If you are planning an upcoming road trip but are having a hard time coming up with unique stops along the way, consider looking into one of these unique roadside attractions. Whether used as a rest stop or as a final destinations, each of these spaces offers something interesting for you and your family to experience and explore.
Biosphere 2, Oracle, Arizona
If you are traveling through Arizona and have any sort of interest in Science, plan a trip to the Biosphere 2. This unique facility is dedicated to the research and understanding of global scientific issues. The facility is designed to serve as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies as well as serve as a provider of public education. The Center, which is part of the University of Arizona, views itself as a center for research and outreach for all things pertaining to the Earth and its place in the universe. The facility is open to the public through a variety of conference which take place throughout the year and there are also general admission tickets available each day to tour the grounds. To learn more about this unique opportunity, go to biosphere2.org.
Desert of Maine, Freeport, Maine
Known as the Tuttle Farm from 1783-1919, this unique tourist spot came to be due to ancient glacial sand deposit being exposed due to poor farming practices. The resulting sand dunes cover over 40 acres of sandy land in the midst of an otherwise green, lush area. This odd phenomenon can be explored on foot or via a 30-minute coach tour. For added for fun, tour the 1783 Tuttle Barn, which is part museum, part gift shop, and discover a whole new level of unique and interesting gifts. To learn more about the tours and the history of this woodland desert oasis, go to desertofmaine.com.
The Thing, Dragoon, Arizona
Located off of Exit 322 on a hilltop near Texas Canyon, in Dragoon, Arizona is an unusual roadside attraction that bills itself as “The Thing.” The location costs under $2 to enter and includes three prefabricated corrugated steel sheds that are home to a variety of oddball exhibits. From a 1937 Rolls-Royce that allegedly was used by Adolph Hitler, to framed lithographs, a covered wagon and other vintage memorabilia, this sometimes interesting, sometimes terrifying stop definitely ranks at the top of any “Unique” roadside attraction list.