The Kayak Ranch
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas has garnered many imitators since its inception in 1974. Southwestern Community College in Bryson City, NC installed the Kayak Ranch out in front of the campus along Highway 74. A collaboration between the outdoor leadership program and the fine arts department leaders at SCC. Bryson City is the home to the famous Nantahala River and the many outfitters ready to help you get down the runnable white water portions in the area. This is the best place to dip into whitewater kayaking and a fitting tribute to the booming industry of the area.
This roadside attraction is worth a detour. For obvious reasons, this has to be one of my favorite stops. I find most unusual roadside attractions on the Roadside America website. I have the app but it is not the greatest. I tend to map out my options before I set off on a trip. Atlas Obscura is another good place to poke around for interesting attractions. Most of these places are not worth being a destination on their own. I try to stack up a few things to break up any road trips. I mean if you are going to have to stop and stretch your legs, might as well make it fun, right?
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