Unusual travel suggestions …
New Orleans is filled with spirits, liquid and ethereal. Here is a quick overview of some of the great haunts.
Yep, this bar and BBQ joint is chockfull of atmosphere. Formerly the 1929 Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop, and now a popular spot for bikers and bar-b-que.
Howdy! Few can forget the beloved Sheriff of Mayberry. That's especially true for the citizens of Mt. Airy, the boyhood hometown of Andy Griffith, whose streets and hometown characters bear a striking resemblance to the fictional Mayberry.
The west end was a location in "Grapes of Wrath" starring Henry Fonda, where Grandpa dies and is buried. (The bridge had been there only six years at that time.)
Talk about a head of state. Once upon a time, Ol' Abe stood watch at Sherman Summit, the highest point on his namesake coast-to-coast highway, Lincoln Highway.
Even though Elmer's teeming forest of bottle trees stands alongside one of those desolate stretches of old Route 66 between Barstow and San Bernadino, he says it doesn't have much to do with the famous roadway.
It's a sprawling pink and white motel complex on the edge of town, with pictures and paintings of the Madonna family that owns it (and big stars who knew them) liberally sprinkled around the lobby.
Built by Hugh Davis in the 70s as a surprise (?!) anniversary gift for his wife Zelda, who collected whale figurines. It is one of the best known landmarks on Route 66. The big whale speaks to a simpler time, when a swimming hole didn't need all kinds of fancy wave machines and gadgetry.
What a great idea! Travel trailers as motel rooms. Those aluminum marvels from postwar America that embodied the notion of "let's hit the road."
This house once owned by a serial killer madam, Ma Staffleback, she and 3 accomplices robbed and killed dozens of clients (mostly miners) during the 1890s. She died in prison in 1909.
In 1967, when George Glore first devised having a museum dedicated to the various treatments for the mentally ill, this was part of St. Joseph State Hospital (aka the State Lunatic Aslyum #2.)
The Rusty Bolt is a biker store and Route 66 gift shop with a true folk art exterior. Teeming with tourists and chockfull of unique 66 souvenirs and Americana, plus a third of the shop is devoted to biker accessories, leather and boots.
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