Driving across the United States in a big rig, you come across some unusual attractions and monuments. Here are some of my favorites.
If you are planning a road trip, you might want to stop and check out some of these strange attractions.
I will add attractions on a continuing basis, one or two every week, I will try anyway!
The Mystery Spot
The Mystery Spot is located in Santa Cruz, California. This weird site was discovered in 1939 and open to tourists in 1940.
This place defies the laws of physics, claims the owners. Some people believe that a magnetic anomaly is to blame, other people say that an alien spaceship is buried below the Mystery Spot is the cause of the unusual aspects of the spot.
But its probably just an illusion brought about by the gravity hill, there are other places like this in the world.
Back in 1981 I attended the Clearfield, Utah Job Corp. our orientation class went on a bus to visit local attractions. One of the places we visited was a place by Salt Lake City, the bus was on a hill traveling downhill, the driver put the bus in neutral and the bus started rolling uphill in reverse.
Lucy The Elephant
Roadside attraction Lucy the Elerphant
Lucy the Elephant is 6 stories high and located in Josephine Harron Park in Margate, NJ. right along the beach. The elephant is listed in the National Park Registry of Historical Landmarks.
When you visit this roadside attraction, you get to climb the spiral staircase inside the structure, up to the howdah on the beasts back, you will see an amazing 360 degree view of the area.
This attraction is family and children friendly.
Future Birthplace Of Captain James T. Cook - Star Trek Officer - Riverside, Iowa
I have been to this town many times since I live about 45 miles from it, it lies deep within the cornfields of Iowa.
Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise will be born on March 22, 2022 in this little town. Every year they have “Trek Fest”, a huge event where trekkies wear Star Fleet, Klingon, Vulcan uniforms, even Star War costumes are worn.
I don’t like to brag but I have attended this event, no I didn’t wear a uniform, I tried to have my wife go as that green alien woman in the series but she would not.
Solomon’s Castle on the outside is covered by shiny aluminum printing plates, and is 3 stories high.
The odd attraction is loaded inside with over 300 works of art by local artist Howard Solomon, and covers a whopping 12,000 square feet.
The roadside attraction includes a nature walk and restaurant, it was started in 1972.