One of the best things about this great nation of ours is that we don't like to be bored. But let's be honest, sometimes you want more than a selfie in front of a giant ball of string.
Which is why we have all these bizarre roadside attractions that, in addition to entertaining us on long drives, also entertain the rest of the world by giving it something to laugh at us about.
And since every state has at least wonderful attraction that draws visitors from far and wide, we decided to find out what it was, based on a delicate balance of local pride, iconic drawing power, and whether or not it actually sounds like something you'd willingly travel to do.
While Houston and Cape Canaveral grab all the glory for the US space program, Wernher von Braun and his gang actually developed all the equipment that sent Americans to space in tiny Huntsville, Alabama.
Here you can see the largest collection of space hardware in the world, as well as Apollo 16 and the only fully stacked shuttle display, plus... Denali National Park and Preserve When you’ve got the highest point in North America, it’s hard to argue that cruise ship fjords are a better attraction. Mc Kinley as you may know it -- is the centerpiece of this 6-million-acre national park, only a small percentage of which is accessible by car.
Snow in August isn’t an unusual sight, nor is spotting a grizzly bear on your long, bumpy bus ride to one of its wilderness lodges.
Grand Canyon While some have argued that a visit to the Grand Canyon basically amounts to driving two hours through the desert, enjoying the canyon's beauty for five minutes, spending another five minutes there because you feel bad, then trying to figure out what to do with the rest of your day, the fact remains -- it's still one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the world.
is right up there with most fictional prisons as a place you’d never want to end up.
America’s fascination with the penal system is no more obvious than at this former federal penitentiary on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, where Al Capone once lived and 1.3 million people visit every year.If you’ve seen one legal marijuana dispensary, you’ve seen ‘em all.Hot Springs National Park Sure, the somewhat-sulphuric smell of bubbling pools of natural hot water can be occasionally noxious.So can a trip to one of Arkansas’ many Walmarts, but at least here you leave relaxed.America’s oldest national preserve and smallest national park was once home to a mighty row of bathhouses where rich and poor alike came to bathe and be healed by the springs' naturally hot waters.Only a few of the houses still remain, but a couple have been converted into a visitors center and art museum.