BEST RESOURCE FOR MAKING AN INTERSTATE TRIP FUN
Long boring interstate rides turn fun, exciting and educational when you know something about the places you drive through.
Hey, did you know some guys looking for bat guano found a 2,500-year-old stash of duck decoys? Interstate 80 in Nevada goes close to the site. Now a good-looking modern Paiute-Shoshone Indian reproduces them exactly like his ancestors used to make them. His artwork is even displayed in a Smithsonian museum in DC.
Find out more about this and lots of other fascinating pieces of TRIVIA along the interstates.
Be the first in your car to find the Smiley Water Tower hiding among Iowa's corn fields. Hint: it's at Exit 76.
This one's harder - try to pick out the lone grave stone up on a hill overlooking Interstate 80. It's the final resting place of Englishman Clement Bengough, widely considered to be "the first dude on the Laramie Plains." Even when you know that it's near Milepost 282 in Wyoming, you might miss it altogether.
Interstates are full of fun things to try to spot. You just have to know they are there.
Bet you didn't know Utah's Iosepa at Exit 77 was a Hawaiian town at the edge of the Salt Lake Desert.
Learning the mystery behind strange names isn't life changing but on a long road trip, it can pass some time, start conversations and just provide a quick amusement. Some names aren't so odd but carry with them an interesting story.
Details of the landscape often go unnoticed at 70 miles an hour but with a little head's up, you might find out something interesting - like this: In Ohio, an I-80 bridge goes over the Cuyahoga River which caught fire several times leading to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
MOTHER NATURE provides some of the best diversions on a long interstate trip.
It's often a quirky musuem (like Sutter's Fort in California, shown here) or sometimes it's a quaint town that could lure you off the interstate for a quick SIDE TRIP.