Tourist Ideas: Tripping in America by Bill Thomas

An excerpt from Tripping in America by Bill Thomas a collection of offbeat events and places to visit in the United States.

TRIPPING IN AMERICA. By Bill Thomas. Radnor, Pa.: Chilton Books, 1974.

About the book: Many vacationing tourists are tired of going to the same places and doing the same things as everyone else. If sterile, packaged tours leave you unsatisfied, why not see what the U.S. really has to offer by visiting some of these unusual events and colorful places.

From the book:

National Coon Dog Cemetery--Cherokee, Ala.

The Annual Ice Worm Festival--Cordova, Alaska, early February

Floatdown and World Inner Tube Race--Yuma, Ariz.,late June or early July

Wild Turkey Calling Contest--Yellville, Ark., autumn

Mission Bay Sand Castle Contest--San Diego, Calif., July

Arapaho Glacier Hike-Boulder, Colo., 2nd Sunday in August

Nut Museum--Old Lyme, Conn. (admission--one nut, regardless of variety)

Swamp Cabbage Festival--LaBelle, Fla., February

Moonshine Museum--Dawsonville, Ga.

Crystal Ice Cave--American Falls, Ida.

Hobo Convention-Britt, Ia., August or September

House of Telephones--Coffeyville, Kans.

National Dump Week--Kennebunkport, Me., July

Eastern Experimental Aircraft Show--Frederick, Md., autumn.

National Mushroom Hunt--Boyne City, Mich., spring

Tobacco Spitting Championships--Raleigh, Miss., August

National Basque Festival--Elko, Nev., 1st weekend in July

Museum of Immigration--Statue of Liberty, N.Y.C.

National Hollerin' Contest--Spivey's Corner, N.C., June

The Circleville Pumpkin Show--Circleville, O.

The Cowboy Hall of Fame--Old Chisolm Trail, Okla.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest--Paul's Valley, Okla., July

Rooster Crowing Contest--Rogue River, Ore., last Saturday in June

Country Music Hall of Fame--Nashville, Tenn.

Zoo for Near Extinct Animals--Brownsville, Tex.

Dowsers Convention--Danville, Vt., autumn

Great Dismal Swamp--South of Portsmouth, Va.

Mountain Climbing School--Moose, Wyo., mid-June to mid-September.

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