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[VIDEO] 5 Awesome Roadside Attractions

From iconic to sporty to just plain quirky, our Senior Editor, Courtney Scott shares her picks for this summer’s must-see roadside attractions.

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Beer Drinking Pigs at Mount Pellier Domino Club in St. Croix, USVI
Drive on Rt. 76 deep into the rainforest on the West side of the island of St. Croix and you’ll stumble upon the Mt. Pellier roadside hut, famous for its beer drinking pigs.  You can feed the pigs non-alcoholic beer from 10am-5pm daily.  While you’re there, have some cold drinks or get a taste of Norma’s yummy home cooking. Stay nearby at the Renaissance Carambola Resort, tucked between lush green tropical landscape and the Caribbean Sea.  The rooms are airy and open with lovely vaulted ceilings and the average July rate is only $145/night.

The Naked Cowboy in Times Square, NYC
The Naked Cowboy, real name Robert, can be found nearly every day in Times Square in nothing more than his undies, a cowboy hat and a guitar.  He sings, he takes photos, and will even marry you and your sweetie for $499!  Stay at the Ink 48, a Kimpton Hotel on the west side of Manhattan.  It’s a chic boutique hotel with breathtaking Hudson River views.  Join fellow guests at the complimentary hosted wine hour every night from 5-6pm, curated by their master sommelier.  A three-night weekender over July 4th weekend will cost you $194/night, one of the cheapest rates I’ve seen in Manhattan this summer.

Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska
First there was Stonehenge, now we have Foamhenge, Truckhenge and one of my favorites, Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska.  It was created in 1987 by a man named Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father, and wasn’t initially received well by locals, but now has become a beloved attraction in the tiny town of Alliance.  The unique automobile sculpture consists of 38 cars.  Continue your road trip past Carhenge to the town of Cheyenne, Wyoming, a little over an hour away and stay at the Little America Resort.  It’s an 80-acre oasis of luxury and comfort in the middle of the vast Wyoming prairie.  $127/night is average summer rate.

The World’s Largest Bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
The world’s largest baseball bat is six stories tall and appears to be leaning against the museum building, but it’s completely free standing!  The bat weighs 68,000 pounds and the hollow interior has a 30,000 gallon capacity. The bat is constructed of ASTM A36 carbon steel.  While in Louisville, stay at The Brown Hotel.  Here, history and opulence meet comfort and friendly hospitality.  The property was originally built in 1923 and is right in the heart of downtown Louisville.  The average nightly rate in August is $181/night, a great value for such an elegant hotel and central location.

The Hollywood Sign Turns 90
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the iconic Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood hills!  One of the best locations to view the sign is from the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Avenue, which happens to be the location of the Lowes Hollywood Hotel.  It’s super kid-friendly, pet-friendly and boasts unparalleled views of the Hollywood Sign from every room.  The average rate in August is  $279/night.

How to Rent a Car in Europe: International Car Rental Deals

I’m smack-dab in the middle of planning a grand adventure in the Provence region of France–and for the first time ever, I’m going to rent a car. The Provence is best seen by bike or car, and I like the idea of just winding my way from one town to another at a leisurely pace. But to be honest, the prospect of finding a rental car and then driving it in a foreign country had me feeling a bit daunted.

But I’m pleased to say that I cracked the code on this travel challenge and thanks to a slew of new websites, anyone can handle renting a car in Europe. Plus, they drive on the right side of the road in France. Deep breath, deep breath. I can do this!

Here’s are my tips for renting (and driving) a car in Europe:

Road Trip! Playing around Pescadero

Here’s a drive more than worth a car rental from the city of San Francisco.

It was a rare, crystal-clear, northern California morning, and we were driving south along famous Highway One past Pacifica toward the small town of Pescadero. Climbing through Devil’s Slide, we could see the surf crashing on shore as calla lilies bloomed wildly beside the road’s edge. We were in no hurry, and stayed to the right to let cars pass so that we could savor the view, which seemed to change with every big bend in the road.