I’m in the midst of writing a road trip book right now, and it was ridiculously fun to plan my main character’s route across the country. So I thought today I’d share a few of the gems I discovered—places I hadn’t heard of before, but which have been given a place on my “someday” list. (Although only one of these made my book. Want to guess which one?)
There are quite a few “soul food” places, of course. I was surprised at how many I hadn’t heard of, given that I’ve taken multiple trips to these areas of the country:
Antelope Canyon (Arizona):
And The Wave, also in Arizona. Who knew there was more awe-inspiring beauty in this state than the Grand Canyon? (Probably everyone except me, but there you go.)
Oneonta Gorge, Oregon:
And there’s Hamilton Pool, in Texas:
There are historical locations like Taos Pueblo, in New Mexico, where residents still live a traditional Native American life. (But Fodors had me at “fry bread”):
Then there are the quirkier locations, which were a whole lot of fun to explore. There’s a great site and app called “Roadside America,” which has done the work for you. Check it out, but do it when you have some time to kill, because this site is the rabbit hole of all rabbit holes.
The “Enchanted Highway,” North Dakota.
Because sometimes cheesy looks kind of fun: the Gunfighters Wax Museum (Dodge City, KS)
It also seems like it might be a fun thing to take a spin through Casey, Illinois, which seems to boast an inordinate number of the “world’s largest,” to wit: wind chime, golf tee, knitting needles, crochet hook, rocking chair, mailbox, and pitchfork.
But this one is my favorite: the UFO Watchtower, in Hooper, CO
In Gold Field, Nevada, there’s an art car parking lot:
And finally, closer to home is this: the Billion Gallon Lake, formed in the defunct Bonne Terre mine in south Missouri: (You can scuba dive here, too, and see the mining equipment abandoned there. How cool is that?)
So what other beautiful, quirky, or just plain fun places should I add to my list?
The Bonne Terre mine is well worth a visit. The tickets are a little pricey, but it’s a fascinating experience.