- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Fireside; Revised edition (June 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671769316
- ISBN-13: 978-0671769314
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New Roadside America: The Modern Traveler's Guide to the Wild and Wonderful World of America's Tourist Paperback – June 1, 1992
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Roadside America is a Baedeker to the junkiest attractions on America's major, minor, and nearly forgotten highways. Planning to see Graceland? Why not let this delightful volume direct you on the complete Elvis tour, including a miniature "Elvis City" in Roanoke, Virginia; the Elvis-theme McDonald's in Elvis's birthplace of Tupelo, Mississippi; and the Elvis Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Learn about the Curse of the Pyramids, and see the many unfinished pyramids that litter America's heartland. Jump into the debate about which town has the largest ball of string, the biggest tree stump, or America's true weather-forecasting groundhog. The locations of giant statues of the Jolly Green Giant, an "African village" in South Carolina claiming to be an independent kingdom, and the mysterious "Thing" of the Sonoran Desert are all found here. Buy it and drive west, young trendies.
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What this book does is capture the joy some of us feel while driving around the country and discovering roadside attractions on our own.
I've had fun visiting dozens of the places mentioned in this book, but I've had just as much fun following my nose and finding places on my own. The book is about the joy of exploration and the weird things people do. This doesn't change even if attractions close or move.
These are all fun places to visit, but the best part is that they exist (or existed). In a very entertaining way, the authors let you know what's out there and what's entertaining about it.
You'll love this book even if you never leave home. It's fun to read. You may, however, be inspired to drive around a little on your own and find out how much fun it is to stop at a convenience store and ask where the giant chair is.