Kitschiest Roadside Attractions in America

Sometimes the journey is the destination, as our kitschy roadside attractions prove.

Skunk-Ape Research Center, Ochopee, FL

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Conspiracy theorists are welcome at the world’s only skunk-ape research center, dedicated to the Everglades’ version of Bigfoot. Reportedly measuring six feet tall, these elusive bipeds reek of rotten eggs. Owner Dave Shealy, who has studied the creatures nearly his entire life, sells DVDs, camouflage hats, and tracking guides. While Shealy says the government prohibits him from leading tours in the surrounding Big Cypress National Preserve, he will point visitors to the general vicinity of the skunk-ape habitat. Don’t miss annual traditions such as Skunktoberfest and the Miss Skunk Ape contest, where women compete to answer questions from Shealy’s guide. This year’s prize was a six-foot-long banana. —Jessica Su

Kitschiest Roadside Attractions in America

Skunk-Ape Research Center, Ochopee, FL

Conspiracy theorists are welcome at the world’s only skunk-ape research center, dedicated to the Everglades’ version of Bigfoot. Reportedly measuring six feet tall, these elusive bipeds reek of rotten eggs. Owner Dave Shealy, who has studied the creatures nearly his entire life, sells DVDs, camouflage hats, and tracking guides. While Shealy says the government prohibits him from leading tours in the surrounding Big Cypress National Preserve, he will point visitors to the general vicinity of the skunk-ape habitat. Don’t miss annual traditions such as Skunktoberfest and the Miss Skunk Ape contest, where women compete to answer questions from Shealy’s guide. This year’s prize was a six-foot-long banana. —Jessica Su

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