8 east and west coast attractions for your next great American road trip

From the World's Largest Thermometer to the Museum of Bad Art, here are a few pit stops.

The United States hosts a lot of eclectic attractions by the side of the road. These make for great pit stops while driving long distance, but some make the stops part of the trip. Here are a few locations to visit during your next road trip.

1. Museum of Bad Art – Dedham, Massachusetts

The Museum of Bad Art is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of failed art in all its forms. The gallery features 400 pieces of art in its permanent collection. Why visit a traditional, stuffy art museum when you can laugh at some truly atrocious paintings?

2. Ben & Jerry's Flavor Graveyard – South Burlington, Vermont

While you can schedule a guided tour of the Ben & Jerry's factory, visiting the flavor graveyard is free of charge. Each canceled flavor is given its own headstone in their Waterbury cemetery. Visitors can walk by and pay their respects to flavors such as Hunka Burnin' Fudge and Economic Crunch.

3. Yankee Siege Trebuchet – Greenfield, New Hampshire

The Yankee Siege Trebuchet is a huge, 25,000 pound trebuchet used to chuck things. It is famous for its ability to hurl pumpkins across long distances. In 2009, the trebuchet set a world record by throwing a pumpkin 2,034 feet. In 2013, the Yankee Siege II beat this record by hurling a pumpkin 2,835 feet.

4. Lucy the Elephant – Margate, New Jersey

Lucy the Elephant holds the title of America's oldest roadside attraction at over 120 years old. The elephant is made out of wood and tin. She stands at 65 feet tall and weighs 90 whole tons. Lucy was originally constructed in 18812 to bring travelers to the less visited sandy lots in the South Atlantic City area. Today, you can get a guided tour of Lucy for just $8 ($4 for children).

5. World's Tallest Thermometer – Death Valley, California

The World's Tallest Thermometer is visible from the interstate between Barstow and Las Vegas and displays an accurate reading of the outdoor temperature. It stands at 134 feet tall, which is the same number as the highest air temperature ever recorded in North America in 1913 near Death Valley. No need to stay out in the heat when you visit. The attraction includes an information center, gift shop and picnic tables.

6. Giant Cabazon Dinosaurs – Cabazon, California

Ever wondered what it might be like to live among the dinosaurs? Experience life-size dinosaur statues in Cabazon, California. You can walk or drive along these huge sculptures. The dinosaurs are a part of a museum that is open all year round. Inside the museum, you can also participate in a dinosaur dig and fossil panning.

7. Shoe Tree – Shaniko, Oregon

The Shoe Tree is just an ordinary tree featuring probably hundreds of old pairs of shoes. The tree holds many, many discarded shoes that were tied together and slung over its branches. No one really knows who started this tradition, but you can still see the tree (and maybe even add to it yourself) along Highway 26.

8. George Washington Bust – George, Washington

Forget Washington, D.C. There's another city in America named after our first president: George, Washington. Taking together the town's name and its state, it is the only city in America that features Washington's full name. The city hosts a bust of Washington in front of one of its gas stations. George hosts cherry pie baking competitions every year on the Fourth of July and Washington's birthday. The largest cherry pie in the world is baked every year on Independence Day and served to townsfolk and visitors alike.

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An endangered species is not a tragedy, because if a species is endangered, then they aren't yet extinct.

Sadly, there are millions of endangered species across the world, all facing threats that mostly stem from human activities. Still, it's not too late. Take a gander at these majestic animals, and then donate to a wildlife fund or environmental activism group of your choice.


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Do Non-Melatonin Sleep Aids Really Work?

Objective makes a chocolate square.

I Can't Sleep.

I truly cannot remember the last time I had a good night's rest. Even before the stay-at-home orders, I was just a little ball of nerves.

But lately, it's been awful. I toss and turn, it's always too hot or even too cold, sometimes I make myself tea and read for a bit, but when I'm still up at 1 a.m., I reach for my phone and then I'm up until 3. My sister and I have a weekly call, and our small talk about our exhaustion turned into an hour long conversation about sleep.

I Thought I'd Tried Everything. Even Melatonin.

My sister asked why I hadn't gone for the old staple, melatonin and I reminded her about the time we traveled abroad, and it gave me the weirdest nightmares (the horrible kind where you wake up in your dream and you're still in a dream). Chamomile tea didn't work, nothing worked.

She said she had a friend who swore by something I definitely hadn't heard of.

They Were NOT Pills, Teas or Anything I'd Seen Before.

A company called Objective makes Fast Asleep, a sleep solution delivered as chocolatey treats. They're created with saffron and GABA. If going to sleep was as easy as eating a piece of these chocolatey, minty delights every night, I'd be sold.

What Exactly Was In It?

Cocoa contains caffeine, so I didn't know how this would help me sleep. After talking with my sister, I went online and saw that the calming, sleep-supporting ingredients cancel out any of the very little caffeine content.

Saffron, the spice, is apparently known to help with staying asleep, and their GABA is a fermented version of the neurotransmitter that's known to help you relax and fall asleep faster. In a study, 100% of customers saw improvement in their sleep quality thanks to saffron. One hundred percent!

Do I Try It?

A bag of 30 pieces was only $40, and they had a money-back guarantee.

They're keto-friendly and only 30 calories a piece, so not too decadent before bedtime.

They were chocolatey-minty, which is my favorite flavor, so I was sold. I ordered a bag to try.

The First Night, I Wasn't Impressed.

I took one piece (super yummy!) - 30-60 minutes before bedtime is recommended - but when I climbed in, I didn't notice a difference. I was worried I'd wasted my money.

However, once I fell asleep, I stayed asleep until my alarm went off, which hasn't always been the case for me.

I checked the site again, and noticed that many people didn't notice a real difference until the third or fourth night - it builds up in your system over time, so I decided to keep an open mind the rest of the week.

The Second Night Was Completely Different

Without doing anything differently from the first night, my second night was amazing. I felt calm and sleepy as I was getting ready for bed, and once I hit the pillow, I was out the whole night.

It had to be these sweet treats. The next day, I even felt more balanced and relaxed - Fast Asleep helps boost serotonin levels and reduce cortisol (the stress hormone), and I definitely noticed a difference in my overall mood and alertness.

I Already Ordered More.

Just In Case! There's nothing habit-forming about this product, so it's completely safe to take every night, and I honestly always want to keep it in the house. I'd also love to offer it to anyone staying over in the guest room, whenever we have guests again.

Now that I'm getting a healthy 8 hours of sleep every night, I feel more equipped during the day to tackle the things I need to do and deal with some of my daytime stressors. I finally had the energy to clean the kitchen, which had been bothering me so much for the past few weeks.

With Objective's Fast Asleep, I get real sleep and balance my levels, so I don't have to feel tired during my waking hours. Sleep in the form of chocolate squares sounds so weird, but oh my goodness, do they work.

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The Best Apps for Craft Beer Delivery

Try beers from all over the world–from your phone.

With breweries and distilleries out of business for the foreseeable future, your favorite beer may feel particularly out of reach this time of year, especially with the weather changing. But don't let quarantine suck all the fun out of summer. Luckily, thanks to technology, a lot of craft beer is now deliverable straight to your door step. Here are a few of the best apps to help make sure you stay up to date on the latest trendy brews.

Tavour

Tavour

Simplistic and elegant, Tavour allows users to easily fill up a box of beer over a period of time before shipping. The app offers more than 650 different breweries both local and national and is perfect for those who like to experiment. It's easy to use, and their menu rotates regularly so you and your beer never grow stale.

TapRM

TapRM

TapRM offers a wide range of both craft beers and hard seltzers. While based almost exclusively in New York City, the app offers fast, same day delivery from some of the best beer brands in the world. They also provide a unique selection of beers to help you find your new favorite. All you need to do is download the app and place your order!

Drizly

Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.

Saucey

Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

Beer Menus

BeerMenus

For those who enjoy strictly local beers, BeerMenus features a tap list from local bars and a broader stock list from your neighborhood beer store. With that, you can make sure to create a list of your favorite beers in your neighborhood, so that when they're in stock you can be ready to go.