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post Jul 6 2008, 10:51 PM
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If you like your attractions a little left of centre then consider the below options that i read about in The Daily Telegraph's pull out travel section "Escape".

In Cottonwood, Idaho The Dog Bark Park Inn Dog Bark Park Inn offers rooms for the night for 4 people comfortably located in the belly of a 4 metre tall beagle nicknamed "Sweet Willy."

Perhaps more mainstream yet still quite "different" is the 80 year old Delta King Riverboat Delta King now permanently moored on the river at old town Sacramento, California.

In San Luis Obispo - The Madonna Inn Madonna Inn displays its multiple personalities with not a handful but 109 rooms each one meticulously decorated to suit a theme. Here you can play at being a caveman or Napoleon, take on the persona of a hillbilly or a conquistador or simply go ape in the jungle room.

Hawaii's Volcano Hotel Volcano Hotel should provide the necessary adrenalin rush. What if Mt Kilauea one of the World's most active volcanoes, grumbling away nearby blows its top tonight?

Train buffs should check out the beautifully recreated Aurora Express in Alaska Aurora Express where they sleep in restored railway carriages called Immaculate Conception, Can Can or Gold Mine, then wake up to the same stunning view.

An unusal option The Pigeon Point Lighthouse keepers quarters Pigeon Point Lighthouse on the central coast of California

In West Virginia there's the annual Road Kill Cook Off Road Kill Cook Off

Does a Garlic Festival tickle your fancy Love Garlic and Gilroy Garlic Festival at such events you can find such scrumptious dishes as garlic ice cream? garlic jelly?

More weird is Minnesota's Spam Museum Spam Museum which is filled with Spam - obilia erm....ok

Try Opaque Dark Dining Diners at the 3 west coast (L.A, San Francisco and San Diego) dont get to see their food at all because they are served in total darkness (this one actually sounds interesting to me).

A mammoth Tug-o-War appeal to you TugFest each August across the largest river in the USA the Mississippi, ten 20 member teams compete in hefting a 730 metre, 308kg rope which is stretched between Illinois and Iowa.

Fancy getting lost in a cornfield instead Severscornmaze CornField Maze Corn Mazes America

Beaver Oklahoma is designated Cow Chip throwing Capital of the world - the title quite frankly says enough Cow Chip

fancy a rodeo on skis with about a hundred ProRodeo cowboys from the US, Canada and Australia swapping chaps and spurs for skis and snowboards Cowboy Downhill

Kinetic Grand Championships Kinetic Universe here inventors get the chance to test their whimsically designed and manually powered sculpture contraptions on the art world's only triathlon - a three day- 64 km race. Cheating is apparently encouraged.

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