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Roadside Americana takes you on an armchair tour of some of the gaudiest, kitschiest, and weirdest wonders in the United States and Canada. The book explains the history of the roadside attraction and gives you an up-close look at hundreds of fascinating examples, including:

Solomon s Castle in Ona, Florida, a shiny 10,000-square-foot private residence and bed and breakfa
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Hardcover, 128 pages
Published July 30th 2004 by Publications International (first published 2004)
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Theresa
Nov 10, 2007 Theresa rated it it was amazing
A fun, heavily illustrated tour of roadside attractions. From Carhenge in Nebraska to Wall Drug in South Dakota to Casa Bonita in Denver to the Rock City barns to the attractions of Route 66, this book will delight aficionados of the eccentric and the bizarre. The background information is interesting- I'm as curious to know why someone would think it's a good idea to build the world's largest hercules beetle or a something like Carhenge as I am to visit them. The book has helped me to choose wh ...more
Victoria
Jul 29, 2016 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, Love this book.

This is what books about roadside attractions should be. Lots of pictures. Attractions in well organized groups. Not a very long book, only 128 pages. The last page lists all the attractions according to state so a great place to start looking for these roadside wonders.

Makes me want to, "Get out on the Highway. Looking for Adventure".
Jamie
Feb 11, 2015 Jamie rated it it was ok
I think a lot of people would love this book. I liked the idea, but found a lot of the places listed just reeked too much of "tourist trap". There are some really dumb man-made places in America.
Lauri
Mar 04, 2016 Lauri added it
Coffeetableesq book . Nice to learn more about some of these landmarks. Good ideas what to see and what to skip.
Pat Murphy
Aug 06, 2015 Pat Murphy rated it liked it
Fun, lighthearted stories and photos of the stuff you see along some freeway stops.
Amber
Aug 02, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing
My children and I LOVE this book. We used it on our Summer 2010 Roadtrip and tried to see most of the things in it!
Nicole G.
Jan 05, 2008 Nicole G. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007
A pictorial journey through North America, paying homage to those roadside sculptures and buildings that catch the eye.
Jen
Sep 11, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
This was a REALLY fun book to look through - all the "landmarks"
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