MAITLAND, Fla., June 10 2014 – While Memorial Day marked the official start of the peak summer season, summer is already in full swing for many travelers. In a recent poll of budget travelers conducted by HotelCoupons.com, a leading provider of U.S. travel deals, summer road trips took the lead as the vacation of choice.
“HotelCoupons.com gives travelers quick and easy access to many of the best available hotel rates online and on-the-go, making it the perfect road trip companion,” said Mark Novak, vice president and general manager of Travel Media Group, parent company of HotelCoupons.com.
According to the 2014 Portrait of the American Traveler®, 70 percent of U.S. travelers prefer vacationing by car, with 30 percent planning their trips around taking in the sights as they go. Road trippers know the long hours between destinations can get tiring, so spice up your journey and make memories by stopping at iconic, quirky roadside attractions like the “Toilet Paper Hero of Hoover Dam” along the way!
HotelCoupons.com asked budget-minded travelers on its extensive database about the most unusual roadside attractions they’ve visited, and what they thought deserves quirky icon status. From that came a Top 10 list to help plan your next summer road trip.
Top Unusual & Quirky Roadside Attractions
• Toilet Paper Hero of Hoover Dam (Boulder City, Nev.)
• Aircraft Boneyard (Tucson, Ariz.)
• The Beer Can House (Houston, Texas)
• World’s Largest Pez Dispenser (Burlingame, Calif.)
• Voodoo Merman (New Orleans, La.)
• World’s Largest Twine Ball (Darwin, Minn.)
• Vacuum Cleaner Museum (St. James, Mo.)
• Largest Rocking Chair (Fanning, Mo.)
• Field of Giant Corn Ears (Dublin, Ohio)
• The Haines Shoe House (Hellam, Pa.)
Items That Deserve To Be Attractions
• First outhouse
• Statue of the inventor of Post-its
• Biggest junkyard
• World’s largest chocolate bar
• A huge “Grumpy Cat” monument
And what’s a road trip without buying unusual souvenirs to remember your adventure? HotelCoupons.com asked their budget-savvy road trippers to list some of the most unusual souvenirs they bought on a road trip. The answers were as quirky as the roadside attractions themselves.
• Shrunken head
• Worm tequila lollipop
• Gator hide
• Moose head slingshot
• Meteorite with magic powers
For 30 years, HotelCoupons.com has partnered with more than 8,000 independent and well-known hotels in 1,476 markets across the U.S. and Canada. Same-day rates can range from 20 to 50 percent off current hotel prices and are easily accessible from a mobile device or desktop. Special rates at popular brands like Wyndham, Comfort Inn and Days Inn can range from $80 in Los Angeles, $50 in Orlando, to $150 in New York City. HotelCoupons.com is a division of Dominion Enterprises.
Data from the Portrait of the American Traveler® was obtained through an online survey of 2,550 active leisure travelers conducted in February 2014 by MMGY Global.
HotelCoupons.com polled a subset group of its database, consisting of more than 140,000 budget-minded travelers, in March 2014.
About Travel Media Group
Travel Media Group, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is a leading provider of marketing services for the travel and hospitality industry, enabling travelers to get the best possible hotel room prices. The company’s offerings include HotelCoupons.com and Drive the Nation, helping travelers save time and money. Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, parenting, and travel industries. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, with 3,300 employees in the United States, Canada, England, Spain and Italy, the company provides a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions, and more than 45 market leading websites. For more information, visit DominionEnterprises.com.