News from the offbeat tourist attraction landscape of Roadside America.
Sightings Vol. 13, No. 1 - January 27, 2017

Crime Doesn't Pay; Crime Death Cars Do

A crime, a pursuit, an ambush, a hail of lead — from a time when breaking the rules had consequences. The new Alcatraz East museum shines a guard tower's spotlight on some classic rule-breakers: outlaws and maniacs. The attraction's popular "Sinister Vehicles" gallery inspired us to revisit our recent travels and assemble The 6 Death Cars of Bonnie and Clyde. The doomed duo was killed only once, but their Death Car was so popular with rebels-at-heart Americans that it had to be cloned.


Glore Psychiatric Museum

Glore Psychiatric Museum

Are you the family eccentric? Do your friends think you're a little off? Be happy you're not living in 1947, or you might have had a forced rendezvous with Mr. Electroshock at the Glore Psychiatric Museum. Story


Civil War Tails: Miniature Catfight

Civil War Tails.

This attraction answers the question no one asked: What would the Civil War look like if it had been fought by tiny cats? Twin sisters Rebecca and Ruth Brown spent years building an intricately detailed parallel universe at their Civil War Tails attraction. Story


Fantasy Slumbers

Don Q Inn.

Sometimes a comfortable bed and clean bathroom just aren't enough after a long day of driving and adventure. At the Don Q Inn, you can sleep in an igloo, or a Viking ship, or soak in a hot tub on the moon. Story


Perfect Bones: Museum of Osteology

Museum of Osteology.

Jay Villemarette figured out how to remove perfect bones from dead bodies, and shares his favorite skeletons in his Museum of Osteology. See tiny hummingbirds, a giant whale, and a surprising number of humans. Bonus: flesh-eating beetles at work. Story


Who Is This Big Guy?

Johnny Kaw

Possibly America's least-publicized folklore hero, Johnny Kaw once plowed the Mississippi Riverbed with Paul Bunyan's face, and even has an impressive giant statue in his hometown. But he isn't known much outside of Kansas. Story


Time Served in Squirrel Cage Jail

Squirrel Cage Jail

On a long list of terrifying lockups, the Squirrel Cage Jail was one of the worst. Prisoners would use the rotating cage to snap off their arms and legs just to get out. Now it's open for tours, and just as horrible as the day it closed. Story


City Pages: Local Travel Hotspots

City Pages.

Our city pages and maps make it easier to find our stories on the best attractions in and around metropolitan areas. Favorite Quirky City Sights links are in the right column of state pages (not all cities; we'll add more in the future).

New Orleans, Louisiana: The American city that's most unlike America, New Orleans serves up a gumbo of destinations devoted to voodoo, Mardi Gras, and graveyards where the bodies are buried above ground.


Trunkations: The Roadside Blog

Gatlinburg fire aftermath.

We visited Gatlinburg to see the aftermath of its calamitous fire, and assessed the value of America's most powerful wax dummies at Gettysburg's closed Hall of Presidents and First Ladies.

Our forecast for 2017: more attractions, more reasons to travel, and an uncharacteristically dark day in August.

Finally, a look at the hairy beast that some believe will bring us all together.

Check out the latest Trunkations posts.


Avoid hogging the death car lane!
The Team

Spotted by Tipsters

Spotted by Tipsters

We're running out of pins. Many new attractions deemed worthy, updates from World's Largest this and that, and a heads-up from an attraction that hired a Muffler Man with a Mop.

Latest Tips


Apps & Tools

Roadside America iPhone app Roadside America (iPhone)
12,000+ USA/Canada offbeat attractions, research targets, interactive "Near Me" maps. New places added frequently! Quirky categories, top-rated recommendations. Navigate with Waze, Google or Apple Maps.

$2.99 on the App Store (includes access to 1 of 7 regions); addtl. regions or "All Access" unlock is optional in-app purchase.
iPhone, iPod touch (iPad compatible)


Roadside Presidents iPhone app

Roadside Presidents App for iPhone
US Presidents, VPs, First Ladies, even dastardly assassins -- visit where they lived, worked, played, died! Navigate with Waze, Google or Apple Maps.

$2.99 iPhone, iPod touch, (iPad compatible). Available on the App Store.


Roadside America My Sights Planner My Sights Route Planner - Save places you read about on Roadside America, create a trip, and then email it to friends or export a .cvs file to upload onto a GPS device (Garmin, TomTom, etc.). Learn more and try it!


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Main image: Bonnie & Clyde Death Car, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee