Planning a good ol’ fashioned American road trip? That’s going to take a good chunk of time. If you’re like me, after about 5 hours in a car on an American interstate highway and you’re practically jumping out of your skin with boredom. But you have to do it at some point in your life to be granted to privileged to call yourself an American. Other than Big Macs and football, nothing screams America like a summer road trip. Here is a nice list of a few weird and fascinating sights that those boring highway-side towns offer their passer-byers. So don’t worry about boredom on your road trip, just check out things like the Twine Ball
In 1965 the original Iowa Interstate 80 Truck Stop
opened off exit 284 in Walcott, Iowa. Now it has grown into a restaurant that can seat 300 with a 50 ft. salad bar. Don’t stop if you struggle with decisions, one can only imagine the veggie options you get with a bar that long. This is the ultimate place to stop for any and all your road trip needs. There is an in house laundromat, a barber, a dentist, a game room, a movie theater, showers, a trucking museum, and even an embroidery center. It truly is the stop of all stops!
Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona, seems like something from an old sci-fi movie on a ridge at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. As the outside architecture suggests, the walls contain the Phoenix Mars Lander that was on Mars in 2008. Que corny, high pitched sci-fi noises.
Weeki Wachee is home to the City of Live Mermaids in Florida. It’s sorta like a movie theater where they replaced the screen with a huge aquarium full of half fish, half human beauties. It’s not a high-tech experience, the “mermaids” swim-dance around with O2 tubes, seemingly taking the spectator back to the past. It’s not quite Disney, but at least you can take a kayak around some groves or see a few snakes and gators during a little nature walk tour (much cheaper than Orlanda, too).