Guidelines for Tip Submission

We love to receive visitor tips. Your keen eyes and descriptive powers can lead us to quirky places we can investigate further for RoadsideAmerica.com. Our editors select which places are Roadside-caliber and which tips to post, as we stay focused on new information about the most offbeat attractions. Visitor Tips should provide new information and reasons other Roadside America fans might want to visit.

You must be over 17 years old to submit a tip to RoadsideAmerica.com

First check what we already have: Search published tips and stories and the state pages. Also, 3- to 5- Smiley Water Tower-rated attractions indicate the kind of places we like best.

Write About Sights, Sounds, Smells

Provide observations during your visit, factual details, things other travelers should watch for. Note changes to attraction hours, directions, etc.

Length: 20-100 words

Once submitted to us, tips aren't user-editable. We edit for clarity and brevity. Really short tips may not be posted. Avoid personal pronouncements ("Lame," "Awesome," "Worth the detour" "Not worth the trip") -- we may edit those out, or not post the tip. Convey your pleasure or displeasure with observations about an attraction. No need to mention geocaches or Pokemon sightings, or "super friendly staff," since they're everywhere.

Submit Your Original Text Only

Use your own thoughts. Never copy text from another source (wikipedia, official attraction web pages, etc.) without attribution. Don't submit text you posted in a blog or a review on another web site or app.

Proofread Your Submission

Please carefully review your tip before submitting; incoherent text will be rejected. No #hashtags. No emojis. No ALL CAPS.

Photos

Muffler Man, Futuro, Elephant.

Photos: Submit Your Originals Only

Only send photos you shot personally, and you have permission from all people in the photo. You must be the legal guardian of any children under age 18 appearing in your photos, submitted to us with your permission.

Photos: More Attractions, Less You

The main subject of an image should always be the attraction itself, not a "selfie." (Selfie Help) or family candid. Send shots without dolls, personal road trip totems, rally banners, intrusive vehicles, etc.

Photos: Best Quality

We may not use images due to quality (low resolution, shakiness, poor lighting, shot through car glass, reflection in museum glass) or repetition of what's already posted. Don't send screenshots from other apps/websites, and don't add a watermark, title, hashtag, photoshopped fakery, excessive filters, etc. We crop mercilessly.

Closed or Gone Attractions

Closed.

Help keep our information current! Provide details and a photo -- such as an empty building, lot, or pedestal-- to help solidly confirm actual closings (vs. our possibly inadequate directions). Did you visit personally, or read about it somewhere?

Places We Include

When you discover a place in your travels that is odd, outrageous, and all you talk about when you get home, RoadsideAmerica.com readers may also find it amusing or fascinating. Roadside America attractions are publicly accessible or visible: tourist attractions, classic tourist traps, museums, commercial/civic statues, historical markers for bizarre events, graves and memorials, unexplained phenomena, unusual natural features (rocks, trees, terrain, etc), unusual buildings, misplaced items (a landlocked submarine, a lighthouse in a desert), folk art environments. Yard art is permanent, large, profuse, and weird. Murals are not just historical, but hilarious, bizarre or uniquely awkward.

Places We Skip

Beautiful. Too natural, too much beauty.

Food. Rave about food.... somewhere else.

Zoo.Mainstream zoos, wildlife parks, sanctuaries, humane societies. Endangered!

RoadsideAmerica.com is not a comprehensive guide to all destinations, museums, historical houses, zoos, county fairs, events, or guided tours. To shape our unique collection of attractions, we apply these filters of pickiness:

No: Beautiful

If "beautiful" is the first word that pops into your mind about a place, then it may not be right for RoadsideAmerica.com. Skip breathtaking vistas, hiking trails, pretty parks, and places of natural serenity, unless there's an oddity in among all that wonderfulness.

No: "Normal" Historic Sites/Museums

We seek the unexpected, humorous or strange side of history. A county museum exhibiting even one oddity may qualify. We skip old mills/waterwheels, historic houses, most old timey soda fountains, and carousels (except the ones with mutant creatures). But we have a soft spot for the space program, nerdy technology, pop culture, crime and punishment, disasters, war relics, factory tours, and failed utopias.

No: Important, Serious Architecture

We're less excited about (most of) Frank Lloyd Wright's masterworks than a house resembling a shoe, or Fred Flintstone's digs.

No: Regular Restaurants

We want eateries with a quirky side -- a roof covered with old stoves, waiters who throw hot rolls at customers, a barbeque in a cave, a cafe shaped like a Hot Dog, etc. Please write about what makes it bizarre, rather than the wait service or food quality.

No: Temporary Exhibits and Mass Produced Sights

No: Low End of the Big Scale

4-ft. turtle statue...No! 40-ft. turtle statue...Yes! (What if it's a 4-ft. turtle that saved a baby's life? Well, okay.)

No: Haunted Attractions With Nothing to See

We live in a time when, according to ghost hunt TV programs, every old building and home is haunted. At Roadside America, we focus on places with objects that can be seen and photographed: a plaque, a marker, an image of eternal anguish frozen in a window. Spooky places might qualify, but only if they're interesting when no ghosts are around.

No: Regular Wildlife Sanctuaries, Zoos, Gardens, Nature Conservatories

Too normal and serious. Exception examples: sanctuary for retired circus gorillas, zoo with an albino animal section or an elephant grave.

No: Temporary/Seasonal Holiday Sights

We make exceptions for amazing excess, but generally do not include local Christmas light houses, winter wonderland drives, short-lived Halloween attractions, etc.

No: Escape Rooms

Too many, too trendy

No: Trespassing

We do not publish attractions that require trespassing on private property.

Submit a Tip

[Revised 2019-11-4]