Amazing and Unusual USA

In 2013, I posted a few places that I’d hoped to visit during the year. Some I managed to get to, some are still lingering around waiting for me to find the time. It should come as no surprise that more and more stops get tacked on my wishlist each year.

For 2015, it seems like the place on my list are all so far away from where I live. But… if I don’t dream it, I can’t make it come true.

These are some of the places I hope to see in 2015… (and beyond)

Happy travels!

Wigwam Village

Even though the reviews are always mixed and kind of lean towards terrible (dead bugs in the teepee, bad pillows, horrible mattress) for the Cave City Wigwam Village location, I still want to sleep in a teepee. If you’re asking why? I have no idea.

Of the 7 original Wigwam Motels, there are 3 remaining:

Though not one of the Wigwam Motels, there is also the Tee Pee Motel in Wharton, Tx. should you find yourself in the area.

The Wigwam Village Cave City Kentucky

Image Source: Wiley Brewer on Flickr

The Clam Box – Ipswitch, Ma.

The truth is, I’m not a fried clam fanatic or anything – I pretty much just love the building. There is something sweet and New Englandy about it. If I find myself around the Ipswitch area this year, I’ll be stopping in to the ole Clam Box.

The Blue Whale of Catoosa – Catoosa, Ok.

I’m not sure when the whale came in to my consciousness. It seems like it has always been there. The Blue Whale is a Route 66 icon, afterall.

Don’t you love his teeth?

The whale was an anniversary gift. Can you believe that? That dude  knows how to keep his lady happy. Am I right? (Probably not.)

Image Source: Larry Myhre, on Flickr
The Blue Whale


Museum of Bad Art

Official Bad Art Museum of Art

“The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is a community-based, private institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms and in all its glory.”

Don’t tell anyone, but… before the need to support myself, I wanted to be a painter. Yep. Making art consumed me. Then I got a “real job” and the creative part of me died.

Hopefully I won’t spot anything reminiscent of my work here. Judging by lobster nipple-clamps over there, I should be in the clear.

Image: Image Source: dadadreams on Flickr


South of the Border – Dillon, SC

“Pedro welcomes you.” I love the idea of this place so much but I’m not sure why. Maybe because it is just so over the top, so ridiculous.

During Thanksgiving, I found that I’d last visited South of the Border in 1988 with my parents. I would say I’m overdue for a revisit.

Read: Olde Tyme Travel Blogging by my Mom

Giant Man - South of the Border
Image Source: Jim on Flickr



Holdovers from Previous Years

Sometimes I don’t get around to things. These sights are holdovers that have been on my To Do List that I haven’t been able to squeeze in just yet. But here’s to hoping!

World’s Largest Teapot

Chester, WV
World's Largest Teapot
Photo Credit: jimmywayne, on Flickr

Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold

Moundsville, WV
Palace of Gold
Photo Credit: scotti16ape on Flickr

And last but not least – my super-duper wish…

The Gemini Giant

Wilmington, IL
He’s a bit of a stretch being about 900 miles away but anything is possible if you’re willing to work to make it happen!
Gemini Giant
Photo Credit:Pete Zarria, on Flickr

How About You?

Have you got anything on your to-ride to list this year?