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Cool Roadside Attractions To See On Your Next Road Trip

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NY1's Valarie D'Elia shares some of her picks for cool roadside attractions that are worth a look on your next road trip. She filed the following report.

Labor Day is the last driving holiday of the summer, and my "Getaway, Not Far Away" road trip series is coming to an end after three months of touring the Eastern Seaboard in a rental car.

Along the way, the Roadside America app directed me to attractions I otherwise might have whizzed right by, although it would be hard to miss Lucy the Elephant in Margate, New Jersey.

The best interactive tourism promo I found is along the Jersey Shore, where I discovered that Wildwood is actually plural.

The South is especially rich with peculiar roadside sideshows, and this travel gal loves the World Globe storage tank in Savannah.

Also near Savannah, I prayed to the traffic gods at the smallest church in America.

And, as if Great Danes aren't big enough, there was one guarding his namesake business.

Some of my favorites are natural attractions. For instance, on Jekyll Island, Driftwood Beach is a graveyard for twisted trees that died from erosion.

In the country's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida, a 600-year-old live oak tree known as the Old Senator is growing older in a motel parking lot. 

Pulling off the side of the road for a dive that isn't even on Guy Fieri's radar is a special treat. Kickin' Chicken, along Route 17 in Darien, Georgia, is a must eat.

If you find yourself driving in Fall River, Massachusetts, look out for Rolling Rock in the middle of the road, a glacial boulder on a permanent perch.

Another popular photo op is found in Newport, Rhode Island, a sculpture known as the "Feet and the Wave," right off of Thames Street.

Remember to keep your eye on the road and off your app, primarily for safety's sake, but also to leave room for your own roadside discoveries.

As is common practice in the travel industry, Travel With Val often receives complimentary travel or reduced "media" rates at hotels, resorts and attractions, including those that may be featured in these reports. Such consideration is not taken in exchange for any express or implied promise or understanding of any nature, particularly regarding the content of these reports. These reports only feature travel providers personally recommended by Valarie D’Elia in the exercise of her independent editorial judgment, and do not represent the endorsement of Time Warner Cable or any third party. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP