculptures.
With the addition of Alaska and Hawaii to the Union, the geographic centre of the United States moved from Lebanon in Kansas to a point on the borders of South Dakota/Wyoming/Montana. The nearest community to this point is the small town of Belle Fourche (some 20 miles away) where there is a memorial to the commemorate the nearby geographic marker.
As you drive along I-94 across North Dakota it is difficult to miss the giant statue of a buffalo that sits on a hill above the highway. This is apparently the World’s largest buffalo/bison statue, standing at 26 feet tall and 40 feet long and weighing a mighty 60 tons.
Big Ole, located in the small town of Alexandria, Minnesota, is the purportedly the World’s largest Viking. Ole was built in 1965 as an exhibit for the New York World’s Fair. When completed Ole stood 28 feet tall with the words, “Alexandria, Birthplace of America” emblazoned on his shield.
“Sandy”, the 40ft high statue of the Sandhill Crane at Steele, North Dakota stands in a little park adjacent to the Cobblestone Inn. This monument is a celebration of this elegant bird that is found on the plains, in fields and wetlands across the United States.
Many years ago on a family road trip across the USA, I had set out in search of Otto, the world’s largest otter, located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. This detour almost resulted in the end of our marriage. Fast-forward 12 years, armed with Google and smartphones we successfully located Otto!
One of my quirky interests, as I have travelled around the United States, is to try and see as many “roadside” attractions as I can. Many of these are next to highways, but occasionally we have had to head off the beaten track. During a road trip that passed through Minnesota along I-94, we were lucky to come across one such attraction in the city of Rothsay, the Prairie Chicken capital of Minnesota
If you should visit the small town of Darwin, Minnesota (pop. 350) you will find, located inside a specially constructed gazebo, a local oddity that has become a well-known roadside attraction – a nine-ton ball of twine that was rolled by one man, Francis A Johnson. This is the largest ball of twine in the World rolled by an individual. Weird yes – but fascinating!
Located in New Salem, North Dakota, Salem Sue stands a mighty 38 feet (12 m) high and 50 feet (15 m) long and can be viewed from several miles around. (Roadside Attraction / USA / United States)
Having spent time earlier in the day on a tour of the St Louis #1 cemetery I thought I would carry on the macabre theme and visit the Museum of Death on Dauphine Street in New Orleans French Quarter. This small museum made up of three or four rooms provides a breadth of uncompromising materials and displays on this often taboo subject.
After an unsuccessful hunt for the largest otter in Fergus falls we set out to find Pelican Pete – the world’s largest Pelican. This time our hunt was successful!