If you’ve got a road trip planned in the USA, one thing you won’t have to worry about is boredom on a long drive. All across the United States you will find plenty of weird and wonderful roadside attractions to keep you entertained as you drive across country. At Alamo, we have gained years of experience driving around the U.S. Highways, and have compiled this list of some of the top unusual roadside attractions from around the USA for you to look out for along the way!
The Giant Sloth, Miami Science Museum, Florida
The ‘Rhinelapus’ or ‘Green Monster’, Monico, Wisconsin
The World’s Biggest Dinosaurs, Cabazon, California
The Pickle Barrel House, Grand Marais, Michigan
Forevertron, Baraboo, Wisconsin
Elmer Long’s Bottle Tree Ranch, Oro Grande, California
The Jackelope, Dubois, Wyoming
Foamhenge, Natural Bridge, Virginia
Monument of States, Kissimmee, Florida
Salem Sue, New Salem, North Dakota
For more inspiration of roadside attractions that you can visit, why not take a look at our previous blog on some of the Weirdest Roadside Attractions in the USA. And to find out more about hiring a car with Alamo Rent A Car for your American road trip, take a look at our website to get a quote and find your nearest pick-up point.
Yellowstone National Park celebrates its 142nd anniversary this year and holds the accolade of the world’s first National Park! Yellowstone is home to a diverse range of magnificent views of canyons, rivers, forests and mountain ranges. Read on to find out more about the park and our visitor guide to making the most of your trip to this natural beauty.
Yellowstone became the first National Park in the USA through an act of Congress on March 1st 1872 signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. It covers a staggering 8,992 square kilometres across the three states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, and is centred on the largest super-volcano on the continent.
Now you know a little more about the park, let’s look at a selection of attractions which have kept people visiting for so many years.
Yellowstone is home to the explosive eruptions known as Geysers, the most famous of which is ‘Old Faithful’ located in the Upper Geyser Basin. The blasts from Old Faithful can reach an impressive 60 metres high, a truly exceptional sight that is not to be missed. Old Faithful is not alone; the surrounding region is a hotbed of geothermal activity, and a short drive north on the Grand Loop will take you to more spectacular geysers. After all that excitement, rest your head at the historic Old Faithful Inn joining the illustrious list of former guests that includes US Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt. After a relaxing break in this luxurious hotel, you can continue your journey through the vast scenic landscape.
Grand Canyon of Yellowstone
When cruising towards the north of the park, make your way to the Tower Falls region where you will encounter the awe inspiring Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. There are several viewing spots either side of the canyon that provide incredible views of this 20 mile long tremendous feat of nature! A visit to the canyon can be enjoyed further by taking one of the many hikes into and around the canyon. For those of you who are tight for time, there are short hikes and paved walkways near the falls where you can experience the stunning scenery, but still allow for time to see more of what this amazing park has to offer.
A drive through the legendary Lamar Valley will excite the animal lover in you. Fun fact, Yellowstone has the largest concentration of free roaming wildlife in all of the 48 mainland states. Although the valley is primarily known to be home of the bison, it has so much more to offer. In addition, you can see wolves, elk, coyotes, bears and many more. It is hard to miss the great herds of bison, but in your search for the more unusual creatures, be sure to bring some binoculars, as they may be more difficult to see from the roads. Before you go, check out the best times and places to see your favourite animals to make the most of your wildlife adventures.
Yellowstone is full of hiking options for you outdoor explorers. The ascent up Mount Washburn is a particularly popular yet challenging trail, which will appeal to avid hikers who can enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the park en route. Mount Washburn was discovered in 1870 in an expedition led by Henry Washburn, whom the peak was subsequently named after. The starting point of the Washburn hike is a 40-minute scenic drive away from Tower Falls. The entire route of the hike is about 10km, so be sure to pack supplies for your mountainous adventure.
Around two and a half million people visit the iconic Yellowstone National Park every year, and you can join them by hiring an Alamo car, and starting your own adventure! Where will the road take you?
It’s official: this year’s NYC Marathon was the largest yet, with a record 50,304 tired but exhilarated runners crossing the finish line in Manhattan’s Central Park. Over two million spectators clung to railings along the five-borough route to support friends and family competing in the endurance race, the usually frenzied city at a rare standstill.
Kenyan racers won both the male and female categories – Geoffrey Mutai overall in 2hr 8min 24sec, while his compatriot Priscah Jeptoo scooped the women’s prize in 2hr 25min 7sec. Geoffrey had form, winning the both the NYC and Boston Marathon in 2011; Priscah awarded silver in both the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games. At the other end was Zoe Koplowitz, an inspirational speaker afflicted by MS and diabetes, who completed her 25th NYC Marathon on crutches the following morning.