Kind of late in the game to be posting this, but hopefully someone else will find these enjoyable.
I've visited www.roadsideamerica.com
, where they catalog all manner of interesting, bizarre, and pathetic roadside attractions. I pulled up POI's for NY, NH, and VT, and boiled it down to a generous list of places I just might be able to visit.
So here's the list, and here is a link
to a Garmin *.GDB file of the waypoints (a zip file, actually). Each waypoint name starts out with RA##, where ## is the number of the attraction on the list here. Many of these will be out of reach for some folks or others, but a few of them are on or near listed day rides for the Unrally, including the motorcyclist shrine in Colebrook!
So print out this list, load the waypoints into your GPS, and go take some pics of you and your bike in front of these places! If you're not sure whether something looks interesting or not, you can check out the entry at Roadside America and see if the pictures (if any are available) make it look more (or less) appealing.
See you in a few days!
1. Nipper the RCA Dog:
Address: 7 Tivoli St., Albany, NY
Directions: Arnoff Moving and Storage Co. North side of the city, near the river, in the warehouse district. I-787 exits 4A or 4B west to Broadway, then right (north) about ten blocks. Turn left onto Tivoli St.
2. Car on a Smokestack:
Address: 5 Ann St, Amsterdam, NY
Directions: Dudka's Garage. North side of Rte 5 less than a mile west of town, opposite the Guy Park Manor historic site.
Hours: Daylight hours. (Call to verify)
3. Steve Heller's Auto Art Studio:
Address: Route 28, Boiceville, NY
Directions: Heller's Fabulous Furniture. Take Rt. 28 from Kingston, NY (exit 19 on the Thruway), west almost to Boiceville, where Onteora High School is located. His store is about a mile east of Boiceville. In the Catskills, not far from Woodstock, NY.
Hours: W-Su 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
4. Large Victorian Head:
Address: 459 Forest Ave., Buffalo, NY
Directions: On the corner of Forest and Richmond, across the street from the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
5. Stone Quarry Art Park:
Address: 3883 Stone Quarry Road, Cazenovia, NY
Directions: From the west: As you reach the eastern outskirts of town on Route 20 East, you will pass a McDonald's on your left and the Cazenovia Motel on your right, which is your cue to begin looking for a blue tourism/highway sign on your right announcing "Stone Quarry Art Park." You'll turn right onto Stone Quarry Road, pass the tiny Old Quarry Pond on the right, and the Art Park will be your first right-hand drive, .7 mile total. Look for the Park's small brown-and-gold sign at the entrance.
6. The Tepee:
Address: 7632 US Hwy 20, Cherry Valley, NY
Directions: US Route 20, west of Sharon
7. Cardiff Giant:
Address: 100 Lake St., Cooperstown, NY
Directions: At the Farmer's Museum, a mile north of town on Hwy 80 (Lake Rd.)
Hours: Daily 10-5 summer, T-Sa 10-4 off-season; closed Nov-Dec. (Call to verify)
8. 9/11 Memorial:
Address: Dewitt, NY
Directions: US 290 East, right onto Butternut road, site is on left in front of Dewitt municipal center.
9. Metal T-Rex:
Address: Duanesburg Road, Duanesburg, NY
Directions: Route 7, a mile east of Route 20.
10. Pete Toth Carved Indian head:
Address: Dunkirk, NY
Directions: Lakeshore Drive West (Route 5).
11. Griffis Sculpture Park:
Address: 6902 Mill Valley Rd, East Otto, NY
Directions: I-86 exit 21 or I-90 exit 55, and then north or south on US 219 to Ashford Hollow. Turn west onto Aherns Rd, drive around 2.5 miles, turn left onto Rt 75/Mill Valley Rd and drive 1.5 miles. Entrance on left.
Hours: May 1 - Oct 31, dawn to dusk. (Call to verify)
12. Elephant Rock in Adirondacks:
Address: Route 8, Hague, NY
Directions: About 3.5 miles west of Hague, NY on Route 8.
13. Furniture of the Hoosick Giants:
Address: 5045 State Route 7, Hoosick, NY
Directions: Outside Countryside Woodcraft‎ on the north side of Hwy 7, just east of town.
14. Le Roy, New York - Human-Size Statue of Liberty
In the center of town there is an almost human size, i.e. 6' tall, version of the Statue of Liberty. We visited the Jell-O Museum near by and the museum workers told us of this. It's pretty cool and the park it is in is quite pretty. The Boy Scouts dedicated this statue back in 1955.
15. Tree Through House:
Address: 800 Route 30, Mayfield, NY
Directions: Southwest of Northville on Hwy 30, just south of the intersection of County Road 123.
16. World's Smallest Church:
Address: Sconondoa Rd., Oneida, NY
Directions: I-90 exit 33. West on Rte 365. Turn right on Sconondoa Rd., at the "Town of Vernon" sign. The church is in the middle of a pond to the right of a fork in the road.
