Roadside attractions are hardly recognized at the worldwide level. It takes a special person to seek out the giant balls of twine and enormous fiber glass animals that grace the highways of the United States. To honor these road warriors, Excel Distributors, the purveyor of aftermarket RV mattresses, has created the “7 Wonders of the RV World,” a list of the kookiest, most creative and completely sensational roadside attractions for roadtrippers to visit, according to a news release.
Airstream Ranch in Dover, Fla., is the first of Excel’s “7 Wonders of the RV World.” Two others have a definite RV angle: the Shady Dell RV park in Bisbee, Ariz., and the Trailer Park Taj Mahal in Zeba, Mich.
It’s about time someone has given them Wonder status.
“In 2001, Bernard Weber fronted the campaign for the New 7 Wonders of the World to highlight the significant cultural feats of the contemporary world. We loved his vision and decided to spotlight some quirky wonders that didn’t quite make it into his New 7 Wonders,” explains Scott Oster, general manager of Portland, Ore.-based Excel Distributors. “These are the wonders of the road.”
The “7 Wonders of the RV World” span across North America, with one pit stop in remote Alberta, Canada. Every Wonder is a roadside spectacle, be it the wall of Airstream trailers buried nose-down in Dover, Fla., or the eclectic Official Center of the World in Felicity, Calif. Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta is home to the largest beaver dam in the world, a 2,790-foot structure that is visible from space. “Each of the 7 RV Wonders is spectacular, and deserves to be visited,” says Oster.
“We love highlighting such a vivid part of our country’s cultural heritage. RVs have been popular in the United States since the early-1900s, and roadside attractions have been around for even longer,” says Oster. “It’s about time someone has given them Wonder status.”
To read about all seven, click here.