Roadside Attractions

Human Hamster Wheel at The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

Human Hamster Wheel at the City Museum

I don’t know if I’d call the City Museum a “learning” museum…but I did learn one important fact: being a hamster is hard work! Check out the giant human hamster wheel at the St. Louis, Missouri City Museum! You too can join the rat race and walk or jog (or...

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

The City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri

Confession: I am afraid of heights. Actually, I am afraid of falling from heights. I did OK at the top of the Eiffel Tower, for instance. Because I was caged in just so that I was fine. But I am not going anywhere near the glass floored projection on top of the Sears Tower anytime soon...

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri

I had only ever driven past St. Louis’s Gateway Arch twice before: on my way into and out of Missouri last summer on a road trip around the state. At 630 feet tall and 630 feet wide, the Arch is the tallest national monument in the United States, making it an easy icon to spot from...

The Fremont Rocket, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

The Fremont Rocket in Seattle, Washington

Back in 1991 when the center of the universe was discovered, it was decided that Fremont (a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington and, indeed, the center of the universe) needed a monument that would capture their new status in the world. Many ideas were passed around as to what that...

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

The Fremont Troll in Seattle, Washington

We all know the fairy tale story. Once upon a time three goats try to cross a bridge in search of more food. Each goat encounters a giant bridge troll who refuses to let him pass but is tricked into letting them go as each tells him of his bigger, older brother to come. Most know this as...

Fremont Ballroom sign showing dancers outside of a restaurant and bar in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Fremont Ballroom Sign

Fremont Ballroom sign showing dancers outside of a restaurant and bar in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Site: Ballroom
Location: 456 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Cost: May charge cover.
Hours: Open Daily 4pm – 2am, Sundays 12pm – 2am
Date: June 29, 2009