Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Tin Can Tourists (6/30/09)

Recreational vehicles have come a long way since Americans started using them to tour the country in the 1920s. "Tin Can Tourists" were (and are still) blessed with curiosity and a sense of adventure, but didn't necessarily want to give up the amenities of home -- and thus was born the RV.

After World War II, such companies as
Airstream and Winnebago sprang up, dedicated to giving motor tourists comfort in a surprisingly compact form. Even Hollywood got into the act, as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz attempted to drive across the U.S. in their movie, "The Long, Long Trailer" (a feat emulated 32 years later by Albert Brooks and Julie Hagerty in "Lost in America").

And just what do these road warriors want to see? Well, they might start in
Collinsville, IL, just to get a peek at the World's Largest Catsup Bottle, then it's east to Flanders, NY, where the "Big Duck" holds court. After that, it's northwest to Ironwood, MI, home of Hiawatha, "The World's Tallest and Largest Indian." Finally, it's all the way west to Livermore, CA, and the World's Oldest Working Lightbulb (burning continuously since 1901!) -- or any number of other unique destinations.

price of gas may be high, but so is their enthusiasm.

Suggested Sites...
  • RV Advice - recreational vehicle events, tips and tricks, FAQs, and more.
  • Roadside America - you're out on the road; here's what to see.
  • Roadside Architecture - keep your eyes peeled for one-of-a-kind buildings, restaurants, and giant... things.
  • Gas Buddy - get your motor runnin' and head out on the highway -- but first know where to find the cheapest gas.
  • Vintage Vacations - restoring and selling period trailers and campers.

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