Tourism and Kitsch
I readily admit I am a sucker for cheesy tourist traps and silly kitschy roadside stuff. On a trip to Spokane to visit family, I made my wife go a half hour out of the way just so I could go see a giant Radio Flyer. I consider the Winchester Mansion to be a holy place on par with the Vatican.
When I read Neil Gaiman’s book American Gods I learned of The House On The Rock. Gaiman uses it as an important setting in the book. The House was built by one Alex Jordan Jr., who built it as a tourist attraction – perhaps because of a grudge his father held against architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who ran a communal architectural school nearby. So far, it’s about the only thing I’ve seen that might want to make me go to Wisconsin. The official website is here, and some really fantastic photos can be found here.
This place looks like just the type of cheesy tourist attraction I’d enjoy. I’ve been to Alcatraz, I’ve been to the “ghost town” of Jerome, Arizona, I’ve been to the Roy Rogers museum (not by choice, though). What are some tourist traps you like?