The contest is now closed and the winner has been notified. Thanks to all for entering. This contest shows, once again, that there are some really strange sites across America—interestingly many from Wisconsin including a life-sized pink elephant wearing horn rimmed glasses. The contestant can’t remember exactly where she saw the pink elephant but was pretty sure that it was between Milwaukee and Dodgeville. If anyone knows where it is, help us out. Although you know what they say about seeing pink elephants.
In honor of The American Road exhibit at Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum, VISIT Milwaukee and Show Me Chicago are giving away the ultimate Milwaukee road trip package.
What better way to celebrate summer than with a road trip?
What's even better, is to win an all-inclusive Milwaukee road trip package for two in our contest.
The road trip, an American phenomena since the 1930's, has become an important part of today’s popular culture.
Once out on the open-road, one never knows what they’ll encounter—be it a beer-can house in Houston, the world’s largest Santa Claus in North Pole, Alaska, an enormous beached blue whale on Route 66 in Oklahoma, a dessert in Maine, a Dinosaur Park in Rapid City, South Dakota, a 55-ft.-tall Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, Minnesota or the world’s Largest Bottle of Ketchup in downstate Collinsville, Illinois.
The American Road exhibition at Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum (now through September 1, 2014) relives the glory days of those sights and sounds by showcasing the great American roads and routes from the Lincoln Highway to Route 66.
The exhibit – which is divided into three parts – takes visitors on a journey along quintessential American highways and byways through photographs, film footage, slide shows and vintage travel memorabilia.
Highlights include: a 1962 Ford Country Squire station wagon, an 11-foot-tall mid-1950's neon sign from the Siesta Motel, a giant head of the pop culture icon "Muffler Man" from the 1960s and a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu outfitted with original artwork.
"Nearly everyone has a fond memory of exploring the country with family and friends," said Bill Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum. "The American Road speaks to these memories and enjoying the freedom and independence that accompanies the journey and adventure.”
Now, we would like to hear your memories. Tell us in 50-words or less about the strangest roadside attraction that you have encountered on a road trip—be it gaudy, weird, bizarre or kitschy. Let us know, when and where you saw it and a little about it. Also send a picture (small format), if available.
Email your entry to email@example.com between now and 3 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (winner will be announced same day). Participants must be 21 or older to enter, one entry per person, click here for list of rules and regulations. If we select your entry—here’s what you’ll win:
One (1) Two-Night Stay at the Iron Horse Hotel
One (1) Gas Card
Two (2) Tickets to the Harley-Davidson Museum
Two (2) Tickets for a Back Road Tour at the Harley-Davidson Museum
One (1) Gift Card to the Harley-Davidson Museum’s Restaurant, Motor
Two (2) Official Harley-Davidson Jackets
One (1) Show Pass to the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
One (1) Gift Card to Dream Dance Steak House at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
One (1) luxury bath robe from Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s New Hotel, opening Fall 2014
Two (2) Tickets to the Milwaukee Art Museum
One (1) Gift Card to the Café Calatrava
Two (2) Tour and Tasting Tickets for Great Lakes Distillery
Two (2) Tour Tickets to Milwaukee Brewing Company
Two (2) Chocolate and Wine Flights at Indulgence Chocolatiers
One(1) Scoop of Ice Cream at Purple Door Ice Cream Company
One (1) Gift Card to Clock Shadow Creamery
One (1) Gift Card to Anodyne Coffee
One (1) Gift Card to Cousins Subs®
One (1) Gift Card to Maders Restaurant
Two (2) Kayak Rentals at Milwaukee Kayak Company
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