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.
Cherokee, North Carolina - Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Visited the museum with my family, including three of our sons. You watch a film on the history of the Cherokee people. It was very interesting to see where their oral history stories originated. You go through the museum via a series of different rooms and areas. There are life-sized Indians, tepees, and dioramas. It is educational without feeling like you are getting a school lesson. We spent around two hours or so and thoroughly enjoyed it.[Bonnie Cantrell, 01/25/2015]
- 589 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee, NC
- West side of US Hwy 441/Tsali Blvd, about a half-mile north of its intersection with US Hwy 19 in Cherokee.
- Daily 9-5 (Call to verify)
- Adults $10.
- Largo, Florida - Muffler Man: The Big Man
Drove past today and the parts store is being remodeled. No sign of the Muffler Man. Hopefully he'll be back when the renovations are complete.[Jeremy, 01/25/2015]
Sells, Arizona - Kitt Peak Observatory
The largest collection of optical telescopes in the world (24) are perched along a mountaintop ridge in the Sonoran Desert. Open to the public during the day and for skywatching at night. The best views of the complex are from the outdoor catwalk around the Mayall telescope, whose 15-ton mirror is housed in a dome 18 stories high. Daytime visitors are asked to keep their voices low, as most of the astronomers (who live in on-site dormitories) are asleep.[bobebob, 01/25/2015]
- Hwy 386, Sells, AZ
- I-10 exit 260 in Tucson. Drive south 1.5 miles on I-19. Take exit 99. Drive west on Ajo Way/Hwy 86 for 36.5 miles. Turn left onto Hwy 386. Drive south 12 miles, a twisting road up into the mountains. Follow signs to visitor parking. It can be chilly and windy; bring at least a jacket. And in the daytime, sunscreen.
- Visitor Center daily 9-4 (Call to verify)
- Free. One-hour guided tours $8.00-$10.00 per person.
Pompano Beach, Florida - Marlin Statue
A large marlin is on display at the entrance to the Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center in Pompano Beach. It is positioned on a pole in the standard "jumping out of the water" pose. The fishing center has boat excursions catering to tourists who want to go deep sea fishing.[signmanjoe, 01/25/2015]
Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center
- 2705 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL
- Hillsboro Inlet Fishing Center. From I-95 take exit 38 (State Route 844) east. At the end of 844, turn north on A1A. Go about one mile. The fishing center is on the west side of the street, just south of the drawbridge.
Bryson City, North Carolina - Road to Nowhere
Our family visited the Road to Nowhere, and it is a strange experience. Out of the way, and a definite drive to get there (you don't find it by accident). You park your car, then walk down a deserted road. Walking through the tunnel was a bit nerve-wracking. You come out the other side and the road just disappears into the forest. It was very peaceful and beautiful -- so much so that it makes you relieved that the road wasn't finished and that the forest remains intact.
My boys and hubby hiked up the large hill to sit on top of the tunnel. Got some cool pics.[Bonnie Cantrell, 01/25/2015]
- 8899 New Fontana Rd, Bryson City, NC
- Take US Hwy 74 to exit 67 (Bryson City Exit, turn right onto Veteran's Blvd. At the 1st light turn right onto Main St. To Next light turn Left onto Everett St. Go straight for about 6-7 miles. you will pass the Swain county High school and keep going until you go into the Great Smokey Mtns Nat'l Park and until you cross the bridge "Nolands Creek" up to the parking area next to the barricade. Walk 1/4 mile through the tunnel and to the end of the road.