Tips, leads, stories from travelers, plus Roadsideamerica.com Team reports on quirky museums, ironic monuments, and must-see oddities! Trip planning caution: Some tips may not be verified. Over time, attractions change, move, burn down. What's a vacation without a little risk? Submit your own tip.
Las Vegas, Nevada - Giant Licking Cat Head
Seen straight on, I thought it was a chihuahua. From the side, definitely a cat.[John Francis, 11/27/2014]
- Las Cruces, New Mexico - World's Largest Chili Pepper
We actually stayed at this hotel. It's cheap and the owners are super nice. They have chili gardens in the courtyard and everything is chili-themed. Not your average "America's Best" motel.[Amanda, 11/27/2014]
Florence, Oregon - Sea Lion Caves
Although the sea lions weren't in the cave when I was there, the views both inside and outside were well worth the $14 to get in. It's not interactive; you don't get to pet a sea lion or anything. But that's what makes it so spectacular. A very simple, marvel-at-nature, roadside attraction. The elevator takes you from the top of the cliff, down 200 (?) feet, into an antechamber. Go left to look into the cave, go right to get an amazing view of the coastline north of the cave. If you are driving down the Oregon coastline, your legs are cramping, or you need get off the road for a little bit, then this is definitely worth it.[Chris F., 11/27/2014]
- 91560 US Hwy 101, Florence, OR
- On US Hwy 101, eleven miles north of Florence, 39 miles south of Newport.
- Daily 8-6 (Call to verify)
- Adults $14.00
Sumpter, Wisconsin - Forevertron Vanishes! (For Now)
We received an ominous tip today about Dr Evermor's Forevertron from Tiffany: "His land is up for sale and all of his sculptures have been removed from the property. No longer an attraction." Ack!
We checked with Lady Eleanor Every, who filled us in on the status of this 5-Smiley Tower top attraction. The bad news is that all of the sculptures were moved off the property after October 1, 2014. The good news is that the sculptures are in storage, waiting to be returned to display in the park. There is no plan to break up the collection or sell off the pieces.
We don't have all the details, but apparently some property is being sold that may legally landlock the lot where the Forevertron has been parked for the last 31 years (accessed through an easement next to Delaney's Surplus). The Every family needed to move all of their multi-ton scrap metal assemblages off the property (this turned out to only take a few days, due to Dr. Evermor's prescient and brilliant modular design of everything).
Their hope is to reconstruct the sculptures once the property issues have been resolved, or find a nearby haven for the World of Dr. Evermor.
Artist Tom "Evermor" Every is still on this magnetic plain, though he's now residing at the Maplewood Nursing Home. Lady Eleanor assures us he's as sharp as ever, and still a bit mischievous.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/25/2014]
- US 12, North Freedom, WI
- On U.S. 12, about five miles south of Baraboo, behind Delaney's Surplus, across the highway from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant.
- Oct. 2014: Closed, temporarily displaced. (Call to verify)
Tucson, Arizona - Tucson Toro - Magic Carpet Bull
It's been a few years since nearly all of the statues from Magic Carpet Golf were rescued and placed in new homes around Tucson. I would've thought that photos of all of them would have been sent to you by now, but there seem to be a few missing. Here's the former Magic Carpet bull, now outside O'Shaughnessy's Steakhouse. I remember seeing this guy in his original location, so it was very cool to see him again.[Dean Jeffrey, 11/24/2014]
The strings of lights wrapped around Toro's longhorns are a nice touch.
- 2200 N. Camino Principal, Tucson, AZ
- Outside of O'Shaughnessy's Steakhouse, on the northeast edge of the city. I-10 exit 256, then drive east on Grant Rd for eight miles. Turn left onto E. Tanque Verde Rd, cross the bridge, then make an immediate right onto N. Camino Principal. O'Shaughnessy's will be one block in, on the left.