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Rosedale, Maryland - Cateraptasaurus
Cateraptasaurus is a sculpture in the shape of a dinosaur created by Derek Arnold. It stands nearly 13 feet tall and was built entirely out of old construction equipment parts. It stands at the Alban Cat dealership on Pulaski Highway in Rosedale Maryland, just outside of Baltimore.[Mark Jonas, 10/21/2014]
Here since 2007, Cateraptasaurus is over 19 feet long and weighs six tons.
- 8531 Pulaski Hwy, Rosedale, MD
- I-695 exit 35A. Drive south on US Hwy 40/Pulaski Hwy for a quarter-mile. You'll see a high-voltage electric tower on the left; the dinosaur stands just past it.
San Luis, Colorado - Mother Mary's Totem
They have put in a lot of work, and the area is truly beautiful. The fountain was still a work-in-progress when we visited, and the swing hadn't been set yet, but there was still a lot to see.[Tina D., 10/21/2014]
- County Rd P, San Luis, CO
- Five miles southwest of San Luis. Drive south on Hwy 159 toward the New Mexico state line. Turn west onto County Rd P toward Manassa/LaJara. Drive one mile. The entrance to the Garden is on the left, a few feet past the bridge over the Sanchez Canal.
- Sunrise to sunset
Prospect, Maine - Penobscot Narrows Observatory and Bridge
What a grand sight this bridge over the Narrows is! The bridge alone is worth a detour, but the observatory makes it all the better as an off-the-beaten path engineering destination. The observatory itself, about 420 feet above the river, offers amazing views and was opened in 2007, a year after the bridge opened. This is the only bridge observatory in the U.S. and only one of four in the world.
There is a large pull-out from Highway 1 on the fort side of the bridge with signage and photos of both the bridge and observatory.[Casaflamingo, 10/21/2014]
- 711 Fort Knox Rd, Prospect, ME
- Just south of the Waldo-Hancock County suspension bridge, turn north onto Fort Knox Rd. Fort Knox -- and the entrance to the bridge observatory -- is a quarter-mile on the right.
- May 1 - Oct. 31, 9 am - 5 pm, Jul-Aug 6 pm. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
- North Smithfield, Rhode Island - Big Travel Mug
This coffee mug is gone. A local car dealership bought the property and demolished it. Very sad.[Debbie Stone, 10/21/2014]
The Ice Box Coffee
- Outside Ice Box Coffee. I-295 exit 9-B. North on Eddie Dowling Hwy/Hwy 146 for one mile. The Mug is on the southbound side, just south of the intersection of Sayles Hill Rd.
- June 2014: Mug reported gone.
- Providence, Rhode Island - Mr. Potato Head Pizza Guy
Went to the pizza parlor and, sadly, Mr. Pizza Potato Head fell victim to vandals and is no more. The place said they removed him and don't have him any more.[Debbie Stone, 10/21/2014]
- Caserta Pizzeria. I-95 exit 21. West on Atwells Ave. for a half mile. Right onto Crout St., then first left onto Spruce St.
- Oct. 2013: Pizza Potato reported removed. (Call to verify)