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.
Helper, Utah - Western Mining Museum
Next door to the Mining Museum is the chapter house for E. Clampus Vitus that celebrates a different aspect of mining lore. The collection of artifacts in the window is interesting, but don't forget to look up. Unfortunately, you need to be a Clamper to get inside.[Mulvaney, 10/19/2014]
Western Mining and Railroad Museum
- 294 S. Main St., Helper, UT
- In the Western Mining and Railroad Museum, on the south end of town. US 6/191 to Helper, turn east onto Poplar St, then north (left) onto Main St.
Hartford, Connecticut - Elvis Shrine Inside Trophy Business Showroom
Neat little nook inside a local trophy maker that's full of Elvis memorabilia. Worth a quick stop if you're passing through town.[Laura, 10/19/2014]
- 330 Locust St., Hartford, CT
- Mr. Trophy, just north of Airport Rd/530, east side of Locust St.
- M-F 8:30-5. (Call to verify)
Worthing, South Dakota - Giant Pepsi Can
Large Pepsi can painted on a storage tank. Behind the gas station grouped with six large storage tanks.[Mike Moore, 10/19/2014]
Worthing used to be the site of a cylindrical tank with a Pepsi label that was twice this size, so we've demoted this stop!
- I-29 exit 62. Drive east, then immediately turn right into the truck stop. The Pepsi can will be toward the back, straight in from the street entrance.
- June 2014: Larger can gone, smaller remains.
Aztec, New Mexico - Aztec Crash Site
In March of 1948 a UFO crash was said to be discovered on a lonely mesa top. A large metallic object with over a dozen humanoid aliens and strange hieroglyphics inside the craft were allegedly found. The UFO conventions in Aztec are no more, but you can visit the site and see what is perhaps the only plaque at an alleged UFO crash site. Author Scott Ramsey left the plaque in 2007 that tells the story of the crash recovery. Between the plaque and the parking area is a concrete slab that Ramsey believes was used in the recovery. Others disagree. In any event, the area is beautiful in its own right.[Mulvaney, 10/19/2014]
The circle of rocks that mark the crash site resembles an alien face when seen from the air.
- Hart Canyon Rd, Aztec, NM
- From downtown Aztec drive north on US Hwy 550 for four miles. At milepost 164 turn right onto Hart Canyon Rd/County Rd 2770. Drive east (it's a dirt road) for 6.5 miles. The road will split at this point; bear left, up the hill, for another half-mile. You'll see a parking area on the left. There's a trail from there, part of the Alien-Run Mountain Biking trails. Follow it a quarter-mile west to the crash site. Note: Temperatures out here vary from below zero in the winter to 95 degrees in mid-summer. Evening thundershowers and flash floods are common.
- Kennebunkport, Maine - Dolphin Tree Carving, Blowing Cave
My family and I searched the area for the Dolphin Tree Carving. We even talked to some locals who said they couldn't find it any more. New residents moved onto the property and reconstructed the yard, so I think it was destroyed.[Amanda Appis, 10/19/2014]
- Ocean Ave., Kennebunkport, ME
- To get to Blowing Cave, go to "dock square" in Kennebunkport and take a right onto Ocean Ave. toward Walker's Point. Blowing Cave is at Sandy Cove, just east of Cape Arundel, around two miles from town.
- Oct. 2014: Tree carving reported gone.