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Thompson, Utah - Lightning McQueen and Scooby Doo Van
Just north of Moab, at a gas station named Papa Joe's, Lightning McQueen and the Scooby Doo van await.
Lightning is actually an old Toyota Camry, but the paint job is pretty good. The Scooby van looks like it's been there a while, as the paint is peeling. Still nice though. Get off of I-70 and the gas station sits on the north side of the freeway.[Flossy, 05/23/2013]
Papa Joe's gas station
- Old Highway Cisco, Thompson, UT
- Papa Joe's gas station. Just north of Moab, at the intersection of I-70 and Rt 191 west of Thompson.
Long Beach, California - Queen Mary - Haunted Encounters Tour
My husband used to be a tour guide for the Ghost & Legends Tour that is not meant to be scary, just hokey and fun. That tour is 35 minutes long. There used to be special effects 10+ years or more ago but the ship has gone through a lot of owners thru the years and the funds have not helped to improve what has broken down on that tour.
There is a more detailed haunted tour that is 1 hour long called the Haunted Encounters Tour. The Queen Mary is beautiful to visit day or night but due to vandalism in the last two years, you cannot get on the ship for free anymore. You have to pay a few dollars per person but that money can go towards eating at one of their restaurants.
During December they decorate the ship to show off its beauty.[Monica Threadgold, 05/23/2013]
- 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA
- I-710 to Harbor Scenic Drive.
- Daily 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Casey, Illinois - World's Largest Wind Chime
Unique. They are also getting ready to build the largest golf tee there, too.[Angela, 05/23/2013]
- 109 E. Main St., Casey, IL
- Downtown, a block east of Hwy 49. On the south side of E. Main St. between SE 2nd and SE 1st Sts.
- Amado, Arizona - Restaurant Shaped like a Longhorn Skull
Closed, went to auction, up for sale. The good news: cross the street and have a great meal and a great experience at The Cow Palace![Nate, 05/23/2013]
Worcester, Massachusetts - Turtle Boy
I visited the famous Turtle Boy on a rainy day in October of 2012.[OSJ, 05/23/2013]
The Turtle Boy statue has more fans than most 100-year-old statues, thanks to its suggestive positioning of the Boy and the startled expression of the Turtle.