When I first stumbled upon a review of Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But with the promise of one of the more unique “world’s largest” things I’ve ever visited, we grabbed some coffee and headed about 40 minutes northwest of Madison on US-12. Upon arriving we found that the park actually wasn’t open yet (see accurate hours of operation below), but decided to wait in the car for the 25 extra minutes and am I ever glad we did.Continue Reading…
The American Gothic House has always been a favorite Iowa attraction of mine—why else would I visit three times in the past two years? So when I learned the home would soon be open to the public, I knew I needed to visit again.
On my way toward the Villages of Van Buren, I made a quick stop in Eldon, Iowa. It was a little disappointing that there was no pie to look forward to, but I was excited to be able to take a peak inside the American Gothic House.Continue Reading…
I’ve seen the sign off of I-80 countless times—Brooklyn: Community of Flags. But, for whatever reason, I’ve never been curious enough to stop. That is, until recently.
With a population of just over 1,400 people, it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t roll into Brooklyn expecting a thriving metropolis. But for a small town, the Community of Flags brings a lot of worldly presence.Continue Reading…
Today I’ve got another #throwbackThursday post to share from the San Francisco road trip I took a few years back. On our first day in the car (where we decided it was a good idea to drive all the way across Nebraska—not something I’d recommend), we stopped in North Platte for dinner.
Just off the I-80 exit in North Platte, you’ll find Fort Cody Trading Post, an eclectic mixture of gift shop, museum and weird roadside attraction.Continue Reading…
Winter is slowly descending over the Midwest, which means, among other things, that it’s not as easy for me to get out and explore as it is in the warmer months. So instead, I decided to create a little #throwbackThursday post for one of my favorite, now-defunct roadside oddities.Continue Reading…
It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than three years since I started Olio in Iowa as a way to document my life and adventures in Iowa. In that time I’ve come to love the roadside oddities and little quirks that make the Midwest the place I love calling home.
I’ve also discovered how much I enjoy sharing tips, origin stories and favorite moments from the road trips I take. For awhile, that meant strictly blog posts about my experiences at different attractions and World Largest things. But now, there’s an easier way to follow my roadside adventures with Olio in Iowa’s Complete Guide to Roadside Attractions.Continue Reading…
It’s been a little too long since my last big road trip, so next week I’m piling in the car with my family and heading east to visit relatives in Connecticut. Sure, it might be more practical to fly, but for quite few reasons, a road trip made the most sense.
While it’s not nearly as long of a drive as San Francisco, it’s always good to have things to look forward to along the way. So, for now, here are a few of the attractions I’m excited to stop at en route to the East Coast:
- Thomas Edison’s Birthplace – Milan, Ohio (Roadtrippers)
- Gobblers Knob – Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania (Roadtrippers) – Who wouldn’t want to pay a visit to Punxsutawney Phil?
- Scranton, Pennslyvania: Home of “The Office” (Roadtrippers) – While Dunder Mifflin (and its office building) aren’t real, there are quite a few locations around Scranton, like Poor Richard’s Pub, that exist in real life.
Have any must-see attractions along the way? I’d love to hear your suggestions!
As I was organizing some files and cleaning off old memory cards, I happened to stumble upon these photos from a trip earlier this summer of a tree in the middle of the road near Brayton, Iowa.
After being diverted from the highway because of a major accident, we ventured out on some (very) bumpy dirt roads in search of this roadside attraction and our predetermined detour. Continue Reading…
During a Saturday stop in Winterset, Iowa, we visited the birthplace of actor John Wayne. Born May 26, 1907 to Clyde and Mary Morrison, Wayne’s boyhood home is located just off the city’s main square. The tiny white home—restored to appear as it did in 1907—is surrounded by a statue of the western star, a small gift shop and, if fundraising goes well, a John Wayne Museum.
We passed on the 20-minute tour of the actor’s birthplace—cost is $7 for adults—so we weren’t able to go inside his boyhood home, but we spent some time wandering the grounds and perusing the many John Wayne-themed items inside the shop. We even spotted a van painted as an homage to The Legend himself.
Birthplace of John Wayne, 216 S. 2nd Street in Winterset, IA
At this point it shouldn’t come as shock that I love roadside attractions and world’s largest things. On multiple occasions I’ve dragged friends miles out of our way and spend a little bit too long tracking down obscure travel destinations to add to my mental list.
As that list grew I decided to create an actual list—in the form of a new blog tab—to help you browse all of my roadside adventures and help plan some of your own. Start planning your own adventure today!
Have a suggestion? Let me know which roadside attraction I should explore next!