Look below to learn more about some selected destinations on the ​Wayfarers Highway!            
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ALABASTER​​


Alabaster is an all-American town, formed in colonial New England during the 1700s. Alabaster was also a revolution town, home to a community of patriots that took part in every major American conflict from the Revolution to World War II. Now, since War’s end, the town has been in decline. Its wartime factory has been closed for decades. Only in recent years has there been a revival, spearheaded by the rise of regional company Cyprus Corporation.

THE LOWDOWN: Alabaster is not a frequent tourist spot and offers sight-seers an escape from the crowded cities and suburbs to the south. Also, the town’s namesake, the Alabaster River, is home to a good deal of water travel in the summer. Lakeside hiking is common seasonally, as well. Be aware that these attractions are only open to the public from April to October. In the winter, the Alabaster River completely freezes over. In fact, the Alabaster River was discovered while frozen, hence its famous shining white namesake. Only hours north of New Rotterdam, this reviving haven of Americana is worth your visit! For extra fun, be aware that the rest of the towns in Alabaster County, most notably Riverglen and Fall’s End, though less well-known, are nearly as scenic.

NOTE: For years now, a War-era factory has stood on the outskirts of Alabaster’s largely vacant farming district. Many travelers have flocked to the area and used the abandoned site of wartime industry as a photo op. However, this location has recently been purchased by Cyprus Corp. It is doubtful that Cyprus Corp. will look kindly towards trespassers, even travelers looking to snap a memorable photo.
Arctic Transport Pickup Station
 

The Arctic Transport Business is not well known in the contiguous United States. Most of the states just aren’t arctic, no matter how cold some places can get in the dead of winter – we’re looking at you Buffalo! However, arctic trams are a major growing industry in many of the northern countries of the world and there is one lone pickup location, in the middle of Minnesota’s North Woods.

THE LOWDOWN: We don’t know much about this place. Only one of our field writers ever traveled in an arctic tram. Their other operations are outside the U.S. Still, seeing the Aurora Borealis sounds great and this sort of company is supposedly a big deal in Europe.

NOTE: If you’re planning on taking the trams into the arctic, make sure all of your documentation is in order. In addition to your passport, other paperwork may be required before boarding.* International transportation, like the trams, has had a long history of contact with fugitives and criminals. The Arctic Transport Authority has no desire to get caught in whatever local trouble you’ve gotten entangled in. Make sure you’re up to date on your documentation!

*Paperwork required for boarding an Arctic Transport varies from region to region and country to country. In order to avoid any international incidents, the Arctic Transport Authority is leaving it up to its guests to come prepared. You don’t want to be kicked out of a tram at the North Pole! However, our field writer who checked out these trams a few years ago said no paperwork was requested of her. It is unknown whether the Authority has become more restrictive or just wants to seem like it has.
CRANE CON


Crane Con didn’t originally have anything to do with cranes. It was a cover name to let a Rock ‘n’ Roll festival go on in an out-of-the-way midwestern field without locals or other authorities paying too much attention. That all happened in 1972, back when changing something’s name was enough to trick people. Since then, the festival has gone on nearly annually, bringing in international musical acts, as well as a genuine interest in the local endangered whooping crane (North America’s largest bird).
 
THE LOWDOWN: This yearly event was supposed to be strictly a music festival, just that, one that wouldn’t get the same bad media attention and police situations that many others were getting in the '70s. Over time though, the organizers, acts, and visitors have all embraced the crane icon and a good bit of the proceeds every year actually go towards the nearby Whooping Crane preservation center.

The crane theme is why we showcase this festival year after year. You’ve seen concerts. So have we. But we doubt you’ve ever seen a concert where bands perform, wearing crane suits.
 
