Guardians of the Blacktop
This crew has the makings of a summer blockbuster franchise: a beer-drinking cowboy rebel, a half-human robot piloted by an alien, and a star-spangled superhero fueled by Nitrogen. And they're all towering giants! Paulverizer, Nitro Girl, and, um... Beer Dude have the ability to grab human eyeballs and force vehicles traveling 70 mph to a dead stop. Summer increases their power, their turf is the roadside, and no tourist can escape their gravitational attraction. They win, we all win.
and their comrades on the Muffler Men Map
American Museum of the House Cat
America's largest private collection of cat collectibles, strange cat art, and cat memorabilia, assembled by Harold "Cat Man" Sims. No feline mascots lurking, unless you count the mummified one. Story
Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick
High priest Raymond Buckland's accumulation of occult relics spans many decades. Highlights include Aleister Crowley’s wand, Sybil Leek's crystal ball, a witch's broom, and a demon in a box. Story
Just Try to Outlive Snooty, World's Oldest Manatee
Snooty celebrated his 69th birthday this week. He was born at the old Miami Aquarium in 1948. He eats up to 100 pounds a day of fruit, vegetables, vitamins, and monkey chow. Story
Your Unalienable Right to See the Founding Fathers. And Shoot at Redcoats.
Famous Declaration of Independence painting "comes to life" as 47 3-D sculptures in a faux Independence Hall. After learning about the Founding Fathers, head to the musket range to shoot at target Redcoats.
Blindshot Barnaby's Circus Golf
Weirdest mini-golf on the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge tourist Strip. Wind your way through an I-may-never-get-out-of-here mirror maze, then whack golf balls indoors surrounded by black-light dummy freaks from a sideshow midway.
Confused by Judaculla Rock
Mysterious boulder, with its cryptic mass of 1,548 prehistoric petroglyphs, has puzzled visitors for centuries. Vintage postcard proof of the unknown and the unknowable. Can you spot the multi-tentacled handprint of Judaculla himself?
Grave of the Confederate Camel
"Old Douglas" was killed by a Yankee sharpshooter during the siege of Vicksburg. He was given a tombstone with the other Rebel dead, but not before his former Confederate pals ate him.
Russell Cave: Caveman Hangout
The third longest cave in Alabama only lets tourists go in as far as its big, gaping entrance. As consolation, cave people dummies are posed to show how they made good use of their prehistoric home.
Sad Song of the Grand Guitar
Built in 1983, seventy feet long and three stories tall, it once housed a gift shop, recording studio, country music AM radio station, and a mini-museum of musical instruments. Now it's a curiosity for passing interstate travelers. Story
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