So planning a summer road trip requires extra finesse. Last summer I took my boys to see the biggest truck in the world (left). We only stayed 10 minutes, but it was enough to stretch legs, change diapers, have snacks, and get back in the car for another 3 hrs.
Road trip is season is here, and no matter where you are in the 50 states, there’s a place for you to take pause.
Looking for Luke Skywalker’s home? Big busts of Presidents? Baskets, ball of stamps, or the birthplace of Buzz Aldrin? They’re all on the list. Check the second half after the jump and add your big roadside recommendations in the comments. (You can find Alabama through Missouri here)
Glendive, Montana 1 of 25
Glendisaurus - In a park off Highway 16 stands a triceratops with a plaque reading "This triceratops dinosaur is dedicated to the community. It was made a reality by the people, businesses and organizations of this community through their generous donations and hundreds of volunteer hours."
World's Largest Firecracker - There are many things for everyone to see in Nevada, but what about outside of Las Vegas' strip? Amargosa Valley has a big fuel tank with a green wick out of the top, proclaiming to be the world's largest firecracker. Looks a little fishy to me, but I'm not going to be the one to light that fuse and try it out. It's next to Alamo Fireworks which sells the real thing inside.
American Classic Arcade Museum - My boys are fully versed in the greatness of iPhones and iPads, but my 5 yr old still gets giddy when we go to the old hot dog shack with a pinball machine and stand up games inside. I can't imagine how he'd feel here, at the spot certified as the world's largest arcade.
Buzz Aldrin's Birthplace - This is the man for whom I am named. Gotta pick this as a great spot to stop. He may not have been the first guy on the moon, but he was the first guy named "Buzz" to get there.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 6 of 25
Giant Rattlesnake - A slithering diamondback has been fashioned out of rocks off I-25. It snakes along the median for about 400 ft.
Teardrop Park - If your kids are being good troopers as Mom and Dad do Manhattan, take them to this hidden park gem for an hour and let them have some time on their own. They can climb on rocks, and speed down a huge slide.
World's Largest Open Air Granite Quarry - This pit of rocks is so big, in can be seen from space. Stone from this place was used to build the Washington Monument. If you're lucky on your visit, you'll see a few dynamite explosions to loosen stones.
Whistler's Mother's Statue - If you can't make it to Paris to see the painting, then this statue will have to serve the basis for the art lesson. The statue has been proclaimed as a "Monument to Mothers."
Hurricane Proof House - The maker of this home did it to resist hurricane force winds and waves. The rounded sides make it aerodynamic, the stilts keep it from getting wet. That may have been the purpose, but tourists think it kinda looks like Luke Skywalker's home on Tatooine.
World's Oldest Starbucks - Opened in 1975, this location near Pike Place Market was the second Starbucks store opened, but it's the oldest surviving outlet. Very very busy with caffeine worshipers on the weekends.
Mystery Hole - The VW Beetle crashed into the side of the building will make you wonder what's going on, and the sign will pique your curiosity. The sort of tourist trap from days gone by, underground tunnels built at odd angles will play optical illusions that make it seem as if the rules of gravity don't apply here.
World's Largest Hot Spring - a dip in super hot water is always relaxing and this 127 degree pool claims to be the biggest on the planet. There's a free state bath house, and many commercial pools tapping into the same spring.