Travel Tips & Themes – Roadside Attractions
Designed to encourage travelers — usually those on a road trip — to stop and explore, roadside attractions can vary from fascinating to freaky. As North Americans abandoned trains and flocked to their Fords as automobiles were adopted as the primary mode of transportation, roadside attractions became a cultural phenomenon. Beginning with Route 66 in the 1920s, entrepreneurs established lodging, dining, and other necessary establishments. In order to compete for business, roadside attractions were added. They included everything from exotic animals to everyday objects of gargantuan size. Although the road that started it all has long been abandoned for the modern interstate highway system, roadside attractions from Route 66’s heyday and newer sights persist.
Roadside Attractions in the US South
- Everyday Postcard – Lady of the Lake
- Quirky Outdoor Sculptures at the Barber Marina in Elberta, Alabama
- What to Expect When You Visit the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas