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Summer is a season ripe for road tripping. Whether you need a reason to get behind the wheel, or are simply looking for an intriguing stop on an already-planned route, we’ve got you covered. From crazy collections to epic DIY endeavors to a flea marketer’s fantasy, the hot spots on this cross-country roundup will appeal to crafters and collectors alike. So pack your bags and get those wheels turnin’!

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum: Alexandria, Virginia
Opened as an actual family business in 1792, the Stabler-Leadbeater apothecary remained operating until 1933. Now it’s a bottle-collector’s dream, full of handblown glass and antique medical equipment, much of which hasn’t been moved since it closed its doors. The museum also houses a fascinating archive of journals, formula books, and prescriptions for some pretty famous folks including Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee.

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Roadside America

Roadside America: Shartlesville, Pennsylvania
If tiny things are your passion, plan a visit to Roadside America where you can gawk and fawn over “the world’s greatest indoor miniature village.” Founded in 1939 by Laurence Gieringer, a gentleman obsessed with models, the diminutive panorama now spans 8,000 square feet and each of its eight sections represents a different era in American history.

The Lunchbox Museum: Columbus, Ohio
You can almost smell the bologna sandwiches and too-ripe bananas in this Columbus museum, which houses the world’s largest lunchbox collection. Strawberry Shortcake, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, ET, and Spock are here in all their rectangular-tin glory, happy to walk down memory lane (straight to the cafeteria).

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum

Vegetable-themed salt and pepper shakers.

The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Unsung heroes of kitchen tables the world over, salt and pepper shakers are given top billing at this Tennessee museum, which displays over 20,000 vintage combos. With thematic displays including vegetables, presidential, Disney, and even I Love Lucy, there’s at least one pair that will appeal to each and every visitor.

World’s Longest Yard Sale: From Michigan to Alabama, August 2 – 5, annually.
Bargain hunters, take note: the world’s largest yard sale, which starts just north of Addison, Michigan, and runs to Gadsden, Alabama, is celebrating its 25th year with 690 miles of treasures just waiting to be unearthed.

Ave Maria Grotto: Cullman, Alabama
Talk about a DIY project! This four-acre park is home to 125 miniature reproductions of some of the world’s most famous religious landmarks, including Bethlehem, the Spanish missions, and the Vatican. These exhibits were built by Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk, using mostly found materials like marbles, seashells, glass jars, and jewelry.

Leila’s Hair Museum: Independence, Missouri
Human hair has long been loaded with symbolism and was even used to make jewelry, decorations, and mementos during the Victorian era through the turn of the century (you can read all about it here). Leila Cohoon has been collecting such pieces for more than 50 years; the result is a museum filled to the brim with wreaths, brooches, necklaces, and more. You’ll even find the locks of such famous folks as Queen Victoria and Marilyn Monroe.

The Musee Mecanique: San Francisco, CA
Forget flashing lights and special effects: back in ye olde days, arcade games were much more rudimentary, and mechanic music instruments, automatons, and moving dioramas were the main form of entertainment. You’ll find them all here, where a huge collection of arcade antiques is on display in a warehouse at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Look for Laffing Sally, an automated funhouse character from the ’30s and ’40s who found fame again when Neutral Milk Hotel used a recording of her laugh on their track “Holland 1945.”

The Grier-Musser Museum: Los Angeles, CA
This 13-room restored Victorian house is appealing enough on its own, but the fact that it’s stuffed with ephemera and antique collections makes it even more visit-worthy. The best part is that the displays change with the seasons; come this summer and you’ll find Independence Day memorabilia (including massive amounts of Statue of Liberty fare), visit in the fall and you’ll be greeted with tons of Halloween-themed vintage.

Burlingame Museum of Pez Memoribilia: Burlingame, CA
The Pez museum is tiny, but so are the artifacts it displays. Garfield, Wonder Woman, and Miss Piggy are just a few of the vintage characters you’ll find among its 500+ pieces, and be sure to have your picture taken next to the world’s largest Pez dispenser.

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Share your recommendations for interesting road trip destinations in the comments below!

Lisa Butterworth is a writer and editor soaking up the eternal sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not on the hunt for the latest and greatest in girl culture as the West Coast editor of BUST magazine, she's flea marketing, taco trucking, and generally raising a ruckus.

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  • kristincoffin

    Kristin Coffin from kristincoffin says: Featured

    If you're in the Los Angeles area: the Museum of Jurassic Technology is a must-see. We're talking everything from trailer park documentation, to a room full of microscopic rise art. Only one word for this place: bizarre...and satirical...and wildly confusing!

    1 year ago

  • PopLoveCouture

    Shai Wallach from PopLoveCouture says: Featured

    These sound like fantastic destinations! To be honest, I'm sure the best ones are those that no one's never even heard of. I love the beauty of wanderlust - traveling without a particular destination, checking out all kinds of little odd shops on the way. It reminds me of the little day-trips my family used to take to the nearby towns and villages. Fantastic memories - it makes me want to go out and create some new ones!

    1 year ago

  • AgelessThings

    AgelessThings from VintageAgelessThings says: Featured

    I so want to go to the longest yard sale! But I don't think my car is big enough!

    1 year ago

  • milkandbread

    Milk and Bread from milkandbread says: Featured

    If you find yourself in North Carolina you must pay a visit to Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro. It houses a huge collection of vintage toys, fabrics and other curiosities collected by "hoardaculturalist" Sylvia Gray who operated a thrift store in the space for over 40 years. http://www.goelsewhere.org/

    1 year ago

  • buttagal

    LC from cafedebutta says:

    love the colours. beautiful.

    1 year ago

  • lapetiteposy

    Becky from sojoshop says:

    Love finding these interesting places across America. There is a beauty & uniqueness to each town/city.

    1 year ago

  • StringBeardCraftery

    Stephanie from StringBeardCraftery says:

    I have yet to have the adventure and fun of a road trip. Every pit stop listed here would make the perfect route if I could get the time off of work! Thank you so much for sharing and giving me something to daydream about while I stock up on vacation time :)

    1 year ago

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    Vanessa Ryerse from TheMosaicButterfly says:

    Let's go!!!! I'm in for hair, garage sales, salt and pepper and miniatures....

    1 year ago

  • OnToVintage

    OnToVintage from OnToVintage says:

    Wow! This looks like so much fun!

    1 year ago

  • ShatteredButterfly

    Ellie McCabe from ShatteredButterfly says:

    Oh my goodness! I need to go to that yard sale!!!

    1 year ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin from bedouin says:

    Watch out America !!

    1 year ago

  • Overdue

    Kiova Staley from joyridevintage says:

    what an adorably clever image--US by buttons! I am intrigued by the Musee Mechanique, gonna have to put that on the agenda next time I am in the Bay!

    1 year ago

  • customizeBaby

    Custom Baby from customizeBaby says:

    WHAT A BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL MINI CITY!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS!!! SOoOoO TALENTED INDEED

    1 year ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    Road trip!!

    1 year ago

  • girlindustries

    Katy from girlindustries says:

    For our 30th birthdays my friend and I I took a road trip which took in Gatlinburg, TN, amongst other destinations across 6 more states. Thanks for bringing back some awesome memories!

    1 year ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    We have a wonderful model village in Babbacombe near where I live, it's always fascinated me. Then there's the local museum, in the old town grammar school in a building dating to the early 1700's (where my father's name can be found carved into a window frame from when he was at school there!) And another of my favourites, the tour around Plymouth Gin, the oldest gin distillery in the country, complete with the original copper vats... the smell is just heavenly! Seeking out these local gems is one of life's pleasures, well worth the effort & an enhancement to any trip, even if travelling in a more eco-friendly way as by rail, bus or bicycle!

    1 year ago

  • thelandlockedsailor

    The Bosun and Sarita Li Johnson from TheLandlockedSailor says:

    A Pez museum? I've go to see that!

    1 year ago

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  • OwleryJewelry

    Natalie from OwleryJewelry says:

    Got to get to that world's largest garage sale someday...

    1 year ago

  • sarahridgley

    Sarah Ridgley from PheasantPress says:

    Oh my, this is a great list!! I never knew I lived near a hair museum :)

    1 year ago

  • crottedebique

    AnneSo Godby from crottedebique says:

    Great article! I'd love to visit the USA! Get onboard my Camper van! https://www.etsy.com/listing/103207930/vw-style-camper-van-soft-toy

    1 year ago

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts says:

    Great articlef!

    1 year ago

  • UpsideDownFrowns

    UpsideDownFrowns from UpsideDownFrowns says:

    I love those buttons. My mom may have a million buttons. Makes me think of her. She would love this too.

    1 year ago

  • kristincoffin

    Kristin Coffin from kristincoffin says: Featured

    If you're in the Los Angeles area: the Museum of Jurassic Technology is a must-see. We're talking everything from trailer park documentation, to a room full of microscopic rise art. Only one word for this place: bizarre...and satirical...and wildly confusing!

    1 year ago

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  • bettylabamba

    Betty LaBamba from TheDecoratedShed says:

    Creation Museum

    1 year ago

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  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose says:

    Museum of Science in Boston. Or some natural history museum that includes a lesson about how the earth is older than 6000 years and no human being ever rode a T-rex. We used to drive cross country quite frequently between Boston and MB Canada. Road trips are too much fun.

    1 year ago

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage says:

    Awesome!

    1 year ago

  • paramountvintage

    kristin from blackmoonsky says:

    i'd love to attend the worlds longest yardsale! i'd love to go to any of these!

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    Love it!!!

    1 year ago

  • PopLoveCouture

    Shai Wallach from PopLoveCouture says: Featured

    These sound like fantastic destinations! To be honest, I'm sure the best ones are those that no one's never even heard of. I love the beauty of wanderlust - traveling without a particular destination, checking out all kinds of little odd shops on the way. It reminds me of the little day-trips my family used to take to the nearby towns and villages. Fantastic memories - it makes me want to go out and create some new ones!

    1 year ago

  • picturepainters

    picturepainters from PicturePainters says:

    Oh this makes me want to travel the states even more! And I do love a good road trip. Will have to look back at this guide next time I make it over that way! Would be so good to see all the little quirky things that really make a country instead of the touristy things where you are hearded around like cattle!! Thanks so much for making this!

    1 year ago

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush says:

    Love this!! I want to take a road trip!!

    1 year ago

  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage says:

    We always look for the local eateries, love tasting regional ice creams, pies and other desserts..

    1 year ago

  • SeventhCloudStudio

    Courtney D. Williams from SeventhCloudStudio says:

    Such cool places--I'm adding them to my bucket list! Wish I was road trippin' right now!

    1 year ago

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered says:

    I used to near by the Stabler-Leadbeather apothocary. I loved poking around in there. The only downside is that you begin coveting all those cool bottles. :-)

    1 year ago

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever says:

    Wow, what unique, off-the-wall places! Fantastic travel ideas :) Thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • yourauntiespanties

    Genevieve F from YourAuntiesPanties says:

    I'm off to the Salt and Pepper Shaker museum!! .....Well someday! :) I adore the button map of the US too, it is amazin'

    1 year ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage says:

    Great places to visit!

    1 year ago

  • KathyGDesigns

    Kathy G from KathyGDesigns says:

    Road trip!

    1 year ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    I love the offbeat places when we travel (as well as the great art museums!) One of my faves is the worlds largest basket in Dresden, Ohio, where Longaberger baskets originated. In my area I like the little waterfront downtown of Dunedin Florida, with lots of fun shops and eateries, a marina, art galleries. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has Winter the dolphin. Lots of options wherever you go.

    1 year ago

  • satellitedaisy

    satellitedaisy from satellitedaisy says:

    I have added The Grier-Musser & The Museum of Jurassic Technology to my must see list for my next trip to Los Angeles. I visited FIDM in April & was able to view a movie costume exhibit, the Lucien Lelong fragrance collection & some historical pieces worn by European royalty. Fabulous & free!

    1 year ago

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    phoebe ford reid from theswanandthefox says:

    I love road trips! Now I have some new destinations to add to my list :) And here's one that I'll share... The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia. Chock full of medical oddities. Creepy & cool all at once. http://www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum/

    1 year ago

  • ArtsyFlair

    Michaela Stephens from ArtsyFlair says:

    I'd love a road trip! Any day! :)

    1 year ago

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique says:

    I clicked on this because of the buttons (eye candy!) but I stayed because of the cool article. :)

    1 year ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye from VintageEye says:

    The Woodman Institute in Dover NH is a fabulous museum featuring an eclectic & varied collection of items from colonial history artifacts, political memorabilia, taxidermy, military items, butterfly & rock collections. There is even an authentic colonial garrison house from 1675! Truly a unique museum that is well worth a visit. http://woodmaninstitutemuseum.org/

    1 year ago

  • LittleAppleNY

    Dione from LittleAppleNY says:

    OMG---Roadside America! It was a magical place to visit as a child. I had forgotten all about it, and it's good to know that it still exists.

    1 year ago

  • AgelessThings

    AgelessThings from VintageAgelessThings says: Featured

    I so want to go to the longest yard sale! But I don't think my car is big enough!

    1 year ago

  • PaleMoonDarkNight

    Rachel Bradley from PaleMoonDarkNight says:

    Now all I need is a winnebago!

    1 year ago

  • PrintedPalette

    PrintedPalette from PrintedPalette says:

    Love all of this !

    1 year ago

  • elit716

    Elena from TheCraftyRascal says:

    My favorite was our road trip in France, where we just had a navigation, and a guide book about all the little towns, and we just drove north from Paris. We met the most amazing cast of characters! Lovely.

    1 year ago

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld says:

    The Peterson Rock Garden in Central Oregon was built by a Danish immigrant. You can see a Capitol Building, Statue of Liberty and many more elaborate architectural creations built of small rocks, shells and hardened lava. Plus there are peacocks!

    1 year ago

  • priscilapeters

    Priscila Peters from HeartsandDecor says:

    Summer is fun! We moved from MA to CO driving a truck last month and it was crazy fun!! I saw a lot in two long days and noticed that if you're looking for antiques, you have to go to Ohio and Indiana. Those place have huge antique stores...

    1 year ago

  • CozyMoments

    Michelle from CozyMoments says:

    Love it! We have been trying to go on one road trip a week this summer and have had some wonderful times so far! Road trips are awesome since you just never know what you are going to find!

    1 year ago

  • blueroompottery

    Marietta from blueroompottery says:

    Great article! Thanks for the new discoveries, many I didn't know! Fun places to visit! :)

    1 year ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    Love this post!

    1 year ago

  • happydancedesigns

    happydancedesigns from happydancedesigns says:

    I was at the Musee Mecanique a month ago! So many arcades there you can spend a whole day just checking it out. <3 Very awesome it was included here and great article read. :)

    1 year ago

  • JennasRedRhino

    Jennifer Schmidt from TheCatBall says:

    I grew up in rural Alasaka, where there aren't any roads. Our idea of a big trip was a drive out to the city dump at 9-mile, where we would hang out and watch bears and eagles eat the garbage. Locals affectionately called the dump "Montgomery Wards" or "JC'Penneys", which was a commentary on the useful things that could be found there.

    1 year ago

  • ModernButtercup

    Nat from ModernButtercup says:

    I love summer and would it certainly be one to remember if I visited each one of these unique, yet quirky places. I've only been to one of those locations though, I'm sad to admit. But it was pretty amazing all on it's own. The Pez museum was definitely worth going to!

    1 year ago

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    Janine from MomsantiquesNthings says:

    Didn't see any New York state museums on that list! Here are a few if you're going to be in the fingerlakes region we have the JELL-O museum in Leroy, NY, the Glenn Curtiss Airplane Museum in Hammondsport, NY, the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in W. Henrietta, NY and my favorite...the George Eastman House Museum of photography and Film in Rochester, NY!

    1 year ago

  • TheSSSeamstress

    Dana Palmie from TheSSSeamstress says:

    If you're in Los Angeles for the Grier-Musser museum, you have to stop by the Museum of Jurassic Technology. I'd try to explain what it is, but that would ruin the surprise! Needless to say, it's the quirkiest place I've ever been.

    1 year ago

  • JillianAudreyDesigns

    Jillian Audrey from JillianAudreyDesigns says:

    Such an awesome post! Thanks for including my photograph! I was born in Burlingame, CA ... I had no idea there was a Pez museum there! :)

    1 year ago

  • SketchAway

    Suhita from SketchAway says:

    I am a Bay Area resident, and I sketched and blogged Musee Mechanique here: http://sketchaway.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/doing-the-touristy-thing-in-san-francisco/ Will have to check out that Pez museum, thank you!!!

    1 year ago

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice says:

    I've always wanted to take a road trip across the USA, and this has really whet my appetite! As a collector of pharmacy bottles, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum sounds like an absolute must for me!

    1 year ago

  • ElliXS

    Elli from ElliXS says:

    Roadside America looks amazing. I could spend hours there but I'm too far away to visit.

    1 year ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    You just never know what you'll find by the roadside - I'd love to visit House on the Rock featured in Neil Gaiman's American Gods http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_on_the_Rock

    1 year ago

  • lovelulu8

    lovelulu8 from lovelulu8 says:

    i better steer clear of that yard sale or i'll be totally broke and hungover from espresso haha. how about the world's largest kaleidoscope upstate,ny made from a barn silo. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2175 haven't been in yrs, but it was pretty far out and the catskills are worth the trip :)

    1 year ago

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly says:

    I love to go read trippen but it usually consists of a 60 mile radius, but this sounds like fun!

    1 year ago

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  • nellsvintagehouse

    Janell from nellsvintagehouse says:

    Yay! Love this post.

    1 year ago

  • JLMPHOTOGRAPHS

    Janice Murray from JLMPHOTOGRAPHS says:

    Great post!

    1 year ago

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion from asundrynotion says:

    If you're doing a 'staycation' in Northeast Ohio, heading to Cleveland to visit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or just relish bites of small town America, take a short side trip 50 mi. south from Lake Erie to the Massillon Art Museum to see the phenomenal Immel miniature circus: www.massillonmuseum.org/exhibits_immel.html Housed in a recycled Art Deco period former dept. store, it's one of the best small city art museum and the town is a best kept secret. Downtown Massillon is a walking art tour treasure with astounding trompe l'oeil murals painted on exposed brick walls, from the Lincoln Hwy (the main drag) to alleys tucked off side streets. Go earlier in the day so you can get fresh, made from scratch bakery treats at Liberman's Bakery, directly opposite the art museum on 1st St. Among the best!

    1 year ago

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate says:

    Great post - must go to the garage sale someday!

    1 year ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade says:

    ROAD TRIP! Nothing better than discovering treasures all along the way! LOVE this post! One of the very best, for me, thus far!

    1 year ago

  • jardinsavage

    jardinsavage from JardinSavage says:

    Fun! thanks for posting...road trip here I come!

    1 year ago

  • iowajewel

    julie macneil from iowajewel says:

    so much fun to read and dream about! i too love road trips!

    1 year ago

  • SecondEditionJewelry

    Emily Clayton from SecondEditionJewelry says:

    Wall Drug, SD very fun and quirky town. Passed through with my husband on our cross country honeymoon trip.

    1 year ago

  • StagVintageGoods

    Jessica Beebe from StagVintageGoods says:

    Amazing. I would love to take a month off some summer and travel the country hitting some of these spots. :)

    1 year ago

  • milkandbread

    Milk and Bread from milkandbread says: Featured

    If you find yourself in North Carolina you must pay a visit to Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro. It houses a huge collection of vintage toys, fabrics and other curiosities collected by "hoardaculturalist" Sylvia Gray who operated a thrift store in the space for over 40 years. http://www.goelsewhere.org/

    1 year ago

  • knottednest

    knottednest from knottednest says:

    Perfect timing! I'm in the middle of a cross country road trip and may sneak a couple of these into the journey. Thanks!

    1 year ago

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    Beth Osberg from dbOsberg says:

    Another interesting place is "The House on the Rocks" in Wisconsin! Lots of vintage and unusual collections there!

    1 year ago

  • TwoGirlsandaTrailer

    Kim Hayes from TwoGirlsandaTrailer says:

    A big part of TGaaT's inspiration comes from travel and my current obsession is Martin and Osa Johnson. Recent road trip and recommendation is to the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas. It only would have been better if I had my Airstream for the trip. : ) Happy Traveling and thanks for the tips!

    1 year ago

  • AcrylicPixie

    AcrylicPixie from StitchingPixie says:

    Amanda Gynther, please warn people with sensitive children about the lifelike statue of a T-Rex in the Boston Museum of Science--- that thing can scare the heck out of a little kid who was otherwise enjoying a good museum! Also, the Enchanted Forest theme park in the Lake George area might still have Paul Bunyan (big guy with an axe) at their front entrance. Those things scared me half to death!

    1 year ago

  • Crackeled

    Crackeled says:

    Excellent post, does anybody know if there is a way of saving this blog for future reference? Hopefully not too future though! :)

    1 year ago

  • redemptionart

    Connie Haskell from redemptionart says:

    Awesome post, great places...NOW, if only they could "build a bridge" from Hawaii!

    1 year ago

  • rivahside

    rivahside says:

    Tangier Island, Virginia, in the Chesapeake Bay, is just a short cruise from Reedville, Virginia. It is a lovely little island whose natives speak in the original dialect of 17th century England!

    1 year ago

  • Crackeled

    Crackeled says:

    Excellent post. Does anybody know how to save blogs on Etsy? Would like to keep for future inspiration.

    1 year ago

  • AcrylicPixie

    AcrylicPixie from StitchingPixie says:

    When I commented on this blog about two hours ago, I forgot to plug an attraction in my hometown of Amsterdam, NY. I have not actually been inside the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, but if you're into to that, look for a storefront downtown with the "PWHF" logo on the front-facing window.

    1 year ago

  • BirdiesCozyNest

    Becky from BirdiesCozyNest says:

    So many places to see! We really loved visiting the Toy and Miniature Museum in Kansas City when we lived in Kansas many years ago.

    1 year ago

  • kortneyb

    kortneyb says:

    My tiny home town of Metropolis, IL is the "home of Superman", complete with large Superman statue, a small museum, a big hunk of Kryptonite, and a Superman Celebration every year in June! It's not that exciting to live here, but I never drive by the statue without seeing at least one tourist taking a photo.

    1 year ago

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns says:

    The World's Longest Yard Sale sounds too good to be true! I've never heard of such a thing, but I feel like that would certainly be worth a trip. Some of the greatest treasures I find come from yard sales - sorry Etsy, but even the vintage items available on this site don't compare to the booty waiting to be revealed from someone's attic or garage.

    1 year ago

  • ansluasi

    ansluasi from OnceUponABookshop says:

    I am not sure if my house (or my pocket book) could handle 690 miles of yard sales!! Far too much treasure to be seen and acquired and far too little will power to stop:)

    1 year ago

  • beckshouses

    beckshouses from beckshouses says:

    What interesting finds. Especially the hair museum.

    1 year ago

  • rubaianne

    Anne Palumbo from AnniesWayBackShop says:

    We hit the road often to scour yard sales and flea markets in our local area and some of the country is breath taking. Recently, we took a trip to NC, saw Lake Lure and of course I always left my camera to bake in the car. oy! The pics are excellent eye candy!

    1 year ago

  • ohgoodpuppy

    Megan from ohgoodpuppy says:

    I love these suggestions! I will definitely keep them in mind the next time I'm on the road. Another interesting destination we've visited is "Boathenge" in Easley, Missouri (a very small town) when we biked the Katy Trail. You have to be looking for it or you'll miss it... but it's really interesting! A guy has taken a bunch of old boats and stood/buried them vertically in a Stonehenge-like configuration.

    1 year ago

  • silvaines

    ines silva from craftsondecoupage says:

    amaziiing!!!!

    1 year ago

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties says:

    Awesome places to visit! Definitely want to check out the long yard sale!

    1 year ago

  • ccruze25

    Caroline Cruze from PoorLittleButterfly says:

    I love the map made from buttons. Too Cute! There were some pretty amazing places to visit and see. One that is local for Southern Ohians is Hocking Hills. The caves and views are breath taking. Most of the hiking around the area is easy and convient for all. A perk to being in and around the caves is the lack of cell phone reception. So peaceful!

    1 year ago

  • SassySisterVintage

    Kim Strozewski from SassySisterVintage says:

    We will be taking a 2 1/2 week road trip from Alabama to Wyoming/Utah starting in a day and half. I have found southwest Wyoming to be very interesting for digging for amazing fossils. Some really amazing fossil museums too! In the same area is the very first JCPenny that we visited 2 years ago.

    1 year ago

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    Abby from ChiquesCreekBoutique says:

    So glad you included Roadside America! I live near there and have gone there a few times. The best thing there is how they "go through a day". They have sunset, then night fall with all the stars and then sunrise! It's so cool. Also if anyone is in or will be in PA...Columbia has a National Watch and Clock museum. (that's in Lancaster county if you're trying to find Columbia on a map) Happy travels everyone!

    1 year ago

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    KDee Wood from CheaperThanShirt says:

    Pretty neat stuff, I definitely need to take a road trip one of these days... I need to get away from our shop ha ha.

    1 year ago

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    Daisy Doll from DaisyDollBunting says:

    Love this!! x

    1 year ago

  • brayhite

    Brandon Hite says:

    Courtesy of Roadtrippers.com, here's the road trip (minus the world's longest yard sale, that's along US 42): http://roadtrippers.com/#trips/4ff6111cd0394a0ccd000010 All 4,890 miles of it.

    1 year ago

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  • Jacksonstat

    Jacksonstat says:

    You made me stop and think, how did I not know there was a Lunchbox Museum here in Columbus?? That's because it's in Columbus, GA... not OH. Unfortunately for me.

    1 year ago

  • aliciawatkins

    Alicia Watkins from aliciawatkins says:

    Two friends and I were studying in England for a semester ten years ago, and like good tourists, we trekked out to Stonehenge one windy afternoon (all afternoons there are windy!), then looked at it from outside the fence with everyone else. On the way back, on a whim we got off the bus to explore a seemingly empty field with a sign in front that said "Lord's Walk." It was a long, gallery-like meadowy area, and as we approached it, we also noticed that just off to the side in the woods was an obstacle-course-like set of equipment, probably for exercising. We spent an hour climbing on all of it! It was awesome. When we refer to that trip, we always start with "Remember the Lord's Walk?" Stonehenge became an afterthought -- something cool that we saw, but not something we experienced. That's why I love these kinds of little museums and side-trips; they're so particular and often such personal interests, they end up being way more fun than the usual tourist destinations.

    1 year ago

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    Chris Contri from chrisndan0202 says:

    If you have not been... The Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, MO is a must! Years ago I moved a friend from Ohio to California. We drove Route 66 and took 5 days so we could do the roadside America thing. We wanted to go for pure kitsch factor, but ended up finding out what Precious Moments really are (in one word... CREEPY). Be prepared to be the youngest people there!

    1 year ago

  • RubberStampPress

    Kim from RubberStampPress says:

    World’s Longest Yard Sale sounds like a such a fun road trip...thanks for a great article!

    1 year ago

  • CanningCrafts

    Alison from CanningCrafts says:

    There's an amazing ventriloquist dummy museum in Vent Haven, Kentucky. You need to schedule an appointment, but we were able to get in easily. http://venthavenmuseum.com/

    1 year ago

  • grandmamarievintage

    Aly Barohn from vauxvintage says:

    This is definitely a bookmarked article! I am itching to get out of this big city and onto the road. Great ideas!

    1 year ago

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    Amanda Brown from BarkingMadBoutique says:

    The colours in this are fantastic! The Wor'd Longest Yard Sale.. not sure my home or car could handle this. Loved this!

    1 year ago

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    1 year ago