Season’s Greenings: Railroads and Roadside Attractions

Posted: December 20, 2017 in Artwork, Roadside Attractions

Season’s Greenings: Railroads and Roadside Attractions

On this lunchtime bike ride I was fortunate to see some of the most unique and beautiful holiday decorations here in the D.C. area.   I returned to the United States Botanic Garden to see more of their decorations, including their main holiday exhibit entitled “Season’s Greenings: Railroads and Roadside Attractions.”

Each year the Botanic Garden decorates for the holidays with a different themed showcase.  Last year’s theme was national parks.  This year’s holiday showcase is built around a theme of “Roadside Attractions.”  It includes a model train show, with various trains chugging around, below, through, and above recreations of iconic sights from across the United States.  Like the recreations of D.C. Landmarks , all of the features in the Roadside Attractions showcase are made out of a variety of plants.

You can explore classic attractions like Texas’ Cadillac Ranch, Colorado’s hot-dog-shaped Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, South Dakota’s Corn Palace, New Jersey’s Lucy the Elephant, and many more.

During a visit to the Botanic Garden you can also view thousands of blooms throughout the Conservatory, including a seasonal showcase of heirloom and newly developed poinsettia varieties.  And the orchid room, which is incredible throughout the year, is particularly beautiful at this time of year.  So if you can, go there before the holiday decorations are taken down at the beginning of the year.

 

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List of roadside attractions and the state(s) in which they are located.

1 – Boll Weevil Monument (Alabama)
2 – Cadillac Ranch (Texas)
3 – Coffee Pot and Cup Water Towers (Iowa)
4 – Coney Island Hot Dog Stand (Colorado)
5 – Corn Palace (South Dakota)
6 – Dinosaur Park Dinosaurs (South Dakota)
7 – Ear of Corn Water Tower (Minnesota)
8 – Elwood, The World’s Tallest Concrete Gnome (Iowa)
9 – Golden Driller Statue (Oklahoma)
10 – Hollywood Sign (California)
11 –  Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue (Georgia)
12 – Jolly Green Giant Statue (Minnesota)
13 – Leaning Tower of Niles (Illinois)
14 – Lucy the Elephant (New Jersey)
15 – Mr. Potato Head Statue (Rhode Island)
16 – Mt. Rushmore (South Dakota)
17 – Niagara Falls and Maid of the Mist Boat (New York)
18 – Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox (Minnesota)
19 – Peachoid Water Tower  South Carolina, Alabama)
20 – Pineapple Water Tower (Hawaii)
21 – Randy’s Donuts (California)
22 – Route 66 Diner (New Mexico)
23 – Santa Monica Pier (California)
24 – Sapp Bros. Coffee Pot Water Tower (Nebraska)
25 – See Rock City Barn (Tennessee)
26 – Spoonbridge and Cherry (Minnesota)
27 – Teapot Dome Gas Station (Washington)
28 – The Big Chair (Washington, D.C.)
29 – The Big Duck (New York)
30 – The Blue Whale (Oklahoma)
31 – Twistee Treat (Florida, Texas, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois)
32 – Volkswagen Beetle Spider (Iowa, Alabama, California, Nevada, Idaho, Pennsylvania)
33 – Watermelon Water Tower (Texas)
34 – Wawona Tree Tunneled Sequoia (California)
35 – “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign (Nevada)
36 – Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower) (Illinois)
37 – World’s Largest Basket (Ohio)
38 – World’s Largest Bat (Kentucky)
39 – World’s Largest Chili Pepper (New Mexico)
40 – World’s Largest Pecan (Texas)
41 – World’s Largest Pistachio (New Mexico)

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