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5 Fun and Quirky Roadside Attractions Across the U.S.

One of the best things about heading out on a camping road trip is having the chance to see new and interesting sights. And sometimes, the more fun and/or quirky they are, the better! Here are five unique attractions to consider along with places to camp nearby:

1. Field of Dreams Movie Site    |    Dyersville, Iowa

Fans of the 1989 Academy Award-nominated movie will likely remember the lines, “Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa.” and “If you build it, he will come.” Visitors can see the field where the movie was filmed free of charge during daylight hours and tickets are available for tours of the farm house on the set. There’s also a gift shop that sells memorabilia.

Where to camp:  Monticello Jellystone Park, Blue Inn Campground, Whitetail Bluff Camp & Resort

2. Super Museum   |   Metropolis, Ill.

Anyone who loves all things Superman will find plenty to enjoy in this museum located in the Man of Steel’s hometown of Metropolis, Ill. It showcases over 70,000 items of memorabilia, including toys, promotional materials and movie props, including one of the only George Reeves Superman costumes still in existence.

Where to camp:  Tween the Lakes RV Park and Campground

3. The Thing   |   Benson, Ariz.

If you’re driving between Tucson and El Paso on I-10, you can’t miss the blue and yellow billboards advertising The Thing. We can’t tell you what The Thing is, but we can tell you that this kind of peculiar yet fun museum manages to combine dinosaurs and aliens. There’s a gift shop, too!

Where to camp:  Butterfield RV Resort, Valley Vista

4. Winchester Mystery House   |   San Jose, Calif.

This 24,000 square-foot mansion was built by the heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune. It has 160 rooms, 2,000 doors and 10,000 windows, and visitors are drawn to solve the mystery of why she built this beautiful yet bizarre mansion. One theory was that she was afraid of being haunted by the ghosts of those who were felled by the “Gun that Won the West.” (FYI, paranormal activity has been reported here.) Tickets are available for daily estate tours and there’s a “Summer Séance Series” in July.

Where to camp:  Santa Cruz Ranch RV Resort, Alameda County Fairgrounds RV Park, Morgan Hill RV Resort & Campground, Santa Vida RV Park

5. Dinosaur Kingdom II   |   Natural Bridge, Va.

This attraction, located about 40 miles north of Roanoke, is not your typical theme park. Its wild concept is based on the Yankees trying to use live dinosaurs as weapons of mass destruction against the South. But, as the park’s website says, “ole Dixie has more than a few tricks still left up her sleeve.” As you walk through this wooded adventure land, you’ll see sights like Abe Lincoln lassoing a pteranodon that chewed up the Gettysburg address!

Where to camp:  Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge/Lexington KOA, Lynchburg NW/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA

 

 

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