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Old 02-18-2017, 08:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Obscure Sightseeing Destinations

The last couple of years we've started going on trips to somewhat obscure or interesting places. We typically start with one main destination and then find things around them that we want to see. Trying to come up with more ideas of places that we want to add to our list. Some places that come to mind off the bat that we've traveled to:

The Steamship Arabia Museum in Kansas City, MO - A Historic Kansas City Attraction &laquo The Arabia Steamboat Museum - A Historic Kansas City Attraction Arabia Steamboat Museum – Kansas City
The website is a little hokey, but the museum was AMAZING and SO well done. We'll eventually go back.

The House on the Rock outside of Dodgeville, WI - https://www.thehouseontherock.com/
I think we spent 4 hours walking around that place and I still don't have the words to explain it. Obscure would be an understatement. Very interesting and SO much to look at for any interest. We also went to the Mississippi River museum which was well done and interesting in Dubuque, Iowa.

Most recently we went to Louisville, KY for a concert and went to the Lousiville Slugger Museum/Factory tour which was interesting and then went to the Peerless Distillery just around the block which was really neat and included a taste test at the end. We went down to Mammoth Caverns and did the tour which was really well worth it - that was a National Park I had heard next to nothing about. The caverns are amazing and the longest in the world, with only a portion of them being discovered.

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Took an alternate route coming back from Vegas a few years ago, ended up stopping by Cathedral Gorge, one of the strangest natural areas I've been to. Never heard of it before, it's right next door to the middle of nowhere.

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Last year we went to see the Paulding Light, a "ghost light" in Michigans upper peninsula.

This year we went to the Stormy Kromer hat factory for a tour.

Both trips were part of a multiday snowmobile trip. Not sure what next years random destination will be.
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My wife and I were thinking of going to Watkins Glen NY, may not be obscure? I knew about the track but not so much about the area.
Looks cool...

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That may make me want to get out to that side of the country.
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Steens mountains, alvadore desert hot springs, se Oregon. Kieger mustangs, definitely off beat but cool.
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My wife and I were thinking of going to Watkins Glen NY, may not be obscure? I knew about the track but not so much about the area.
Looks cool...

The gorge is awesome but over run with foreign tourists. I can get the names of some cool falls near there.

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Huge fan of obscure sights and 80's movie filming locations. Anytime we're out of town, we google all the weird stuff and sites
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My wife and I were thinking of going to Watkins Glen NY, may not be obscure? I knew about the track but not so much about the area.
Looks cool...


Check out the flume gorge in Franconia vt
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Have you been to Vazquez Rocks?





Located near Los Angeles on Hwy 14 at the Agua Dulce exit.

When I was a kid, they had the Ben Hur castle in the park. Its been gone a long time.

The main rock is about 300 feet tall.

I always stop there and climb it when I'm passing by.
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Check out the flume gorge in Franconia vt
Wow are there two? Because the one in NH is awesome.

If you wanted an obscure new england trip, I'd come up central ma to the Connecticut river valley. Less busy, lead touristy, still beautiful. Plenty of cool little destinations. Dr suess museum in ma. Montshire museum is very cool. Take the back road north along the river to see if Dartmouth crew is rowing. Heck, take the back roads as much as possible, especially in the upper valley. They go the same place. I haven't gotten to the american precision museum or the st albans museum yet, but want to. Maybe head to mt washington from there to drive up the auto Rd.
like mud trucks? Time it for vermonster. Definitely hit the farmway store.
Then tell everyone it sucked, don't go. .
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Opus 40. Saugertiea New York its man made but still interesting.
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My wife and I were thinking of going to Watkins Glen NY, may not be obscure? I knew about the track but not so much about the area.
Looks cool...

Awesome place
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A bit off the beaten path, if you're banging around Moab, is Hovenweep National Monument:





Always been the only one there when I went to visit. Its one of the best Anasazi sites I've been to, alot like a small Mesa Verde, without peeples.

Closer to Moab, and a good place to wheel out to from the Needles district (Elephant Hill Trail) is Beef Basin. Lots of Anasazi ruins there, along a smooth track, which is kinda nice after a day of hard wheeling.

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There's always the worlds largest beaver dam in Alberta Canadia.
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There's always the worlds largest beaver dam in Alberta Canadia.
Well, don't post a link or anything.
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The Corn Palace. Really funky.

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The run down alleyway in Georgetown CO where a scene from "Every Which Way But Loose" was filmed is still there. Hardly worth the effort to walk past it, however. If you didn't know it was filmed there you would think, "Man, they need to clean that up.".
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So, uh, when folks post, could ya like post a pic, and at least rudimentary directions to the place?

Thread has potential.... make it gold.
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All along I-90 across SD there are old-time tourist trap style attractions. They are fun, as long as your expectations are low. They do break up the crushing boredom of the drive, though.
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In the Saline Valley west of Death Valley, are the Saline Valley Warm Springs:



A great way to get there is to take Steel Pass Rd. from the Eureka Dunes. (Take Death Valley Rd. from 395 and turn rt. on S. Eureka Rd.

Camp at the warm springs, take a swim with the hippie chicks (it's America's 1st clothing optional national park, part of Death Valley), and then wheel the Lippincot trail to Death Valley, stopping at the Racetrack along the way to watch the moving rocks.





Its my favorite way to travel to Vegas for my annual tradeshow gig.
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Fort Benton Montana you can see Shep the dog. All i got.

the story of shep

Oh and Cadillac ranch in Amarillo is not worth it to go out of your way to see it. Its one of those i am here why not.
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The Indian ruins in Aztec New Mexico were cool as a kid. We lived in Aztec so I got to go a lot of times back in the late 80s or early 90s. It would be cool to go back since they are always digging up more of it.

https://www.nps.gov/azru/index.htm
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