NOTE: Due to the recent threats from the terrorist leader, Blitzkrieg, Crane Con may be cancelled this year. Crane Con founder and organizer, Josiah “Whoop” Grenning, made a statement regarding the recent national security risks, “We don’t want to cancel this, but with the Blitzkrieg situation going on, it’s probably a dumb idea to have a gathering that brings in thousands of people. Also, we can’t afford to spend three quarters of a million dollars bringing in acts if we won’t have anybody paying to hear them.” 
THE DOOMSDAY DRIVE-IN


The Doomsday Drive-In is one of the most unique tourist hot-spots scattered across the U.S. Heartland. It sells almost exclusively gag merchandise based on apocalypse preparation. After the Cuban Missile Crisis and the constant fears of an atomic Soviet Union, The Doomsday Drive-In opened to relieve some of the tension, using its own unique brand of kitschy humor. Since the end of the Cold War, the Drive-In has diversified and now offers a much wider variety of disaster preparedness equipment, including Zombie Survival Brand Survivo-Bats (Baseball Bats), portable panic rooms, and tinfoil hats in all shapes and sizes.
 
THE LOWDOWN: This can be a pretty fun place to visit, but the humor is dark. This isn’t necessarily the kind of place you should bring impressionable children. Even the nearby underground Fallout Shelter Motel is loaded with pictures of irradiated and mutated cartoon animals. Also, if you’re genuinely a disaster preparedness enthusiast, you might find this place pretty offensive. They will and have made fun of absolutely everything. Even the current Blitzkrieg crisis has inspired a line of merchandise here.
 
NOTE: The Doomsday Drive-In has CLOSED indefinitely. All of its above ground structures burned to the ground in a freak accident last month. Details are scarce right now, but foul play has yet to be ruled out. We attempted to contact someone from their management staff, but the only reply we received was an automated message: “Beware the Blitzkrieg.”
EVERGREEN CITY


Evergreen City is unusual, situated within the northernmost reaches of the western forests. The city was built alongside the trees themselves, one of the tallest forests in the world. The trees were always a major tourist attraction and even now, long since the city’s buildings grew tall like its trees, only the tallest manmade towers in town rise above the forest canopy.
 
THE LOWDOWN: The one downside to the beautiful scenery is the inconsistency of roadways. Since many of the trees throughout town are far older than the city itself, this made city planning largely impossible, resulting in one of the most haphazard and confusing road systems on the Wayfarers Highway.
 
NOTE: Recent government edicts have sought to legally protect the forest of Evergreen City. It is now by far the most heavily populated American National Park.
THE HILLSIDE MOTEL AND DINER


The Hillside Diner is probably one of the best-known diners in the entirety of the southeast United States, though its workers and owners likely have no idea. It’s been owned by the same family since its founding in 1946, passed father – to daughter – to son. Situated on a lonely stretch of uninterrupted roadway between two relatively small towns, the diner is actually in a prime location: near the southernmost slopes of the Appalachian Mountains and the gateway to the western plains.

 
THE LOWDOWN: The locals are notably friendly, but make up only a small portion of the diner’s clientele. Most customers are nomads: truckers, tourists, and wayfarers, only visiting briefly on the way to and from bigger places. If you and your party are looking for interesting news and maybe even a ghost or road story, stay overnight in the Hillside Motel. The hit TV show Greasy Spoons: the International Tour gave the Hillside Diner an unheard of ‘five spoons up’ rating!
 
NOTE: Though we’ve never heard of any real trouble going down at Hillside – head chef and owner Herb is a no-nonsense fellow – there have been reports of some unsavory and unusual characters in the area. As always, be aware that your fellow travelers are frequently more than they appear.
THE JOURNEY'S END LIGHTHOUSE


This lighthouse is abandoned. However, it gets a lot of tourist traffic every year simply because it is placed at the furthest point west in the United States (not counting Alaska, Hawaii, and other island territories). This lighthouse also gained fame for supposedly being the final stop on our very own favorite mythic route, the Wayfarers Highway! Many of our attentive readers have pointed out that the Wayfarers Highway has no end, according to the original roadside myth! We know that folks, but we don’t make up these stories, we just tell them to you.

Many local legends have spread about the area after a large explosion occurred there in 1983.  Rumors tell outlandish stories to travelers: you’ll hear tales of everything from a disturbed burial ground to a government experiment in teleportation gone awry to a battle between wizards.
 
THE LOWDOWN: The lighthouse is boarded up and abandoned. As always, we advise against trespassing. However, the nearby town of End Point capitalizes on the local lore and can be a fun place to visit. Stop by the Wayfarers Diner to swap stories with locals or enjoy a sampling of some favorite snacks, imported from throughout the United States – favorites from earlier stops on the Wayfarers Highway.
 
NOTE: Some legitimately creepy stuff has happened here. After that explosion in the '80s, several body-parts were found, scattered around the area. None of them were ever identified. Not that many people live out there and crime is pretty rare, but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t warn you. Also, the locals say that the abandoned lighthouse still lights up, late at night, unmanned, shining far out into the sea.
​​​LITTLEFIELD
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​​Most travelers on American highways have heard of “the Mother Road”, “America’s Main Street”, the legendary Route 66. This mythic route from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean lived for the majority of the 20th century, before being replaced by the interstate highway system: a more direct road for a less patient era. The fall of Route 66 left a fair number of ghost towns and sparsely populated territory in its wake, including Littlefield.
           
THE LOWDOWN: Littlefield was once the bread basket for a one hundred mile stretch of Route 66, but has spent the past forty odd years in a state of disrepair. Though the town boasts some of the only remaining authentic pre-Second World War American highway signs, gas stations, and other equipment, Littlefield has done little to advertise this. Actually, the townspeople have grown less and less welcoming to outsiders. TRAVELERS BEWARE.
 
NOTE: Recent traveler’s tales have reported that the nearby Outlaw’s Hideaway River has become polluted. These reports are vague and confusing. Littlefield is nowhere near any major industrial center, but sources confirm that illness has repeatedly been connected to the river. Travelers should be cautious in the Littlefield area.
NEW ROTTERDAM

“The Late Blooming City” has only been a true city for the past twenty years. Before that, it was just one of the many towns and villages along the northern beach of the Long Island Sound, suburbs of New York City. However, during the last decades, growing safety concerns and the overcrowding of businesses within Manhattan have lead to more and more corporations leaving the city proper and setting up shop to the north. Consequently, the once reserved village, distanced from the bustle of the metropolis to the south, is slowly transforming into yet another city.
 
THE LOWDOWN: A once thriving vacation community, now only a handful of the original beachfront hotels and restaurants remain. This is changing fast. With the industrial growth throughout the area, it is expected that the few remaining beachfront properties will be gone by midcentury. See these sights and enjoy the tranquil beauty of this vanishing retreat, while you can!
 
NOTE: Business leader, founder, and CEO of the Nation’s Trust Corporation, Tobias Nation, has organized a revival of the World’s Fair series. This event, which will be showing off some of the many technologies and wonders of tomorrow, is being held throughout the duration of the year and will feature expos showing off all of Nation’s Trust’s subsidiary companies, as well as public appearances from Mr. Nation, himself.
ORION'S BELTWAY

Located just 20 miles south of Lion’s Ford, Arkansas, Orion’s Beltway is a tourist attraction built alongside the bank of Lake Lion’s Mane. Local lore holds that the Lion’s Mane is the result of an asteroid impact crater from the “Lion’s Head” meteorite that crashed millions of years ago into what is now the southern United States.


THE LOWDOWN: Orion’s Beltway is a Roadside Attraction, and one of the very best! It has everything you could possibly want:
  • A totally distinct theme: Space! Asteroids! Aliens! Orion’s Beltway milks this idea for all it’s worth. Everything from the Beltway’s mascot, inner tube-wearing alien O’Ryan, to the various shops and attractions scattered across the lakefront property - all of them are asteroid or outer space themed.
  • Orion’s Beltway hosts the largest flea market for two hundred miles. Even locals come out to trade their wares with travelers from across the midland states and even further away. This alone is worth a visit.
  • Orion’s Beltway has also been consistently adding to their collection of space age and space race era collectibles, from astronaut themed muffler man statues (look it up), to replica moon rocks, this collection might be unmatched in its scope and is definitely unequaled in its number of unique tchotchkes.
THE PAN-AMERICAN FREEWAY

The Pan-American Freeway is the longest roadway in the world. It stretches from Alaska and the Yukon peninsula all the way to the southernmost tip of South America (except for a sixty mile gap between Central and South America). Though the freeway itself covers over 19,000 (nineteen-thousand) miles and is not one singular attraction or location, this highway is a haven for international travelers, runaways, hitchhikers, tourists, and wanderers of every kind. For the past century, this route has unofficially served as the central road of the Americas. Even now, in these relatively troubled international times, news and goods travel many thousands of miles along this fabled route. Unsurprisingly, several International Highway System of the Americas (IHSA) officials have claimed that this highway is in fact the original fabled WAYFARERS HIGHWAY! The jury is still out, as far as we’re concerned.

 
NOTE: One can never be too careful on the great roads of the world! Even on the many long miles of the United States’ portion of The Pan-American Freeway, the many towns and dives along this route have often been a haven for criminals, outlaws, and other secretive peoples. Travel with care.
THE SEA OF SOLAR PANELS
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​​Located 75 miles west of Thurston, Nevada, this solar power facility was built by a collective of government contractors. These companies, including energy corporations, weapons foundries, and communications firms, had come together in order to create a solar field large enough to power all government facilities in the entire country, using energy absorbing panels that could take in other forms of power just as easily as sunlight.

Project Sea of Solar Panels was a complete failure. Details are scarce as to what happened to bring about the site’s abandonment. The Sea was built far from most of civilized America, in the heart of the Nevada desert. Employment history, corporate involvement, and government funding histories have never been officially revealed, leaving this one attempt at a brighter American future a mysterious wreck, alone and broken down in the desert.
 
NOTE: The Sea of Solar Panels is NOT a tourist attraction. It is NOT open to the public. And though it was officially abandoned long ago, it is advised that tourists steer clear of this area. The road towards The Sea is still maintained by someone and a number of hermits who live in that region may or may not pose a danger to thrill seekers.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST FROSTY

Unlike many of the tourist havens that dot the middle of the American plains region, the World’s Largest Frosty is relatively new. Only fifteen years old, this World’s Largest snowman appeared fully formed onsite. Local conspiracy theorists have begun to claim that the mysterious and supposedly absent owner of the establishment is also responsible for the sudden construction and distant operation of several other roadside attractions throughout the mid-west and southwest United States. Such claims have yet to be addressed publicly by any person(s) associated with the World’s Largest Frosty.
 
THE LOWDOWN: This is a really fun attraction for the kids. The giant snowman exists year round in a constantly temperature-controlled “igloo”. The igloo is actually a one hundred and fifty foot prefabricated structure. Be aware that with the exception of a gift shop, there isn’t much else to see here.
 
RECENTLY ADDED: There is now a photo op station where it is possible to take pictures with the snowman (there is a special area where tourists can get their photo taken and have the entirety of the Mr. Frost snowman in the picture). Also, visit the small hut next door and purchase one of the World’s Largest Frost Iced Drinks. We’re thinking the ownership of this attraction is trying really hard to avoid violating any snowman or frost-based copyrights. Also, be aware that there is no onsite overnight lodging. However, inside sources have been hinting that a replica of the legendary Ice Hotel is in the planning stages.
 
NOTE: Touching the Mr. Frost snowman is prohibited. Be aware that he is guarded at all times. Also, frozen ice drink flavors vary from season to season. Show up during the week of Independence Day and grab yourself a super-rare boysenberry iced smoothie!