The Weenies of Summer
August: an expanse of long, warm days that RoadsideAmerica.com happily fills like a gourmet sausage -- with meaty tourist attractions, spicy diversions, and enough mystery ingredients to keep everyone guessing. We can help make your trips tastier, less predictable.
"Mmm-yummers!" sez the big hot dog stand man.
This week we marvel at Germany in miniature: Charlemagne's Kingdom in Helen, Georgia. And the world ends in 2014, but on the plus side, everyone will swoop by Prophet Isaiah's Second Coming House on their way to Niagara Falls and final judgment.
No promises on whether there will be an August next year, so enjoy while you can!
Get out of the water -- we've spotted SHARKS -- or at least their tourist incarnations. Gift shop entrances, statues, shellacked prize catches . . . our roundup of America's Shark Attractions steers you straight to these single-minded predators.
Roadside America Shark Map
Hero of Tips
Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface made mincemeat out of annoying teens. We always wondered what happened to his revved-up cutlery -- and then first-time tipster Johnny Shaver found the chainsaw used in the original movie, enshrined in a glass case, at a tattoo parlor that also houses live rattlesnakes.
Check out more discoveries in the very Latest Tips.
Dixie Evans, 86, the "Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque," passed away on Saturday. Dixie was a giant of Roadside America, the zenith of our California high desert trips to her retired strippers hall of fame and museum, Exotic World, in Helendale, CA. RIP Dixie Evans.
In other giant Marilyn news, the Marilyn Monroe statue in Palm Springs, California, originally slated to be broken apart in June, sticks around until November. Palm Springs, which loves the statue, lobbied to keep it as long as possible. Stop by and pose for photos peeking up her skirt, you dog.
National Lampoon's Vacation arrived in theaters 30 years ago this month. The road odyssey of the Griswold family began in Illinois, where you can still see their dorky station wagon -- one of hundreds of eye-popping artifacts at Historic Auto Attractions. It's a splendid museum hidden in an industrial park.
The Really Sad Violin of Doom (our nickname for it) is on display for a brief two weeks (Aug. 1-15) in a museum shaped like the Titanic in Missouri. The violin, according its exhibitors, is the one that the Titanic's bandleader played as the big ship went down. The fragile, apparently buoyant instrument somehow survived; the bandleader did not (cue: sad violin).
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