Anyone driving in the US will encounter kitsch diners and gaudy motels, but the roads are too lined with oddball museums and unique amusements New Testament mini-golf anyone?

Winning tip: Cargo vehicle motel, Pennsylvania

Visiting Amish Country on our superhighway trip from Philadelphia to Chicago, we stayed in an old-time caboose( railroad wagon ): the Red Caboose Motel in Ronks. The motel consists of a cord of old cars in bucolic country. On the farm beside our caboose we watched Amish men in wide-brimmed hats farming with old-fashioned implements; we bought grow from women in bonnets and long garments, and motioned to Amish children peering from buggies. The cabooses differ; large sections cater for houses with bunk beds, whereas the smaller baggage vehicle is more essential. Theres a dining car restaurant and even a honeymoon caboose with whirlpool bath.
Doubles from $80 room exclusively, redcaboosemotel.com
bowbank

Florida island eatery

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Stepping into the Bubble Room on North Captiva island, off Florida, is akin to stepping into every dream of 1950 s America. From the vintage toys inside glass tables, to mommas own cooking in the kitchen, youre overcome with the sees and sounds of this playful eatery with a kitsch Christmas theme. The hardest role will be selecting which chamber youll ingest your dinner in.
Dinner mains from $18.95,
bubbleroomrestaurant.com
Anna Kilcooley

Hooked on barbed wire? Texas

Devil's
Photograph: Mark Williamson/ Getty Images

The Devils Rope and Route 66 Museum in McLean, merely off the old-time Route 66, is housed in a former( underwired ?) bra factory. Barbed wire was used extensively in ranching, and many of the 2,000 different structures of cable, and appropriate tools used to construct the barriers, are exposed here. Not grabbing you yet? Theres also a photographic and textual record of the dust bowl( the 1930 s period of dust storms caused by shortage and good farming methods) and cattle raise. You can even buy barbed wire artwork, including some unique statue; and theres a division devoted to Route 66 memorabilia, including the original Big Texan Steak Ranch cow, an old-time motel signed.
barbedwiremuseum.com
fionachaillier

Gods golf course, Kentucky

Mini

Weve done our fair share of US road errands and often use roadsideamerica.com as inspiration for detour. The Bible mini-golf at the Lexington Ice Center , set in gardens with cascades and creeks, was worth stopping at for sheer quirkiness alone. You can choose from three different trends, Old Testament, New Testament or Miracles, where youll note holes announced Mount Sinai and Jonah and the Whale, for example. We played Miracles … its as underwhelming as you might suppose!
lexingtonicecenter.com
Chris0 000

Classic roadside coffeehouse, Montana

Echo

As you pate south from the west line-up of Glacier national park, side-step the main US93 in favour of the scenic MT-3 5 which hugs the eastern shore of Flathead Lake and takes in cinematic Montana farmlands and landscapes along the way. Echo Lake Cafe in Bigfork is the perfect place to refuel. A classic American roadside coffeehouse with a menu to match( lunch from $9.40 ), wooden kiosks, outside sit, excellent bottomless coffee, and impeccable busines. Be prepared to queue up alongside the locals; its definitely worth the wait.
echolakecafe.com
VonBon

Kitsch amusement park, Indiana

Holiday

Just south of Interstate 64 in Indiana youll find the bewilder, alluring city of Santa Claus . Although the town aspects numerous Christmas-themed entertainments, the main describe is the appropriately mentioned Holiday World theme park. The residence is schemed around four holiday-themed areas: Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and is as kitschy and fantastic as it musics. With amazing wooden rollercoasters and a superb water park, Holiday World is a must see if you ever find yourself driving through southern Indiana.
Adult $50, children $40,
holidayworld.com
klo3 912

Big Sur literary stopoff, California

Henry
Photograph: Alamy

The Henry Miller Memorial Library is on Highway One at Big Sur. It is dedicated to the renowned scribe and describes itself as a residence where good-for-nothing happens. In the winter its a beautiful discern where you can stop off and enjoy the startling coastal circumvents, browsing novels and experience free tea and coffee. During the summer it hosts a variety of cultural occurrences from movie screenings in the wood, to intimate gigs on a makeshift stagecoach. For a being who said tributes defeated the aim of a mans life. Only by living your own life to the full are you able honour the storage of someone, Miller certainly has the most beautiful one Ive ever been to.
henrymiller.org
todayherenow

Wild west jailhouse, Arizona

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We found this small area of the wild west while driving through Arizonas Tonto national forest. Founded as a mining camp in 1875, remote Globe in Gila County has remained a real frontier town you are able to find a few unique accumulates and old-time diners. Theres also the notorious Gila County courthouse , now the beautiful Cobre Valley Center for the Arts and the adjacent preferably ghostly Old Jailhouse . Globes history is fastened with slayings, fixes, stagecoach crimes, Apache attacks, vigilante justice and links to the Clanton brothers of Gunfight at the OK Corral fame. Phineas Clanton married, had a ranch and is implanted there.
Jailhouse tours from Cobre Valley Center for the Arts
Rachel Bloomfield

A desert oasis, Arizona

Rosies
Rosies Den in 2010. Image: Alamy

We first stumbled across Rosies Den on the way to see the Great Wash( the westernmost part of the Grand Canyon ). The exterior had a Bates Motel feel to it clapboard shanty with fading colour, windows thick with desert dust, a disused pickup truck surrounded by tumbleweeds and a rather sad looking Joshua Tree arising as a result of a gravel pit. Inside, there were just a few wooden tables, one elderly server and a short counter, so we werent expecting much. Then the menus arrived. Between the four members of us we eat steak and minced potatoes, cookies and country gravy, flannel-cakes and eggs, a cheeseburger and fries, and lemon meringue, blueberry and coconut cream pasty. Rosies has undergone many changes since. The original building burned down, then Rosie passed away, but her son rebuilt, landscaped and refurnished it. He increased the bar, set a jukebox and hired more personnel. New menu components were added and the place now sells concoctions. But Rosies still has a huge amount of nostalgic allure and good, homemade meat. Its not only a roadside stop its a destination itself.
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MelRoy

Giant flaw, Arizona

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