17. World's Largest Pancake Griddle:
Address: 163 Main Street, Penn Yan, NY
Directions: The Birkett Mills.
18. Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park (incl. wooden giant):
Address: 535 Stone Bridge Road, Pottersville, NY
Directions: NW of Pottersville, Adirondack Northway I-87, Exit 26, head west on Stone Bridge Road.
Admission: Admission good for entire season.
Hours: Labor Day-Columbus Day 10am-6pm, Late May-Labor Day 9am-7pm. (Call to verify)
19. "Dolly Dimples" Waitress Statue:
Address: Main Rd., Silver Creek, NY
Directions: Valvo's Candies. Phone: 716-934-2535
20. Painted Pig Rock:
Address: Indian Lake Rd, Speculator, NY
Directions: On Indian Lake Rd/Rt 30 around six miles north of Hwy 8, or 18 miles south of Hwy 28. Just north of Deerfeet Lodge Rd.
21. Waiting for the "A" train:
Address: Syracuse, NY
Directions: Along route 690 West near downtown syracuse right before Townsend St. off ramp on the right.
22. Green on Top Traffic Light:
Address: Tompkins St., Syracuse, NY
Directions: The West end of Syracuse, NY. Corner of Tompkins Street and Milton Avenue.
23. Handmade Russian Orthodox Church:
Address: 5131 Lee Rd, Turin, NY
Directions: Off of Route 12 on the corner of Lee Rd and Milk House Rd.
24. Wolcott, New York - Venus Rising Sculpture
This statue of "Venus Arising From the Sea," along with her two cupids is in the middle of what used to be Wolcott's only stoplight. I believe it is close to 100 years old [there since 1913].
25. The Whispering Statue:
Address: Main Street, Barre, VT
Directions: Downtown, in the small city park, at the corner of Hwy 14/Main St. and US 302/Washington St.
26. Sea Serpent in the Water:
Address: Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT
Directions: Visible from the bridge over the West River, a mile north of downtown Brattleboro on US 5/Putney Rd.
27. Phineas Gage - Man With a Metal Rod in His Head:
Address: VT 131, Cavendish, VT
Directions: I-91 exit 8. West on Hwy 131 13 miles to Cavendish. The memorial plaques are bolted to a big rock in an empty lot at the corner of Hwy 131 and S. Pleasant St. Cavendish only has a couple of streets, so it's hard to miss.
28. Winged Monkeys:
Address: Burlington, VT
Directions: Main Street Landing, One Main Street.
29. Burlington, Vermont - Bizarre Memorial Park
The Antonio and Rita Pomerleau Foundation's Neighborhood Park in Burlington is one of the weirdest parks I have ever seen. A dozen towers covered with crouching double-faced lion people on the edge of a shopping plaza. [Philip Deslippe, 06/12/2004]
Bizarre Memorial Park:
Address: Burlington, VT
Directions: On Route 7, a few blocks south of Flynn Avenue.
30. World's Tallest File Cabinet:
Address: Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT
Directions: Southwest edge of town. Drive US 7/Shelburne Rd/Ethan Allen Hwy five blocks north of the turnoff for I-189. Turn left (west) onto Flynn Ave. After five blocks the file cabinet is in a field on the right, between Pine Street and Foster Street.
31. Whale Tails:
Address: South Burlington, VT
Directions: North side of I-89, roughly midway between exit 12 (Hwy 2A/St Georges Rd) and exit 13 (I-189).
32. Hammer Weather Vane:
Address: 525 Wightman Rd., Danville, VT
Directions: The barn is on Wightman Road, just East of the intersection of US Route 2 and VT Route 15. It is clearly visible from Route 2.
33. Giant Jacks and a Ball:
Address: Kirby, VT
Directions: From Interstate 91 exit 23, Route 5 North to Red Village Road. Turn Right on Red Village Road to Ridge Road. Turn left on Ridge Road and the Jacks will be in a field on your left.
34. Propane Tank Sculptures:
Address: Memorial Dr, Lyndonville, VT
Directions: On Route 5 about 1/2 mile north of I-91 exit 23. On the left in front of Bob's Welding.
35. The Puking Pig:
Address: Lyndonville, VT
Hours: Always visible.
36. Clothespin Grave Marker:
Address: Center Road, Middlesex, VT
Directions: Just off I-89. Five miles north of Montpelier take Middlesex exit, turn right, to top of hill. Cemetery on right. Walk to back right corner.
37. Golfing Moose:
Address: St. Johnsbury, VT
Directions: Outside of St. Johnsbury, VT, NW on Route 2.
38. Motorcyclist Shrine:
Address: 1992 US 3, Colebrook, NH
Directions: Shrine of Our Lady of Grace. On US 3 one mile south of town.
39. Trojan Horse:
Address: 1782 Dover Road (rte 4), Epsom - Gossville, NH
Directions: Property formerly known as Gossville Hotel, now New Age Plaza. South side of US 4 about a half-mile east of the junction of Hwy 28.