7 free offbeat attractions you should see

Can you put a price tag on seeing a 17,400-pound ball of string? No, you can't -- it's free, as are these other weird tourist attractions.

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Jul 2, 2014 9:11AM
How is it that idiots can turn an article about traveling destinations into political bull pucky?!  I mean seriously - if you don't like this stuff fine but it's not Obama's fault.  I don't like the guy much either but not everything in this world has a political agenda.  And as for Sarapis Ogun - goodness man - get a life and find some happiness.
Jul 1, 2014 11:09PM

Meteor Crater: Arizona is NOT free. You have to pay to go inside and all you get to do is walk along a very small portion of the rim of the crater. Neat to see once but NOT free

Jul 2, 2014 11:22AM
I can hardly wait to save up enough money for gas and cheap motels to see the 'world's largest ball of twine'.
Damn,  what a great experience that will be. I'm  going to take some photos and even buy a postcard too.

Jul 2, 2014 11:40AM
Anything in nature easily has all these beat.
Meteor Crater is not free. In fact it is over-priced. See it once, maybe.

HOW-EVER Cadillac Ranch is free and kinda fun IF your in the area.
We travel I-40 often and stop frequently, the kids love it and I still get a
kick out of it
Jul 2, 2014 11:38AM
i would like to go to Holland someday.Wooden Shoe?
Jul 10, 2014 11:35AM

Sorry to inform all backside commenters the entrance to Idaho's big dog is not in it's hind quarters.  Who exactly would have the taste to design something that way?!  Certainly not we the creators/builders & innkeepers at Dog Bark Park.  The stairs do climb up the backside & then wrap around the other side of the dog with a door entrance from the 2nd story deck.

And just to set the record straight, the article's author, Jeremy Bender, did not quite have his construction facts correct.  The dog is not made using a chainsaw, although we the artists do indeed create wooden dog art using chainsaws.  The Dog Bark Park Inn was made using traditional construction materials & methods.

He was correct that visiting Dog Bark Park is free while staying overnight in the big beagle does cost & advance reservations are necessary.  Come visit Idaho!

Jul 10, 2014 12:12PM
What about the Corn Palace in  Mitchell, SD.  Really worth the trip
Jul 1, 2014 10:06PM
Jeese, your list of awesome destinations isn't complete without the shoe house in southcentral Pennsylvania ... yawn.
Jul 10, 2014 11:16AM
I'd add one more: The EXACT replica of Stonehenge that's located on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River in south central Washington state. 
Jul 1, 2014 7:49PM
Nothing here attracts my senses so I'll pass this exciting adventure!
Jul 10, 2014 8:14AM
Dog Bark Park Inn in Idaho, is the small dog an outhouse? 
Jul 10, 2014 11:23AM
The Haiku Stairs; an attraction you should see, yet they are illegal to climb. Why didn't the article include something you can actually do without jumping through massive hoops...like the Koko Head Crater trail?
Jul 10, 2014 7:32AM
I don't think a chainsaw was used in making that Beagle Hotel at all!  "fine example of chainsaw wood art" 
Jul 13, 2014 9:48AM
There is nothing better than traveling in a small Motor Hone. No motel cost! Cheap meal cost as you fix what you want, when you want it. No dirty rest room problems, you have your own. No worrying about schedules, you can change at any time without penalty. Cover as much road each day as you want or just sit and enjoy nature in the boonies with all the comforts of home. I have traveled coast to coast in my 21' Explorer with my dog and enjoyed every moment. Yea, diesel went up, but the motels went up even more.   Frank...-
Jul 10, 2014 11:14AM
Meteor Crater is awesome.  Why are some people so negative?  My guess is that these same people are negative about many things.  Get a life!
Jul 10, 2014 8:56AM

The worlds largest ball of twine is in Cawker City, KANSAS.  Even if you Google it, it comes up to this one, not the one in Minnesota.  The one in Kansas is about 400 pounds or so bigger.

Jul 10, 2014 10:18AM
Sorry---The meteor crater is NOT  NOT free.   It costs more for a family admission than it does to go to the Grand Canyon which is REALLY out of line.     For what it is it is very costly to visit.   Get your facts right.
Jul 10, 2014 2:15PM
Meteor Crater is not free and actually quite expensive but where else can you see a genuine meteor crater? We were just there in 2013 and it appears that it is a privately owned enterprise.
Jul 2, 2014 12:11AM
wher there is a Meteor Crater: Washington, D. C.  let me know.  I'll beg a ride to see it.
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