The Country's Quirkiest Roadside Attractions

by , SmarterTravel Staff - May 29, 2007 See all photo galleries
Route 66 Museum, Elk City, Oklahoma

Route 66 Museum

We've all heard the saying, "Life is a journey, not a destination," but in today's world of planes, super highways, and ultra-fast vehicles, the journey typically involves getting to the destination quickly. However, for those of us who like to take things slowly and stop along the way, roadside attractions still provide the perfect distraction to a never-ending highway, and oftentimes are free or cost less money than renting a DVD for your car.

Route 66 is where America's fascination with roadside attractions really began, and even though most of the old highway has been replaced by interstate, the Mother Road still stands as one of the greatest roadside attractions ever created. One of the best places to learn about its history is at the" target="_blank">National Route 66 Museum in Elk City, Oklahoma. Admission is $5, and includes a walk down memory lane as you wander an exhibit of the old highway decorated with memorabilia and artifacts of its glory days.

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