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Roadside America iPhone App: First Nationwide Mobile Tool for Finding Offbeat U.S. Tourist Attractions

Novato, CA (January 19, 2010) –, the online guide to offbeat tourist attractions, announced the recent launch of its Roadside America mobile software app for iPhone and iPod touch. Roadside America showcases thousands of eccentric, entertaining, and unique roadside tourist spots found around the country.

"The app makes it easy for travelers to instantly see what's nearby," said Doug Kirby, publisher of "It's up to them whether to veer off to see a mustard museum or a colossal hot dog." The app features road trip favorites such as giant twine balls, tiny churches, odd statues, quirky museums, implausible architecture, classic Rte. 66-type attractions, folk art environments, mystery spots, gravity hills, caves, and much more.

“It's the trip tool we’ve always wanted for our own use,” said Kirby, who has visited thousands of attractions as part of the team. “After years of navigating with map in lap, this finally connects our collection of places in a practical way, using the latest mobile and geo-location smarts.”

With the Roadside America app, users can access attraction stories, visitor tips, maps, driving directions, hours, phone numbers, and photos.  The app can retrieve real-time updates and attraction status reports from

"We designed the app to be fun -- and a little offbeat, naturally," Kirby said. Among its exclusive on-the-road trip tools: it can warn when sunset approaches, or schedule a phone alert to get a sidetracked tourist back on the road. And there are many app-only photos and promising places "under investigation" and not yet on the website.

Users can browse attractions by over 70 Roadside-centric themes, such as "Big," "Atomic," "Music," "Tech," and "Zombie Army." They can share discoveries via social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or snap photos for submission directly to

For lifelong road trip enthusiasts, the app's "Been There!" feature is a way to keep track of roadside attractions they have visited.

Roadside America is available on the Apple (U.S.) App Store for $2.99 for permanent access to any one of six U.S. regions; an additional $5.99 unlocks the entire U.S. for one year. [Dec. 2011: Subscriptions were discontinued; existing users were upgraded, and new users can purchase individual regions or the USA/Canada content for a one-time price.]

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About ( is the foremost source for information on unusual tourist attractions in the U.S. Since 1996, the website has grown to include information and reports on over 9,000 unique sights. The website features videos, news, maps and free tools to help travelers plan their own road trips. has its early roots in two popular travel books -- Roadside America and New Roadside America -- by authors Doug Kirby, Ken Smith and Mike Wilkins. The Roadside America app for iPhone is the first mobile software application.


Media Contact:
Susan Kirby,
skirby((at)) or via Susan Kirby



What Roadside America App for iPhone users are saying...

"This conveniently came out right before our trip to Phoenix this weekend. I love it! Great Job!"— Taggart99

"This app is exactly what I wanted and more and it is money well spent. I absolutely recommend the upgrade."
— AFWingMom

"Great App for a great site and concept. Always a good companion for the open road."
— Hotrod2001

"If you're looking for something to do in your area or while traveling then this is the app for you."
— Tony8472

Media Info

For media inquiries, or to set up an interview with a member of the team, please email Susan Kirby at or call 415-892-5200 - Hours: M-F 9 am - 5 pm Pacific Time. Backgrounder (PDF)

iPhone App Team Backgrounder (PDF)


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