I have run across another great website to help you in planning your next road trip or vacation. When you start planning, you might want to sidle on over to roadsideamerica.com and check out their findings on unusual, odd, and downright weird places to visit.
You can, for example, find out more about Salem Sue, the 38 ft. high and 50 ft. long cow in New Salem, North Dakota. Or, you might decide to take a look at Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska. It is a replica of Stonehenge, but with a twist - it is made entirely of cars painted a flat grey color to replicate the color of stone.
I will be traveling in North Carolina some in the next few months and so checked out what it had to offer in particular. If you will be in the Asheville area during the holidays in 2009, you may want to check out information on the ATOM Museum (the Aluminum Tree & Ornament Museum). Or, perhaps, the Freak Museum in Belhaven is more your speed. That is, if you might enjoy seeing a pig with two snouts.
If you would like something a little more educational, there is the Country Doctor Museum in Bailey, North Carolina (near Raleigh). One of the highlights of this museum are the Civil War exhibits, which include operating tables, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the exhibits.
I would also like to mention, although it's completely off the subject, a bookstore I happened to run across while doing research on Asheville, NC for my trip. It is an independently owned bookstore called Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe. (their website is malaprops.com). I haven't been there, but it looks interesting and is a definite on my list of places to visit while I'm in town. I'm always glad to see independent bookstores in a world of big warehouse-type bookstores with employees who know twice as much about the latest trends in cappuccino flavors as they do books and authors. If you have been there, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.