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Nostalgic Postcards of American Roadside Attractions – Part 3

Written by Christopher Alm • June 6th, 2012
Nostalgic Postcards of American Roadside Attractions – Part 3

Laurel Motor Inn in San Francisco, California

According to Wikipedia, a roadside attraction is a feature along the side of a road, that is frequently advertised with billboards to attract tourists. In general, these are places one might stop on the way to somewhere else, rather than being a final or primary destination in and of themselves.

The modern tourist-oriented highway attraction originated as a U.S. and Western Canadian phenomenon in the 1940s to 1960s.

Here are a bunch of nostalgic postcards depicting some of these roadside places – everything from coffee shops to seaside restaurants. Which are your favorite roadside attractions?

Source ForwardLook Postcards   

Above: Lariat Lodge in Gallup, New Mexico

Above: Modern Motor Sales in Montréal, Quebéc

Above: Ravenwood Motel in South Lake Tahoe, California

Above: Alexandria Motel in Alexandria Bay, New York

Above: Carson’s Restaurant in San Marcos, Texas

Above: Marquee Drive-In in Mesa, Arizona

Above: Rancho Santa Maria in Santa Maria, California

Above: Cliff House in San Francisco, California

Christopher Alm

Christopher founded Ultra Swank in 2005. Has a crush on mid-century graphic design, defunct airlines, Disneyland and the Century 21 Exposition. Is a collector of easy listening music from the 60s and 70s and a Swedish expat living in Barcelona, Spain.

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  • This is why we need time machines; not to kill Hitler or prevent the black plague or anything so noble, but so we can all go back and experience this great era of being an American on vacation.

  • I agree Steve!

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