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Binocular Viewers: The Better To See You With

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

They’re called “Scenic Viewers” by some. The man who runs the company that builds the devices calls them “Binocular Viewing Machines.”

Vacation of a Lifetime

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

For a generation of roadside fans, the movieĀ “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983) defined the horror and wonder of the American road trip.

Step Counting in Your Road Trip Future?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

It never occurred to us that travelers need to know — in advance — the step count at a tourist attraction.

2008: August Escape

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Our team is just back from a 4,300+ mile east-to-west road trip. We logged miles (at $3.60-$4.29/gal) to a procession of funky museums, roadside attractions, obscure statues and folk art environments. Big surprise, eh? We managed to squeeze in health checks of the Wisconsin Dells (alive), Black Hills (alive), the Ames Pyramid (dead, but unchanged), […]

Going the Distance: Roadside Poll Results

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Poll Question: How many hours would you drive just to see a roadside attraction that sounds exceptional? If you trust reports in the news media, Americans are cutting back on long driving trips this summer because of the high cost of gas. But we suspect that many families giving up on travel plans may have […]

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