For those traveling to Fargo in November to see Tina Turner, a short side trip to Mount Grungemore is definitely worth the time and effort. For over half a century, visitors have marveled at the incredible likenesses carved out of solid rock of Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots. As a bonus attraction, the kids will love the sensational live re-creation of the famous chase scene from Alfred Hitchock’s North By Northwest. Starring in the role made famous by Cary Grant, Vanilla Ice defies death three times daily by dangling from the edge of Eddie Vedder’s left nostril. Special reduced fall rates make this a must-see attraction.

If you’re thinking of catching Marvelous 3 or The Bangles in Washington D.C., no trip to our nation’s capital is complete until you visit the Tomb Of The Unknown Groupie. Based on the design of mobile homes, circa 1975, this famous attraction comes complete with aluminum skirting and a 24/7 roadie honor guard. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the caster plaster museum, and the Jimmy Page Mud Shark Aquarium.

Shows like Culture Club, Saint Etienne and Joan Osborne are just icing on the cake for history buffs traveling to the Boston area to visit historical attractions like the first promoters landing at Plymouth Rock. Probably one of the more popular activities is retracing the route of Paul Revere’s famous ride, where he risked life and limb to ride through the streets at night yelling, Marilyn Manson is coming! Marilyn Manson is coming!”

Sure, your kids can learn about these historic events in history class, but actually seeing the locations, buildings and monuments of our great country makes the past come alive. Treat your family to a dose of Americana this fall. You’ll be glad you did.

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