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Finding Offbeat U.S. Tourist Attractions? There’s an App for That



Roadside America Gallery Screen

Roadside America Gallery Screen

RoadsideAmerica.com, the online guide to off­beat tourist attrac­tions, announced the recent launch of its Roadside America mobile soft­ware app for iPhone and iPod touch. Roadside America show­cases thou­sands of eccen­tric, enter­tain­ing, and unique road­side tourist spots found around the country.

The app makes it easy for trav­el­ers to instantly see what’s nearby,” said Doug Kirby, pub­lisher of RoadsideAmerica.com. “It’s up to them whether to veer off to see a mus­tard museum or a colos­sal hot dog.” The app fea­tures road trip favorites such as giant twine balls, tiny churches, odd stat­ues, quirky muse­ums, implau­si­ble archi­tec­ture, clas­sic Rte. 66-type attrac­tions, folk art envi­ron­ments, mys­tery spots, grav­ity hills, caves, and much more.

It’s the trip tool we’ve always wanted for our own use,” said Kirby, who has vis­ited thou­sands of attrac­tions as part of the RoadsideAmerica.com team. “After years of nav­i­gat­ing with map in lap, this finally con­nects our col­lec­tion of places in a prac­ti­cal way, using the lat­est mobile and geo-location smarts.”

With the Roadside America app, users can access attrac­tion sto­ries, vis­i­tor tips, maps, dri­ving direc­tions, hours, phone num­bers, and pho­tos.  The app can retrieve real-time updates and attrac­tion sta­tus reports from RoadsideAmerica.com.

We designed the app to be fun — and a lit­tle off­beat, nat­u­rally,” Kirby said. Among its exclu­sive on-the-road trip tools: it can warn when sun­set approaches, or sched­ule a phone alert to get a side­tracked tourist back on the road. And there are many app-only pho­tos and promis­ing places “under inves­ti­ga­tion” and not yet on the website.

Users can browse attrac­tions by over 70 Roadside-centric themes, such as “Big,” “Atomic,” “Music,” “Tech,” and “Zombie Army.” They can share dis­cov­er­ies via social net­work­ing sites such as Facebook and Twitter, or snap pho­tos for sub­mis­sion directly to RoadsideAmerica.com.

For life­long road trip enthu­si­asts, the app’s “Been There!” fea­ture is a way to keep track of road­side attrac­tions they have visited.

Roadside America is avail­able on the Apple (U.S.) App Store for $2.99 for per­ma­nent access to any one of six U.S. regions; an addi­tional $5.99 unlocks the entire U.S. for one year.

Get the Roadside America App from iTunes Roadside America


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