Suggestions: Roadside Attractions

Hello friends,

I am about to embark on another cross-country adventure, with my family in tow. We are moving back to Michigan, for good this time.

I’m done chasing jobs.

Anyway, we are heading south on I-5 to Portland and East on I-84 through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, & Michigan.

So far, we are stopping at Multnomah Falls, OR and Little America, WY. I’m looking for suggestions of anything cool, interesting, or curious on or within 30 minutes of, I-84.

We’ll be spending nights in Boise (Thu), Nebraska (Fri – somewhere), and Cedar Rapids (Sat), tentatively. Yes, I expect my friends in & around Cedar Rapids to make enough time to meet us for a meal or conversation. I’ll have my brother (Magellan) with me as well.

I stopped drinking (didn’t quit, just stopped) about 8 months ago, so there shouldn’t be any shenanigans…

I’d just like to spend some time with my most cherished intellectual homeys, while I’m nearby.

I’ll sort out a tentative timeframe with RD privately and share details on the inner circle. If you’re near my route, but don’t have access to the inner circle, hit me on Facebook, soon.

I’d like to meet with as many of you as possible on the way. Also, recommendations for American curiosities (the point of this post) are welcomed and appreciated.

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44 Responses to Suggestions: Roadside Attractions

  1. Bman says:

    Interesting route you’re taking to Michigan….Who planned this trip??

  2. C. L. says:

    I know you like history. One suggestion would be Scott’s Bluff in Nebraska, on the Oregon Trail.

  3. Ray Davies says:

    I’ll call you later

  4. Greg B says:

    Well, damn.

  5. MadBrad says:

    Don’t miss the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. It’s a bit out of the way but I am sure it is well worth the diversion.

  6. Bman says:

    Don’t forget not to pump your own gas in Oregon.

    • notamobster says:

      I’m filling up before we get to Oregon and after we’re gone. I had the distinct displeasure of waiting for 30 minutes due to shortage of personnel only once. That was enough. If I ran out, I’d catch a cab to another state and fill up cans to bring back. I wouldn’t buy gas in Oregon if they forced me to… That’s how much I despise the neo-luddite gas law.

  7. miforest says:

    welcome back. we need the tax money.

  8. BrunDawg says:

    Marseilles, IL – little ‘nothing-to-do town” has a nice memorial and museum dedicated to the Middle East Conflicts. About 5 miles off 80.

  9. Bman says:

    I-84/I-80 is the most boring freeway in the U.S. Here is a tip to cure your boredom:

    Cows and Cemeteries

    If the drive along Interstate 80 is starting to grow dull, you can start playing road trip games with fellow passengers. The I-80 landscape is well-suited for the game “cows and cemeteries.” To play, choose a set distance and have players count the cows they pass on their side of the vehicle. Each cow counts one point. If the driver passes a cemetery, the team on the same side of the car as the grave site loses all their points and must start over. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

  10. Jim22 says:

    Guess I won’t see you before you head east. Drive carefully. You and I visited a few things along the way in our return from Branson but I see you are taking a different route. I don’t have any suggested attractions but you should stop and see as many friends as you can. Guess I would avoid Illinois but that’s just me.

    Get a cheap reloading setup and get your boy involved if you can. He wants it.

    Good luck. God Speed.

  11. Trebor Snoyl says:

    Dyersville Iowa isn’t that far out of your way if your going to go through Cedar Rapids. Dyersville is home to “The Field of Dreams” of movie fame, as well as the Farm Toy museum. Have a good trip.

  12. Ben says:

    The Corn palace is on 90 I think.

    The Omaha zoo is actually very nice and has some world renowned attractions; Indoor rainforest and aquarium if I remember correctly.

    I feel that 90 has more random attractions, but that’s your call.

  13. sortawitte says:

    If you get as far south as North Platte, Nebraska on I-80, they have a yuuuuge UP train yard and engine service shops. There is a roughly 10 story enclosed tower where you can view the whole thing. Very interesting, but some of you know how easily entertained I am. Wish I could come north and meet you in transit, but the fluuu runs wild in our household. Love, prayers, and safe travels.

  14. C. L. says:

    Nota, it occurred to me that there is something you will have to get used to again. This morning, it was a crisp 1 degree above zero, with a high of 26 for the day. Of course, that’s in the UP, where the real men and women live. πŸ˜‰

    Sorta and Jim made me think of that, talking about the UP train yard.

  15. jeff says:

    I-80 halfway between Laramie and Cheyenne couple exits called Vedauwoo. Big head sculpture of Abe Lincoln at visitor center, nearby Ames Brothers pyramid, trees and odd rock outcroppings in Vedauwoo. Good place to stretch your legs.

    off track – 6 miles south of Cheyenne on I-25 WY visitor center. very expensive construction, little museum inside, nice.

  16. Steven Moore says:

    If you’re so inclined, a detour to Maryhill Museum and the Stonehenge War Memorial might be the ticket.
    Jump the river at Biggs Junction, and go west just a bit.

  17. R.D. Walker says:

    Brownell’s store on Grinnell exit on I-80. Lots of gun goodness there.

    Eat at the Colony Inn in Amana. Family style dining unchanged for many, many decades.

    World’s largest truck stop at Walcott on I-80 is kind of impressive.

  18. MadBrad says:

    Please tell Magellan that I say hello. I love that guy. I want you two to enter the world of Pro Wrestling as a tag team; the Michigan Maulers. I will get a tall platinum blonde flat top, some snazzy clothes and become your manager. Beautiful Bradley Bannon will take you far, to places you never imagined.

  19. RJM says:

    2nd Oldest Restaurant in IA, Lighthouse Supper Club, Mt. Vernon Rd SE, Cedar Rapids

  20. Mark says:

    When I PCS’d back to Ft. Bragg from Ft. Richardson, AK I drove the with the family (wife and 4 children). Drove out of Anchorage to Haines, AK. Took the AK Marine Highway to Bellingham, WA We stopped Seattle for 2 days, went to go see Mount Rushmore, the Badlands in South Dakota. We made our way to Wisconsin where we stayed for two weeks (in-laws). Drove to New York to see Niagara Falls, then proceeded to Rhode Island (my family). Then down to Charleston, South Carolina to pick up my other car that was shipped, then back to Bragg. Take advantage of the trip.

  21. Ray Davies says:

    Stop at Cabella’s in Kerney Neb. Right on I-80.
    What do you want to eat when you get to town?

  22. Ray Davies says:

    Everybody Knows it’s Nota’s Birthday. Tell him where to go.

  23. C. L. says:

    This looks like a lovely restaurant, not too far out of your way.

  24. Bman says:

    There’s a pretty good restaurant just off of I-80 in Nebraska somewhere. I think it’s called, “Eat”