Is there a better way to see America than on the road? Many an explorer has set off from New York and made it across to the West Coast. You might not even have a destination in mind. It’s all about the journey, right? That’s how it was for Jack Kerouac. In his seminal novel, On The Road, he wrote about the beauty of traveling across the US. The excitement of meeting strange and wonderful people. Eating at a new diner every day. Waking up in a new state and just seeing what the world brings.
So hitch up your camper trailers from Caravan & Camper Megastore or plan out the motel stops, let’s hit the road! You’ll encounter some strange things on your travels but here are some of the weirdest things you’ll see on your America road trip. You won’t see these from the plane.
1. A tree so big you can drive through it.
Trees don’t come that big, right? Wrong. In Sequoia national park the trees are so big you can drive your car right through them. The trees are ancient Redwood trees and they are largest in the world. General Sherman is the biggest. Although, you can’t drive through him. Just look at him. Sequoia is a little off the beaten track – up in the Californian mountains – so you’ll need to make sure that you’re well prepared before you go looking for this one.
2. Cadillac Ranch
There’s a strange place just off I-40 and Route 66 where you’ll find a row of Cadillacs buried nose first in the sand. It’s an eerie sight that began as an art project by hippies. Now, passers-by are encouraged to spray paint the cars and add to the weirdness.
3. Bonnie and Clyde’s Death Car
The infamous bullet-riddled car isn’t actually that easy to find. It is constantly moved around the country – last seen in Reno (so they say) so you’ll have todo your research before you set out. It’s worth it though to see this amazing piece of gangster history.
4. Forbidden Gardens
This might be the creepiest thing you see on your trip. Maybe it’s just because small versions of things are always creepy. In Texas you’ll find a 1:3 scale model of the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi. That’s the one with 6,000 terracotta soldiers. And there’s a 1:20 scale version of the forbidden city. Disney World this is not.
5. The Clown Motel
Okay, I lied. This is the creepiest thing you’ll see on the road. A motel full of clowns! Serious, there are clowns everywhere. Even if you’re not scared of clowns, staying here will be a scary experience. Lie in the dark and tell me that one’s not moving…
There are – of course –hundreds of other strange sites out on the open road. Not least a beer-can house, a statue of Jimmy Carter as a peanut and an office that looks like a picnic basket. But you’ll have to discover them yourself with your dusty old ride, a tent or a motel room. See you on the road!
Thanks to Angus MacRae for the image.