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America’s Strangest Roadside Attractions

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These odd diversions make for family fun on your all-American summer road trip.

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These odd diversions make for family fun on your all-American summer road trip. From August 2010 By Lyndsey Matthews, Adam McCulloch, Joshua Pramis

As you squint through the windscreen, the freeway emerges from a heat haze in the lonely heart of the Nevada desert. Amid miles of featureless landscape, a single cottonwood tree suddenly looms. But you do a double take: instead of flowers, thousands of shoes bloom from the branches. This is no mirage: this is the Shoe Tree, one of America’s strangest roadside attractions.

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10 most unusual roadside attractions in the U.S.

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A recent survey that asked travelers to name the most "unusual"  roadside attractions they've visited has come up with a list that's pretty unusual in and of itself (see photogallery above).

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A recent survey that asked travelers to name the most “unusual”  roadside attractions they’ve visited has come up with a list that’s pretty unusual in and of itself (see photogallery above).

For one thing, California only lays claim to one spot on the list: the World’s Largest Pez Dispenser, found at the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia (although the Pez Visitor Center at the candy factory in Orange, Conn., also boasts a “world’s largest” dispenser.)  What, no drive-through trees? No Mystery Spot? No giant statue of Junipero Serra holding a yo-yo that says “Beat Cal”? (Oh wait, I guess that was a one-time visual.)

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9/5/14 Tim Swartz: Why is America Obsessed with Roadside Attractions?

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Now  on Youtube. FarOutRadio is honored to present our regular and always popular guest, Tim Swartz, Independent Investigative Analyst, Paranormal Researcher and author of many books.

Earlier this week Tim was telling me about a topic he has been interested in since he was a kid. If you have ever gotten in a car with your folks to go on the family vacation when you were a kid, you know the feeling. "Mom, I want to see the world's largest alligator" or "Dad, let's stop at that restaurant with the giant man in front". We take a walk down memory lane with a a thrill-packed look at the weirdest, silliest, tackiest, and most amazing things in the country.

We discover a side of America that you never knew existed, one that is filled with enormous animals, bizarre museums, odd events, and oversized furniture. Why is America so obsessed  with these oddities?  You know!  Pack up the car, let's go!!

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