Tacky Tourism Photos Document Family Road Trip


From bunny ears to duck lips, even the most seasoned road warrior will pose for a tacky tourist photo. Thoroughly documented by Roadside America, our country has no shortage of bizarre places to snap a photo. And, let’s face it; there really is no motivation for public humiliation like being absolutely nowhere near your hometown.

With the open road as a backdrop for countless memories, if we can embarrass our kids at least once/trip, so can you. Here are some ideas to get you started on a Tacky Tourism Photo album of your own:

Noodle at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium

Noodling at Mississippi River MuseumAn affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa one seriously cool place. Noodling around for this tacky photo, visitors can try and hook a catfish the hard way.

Hang with Harland Sanders at the Original Kentucky Fried Chicken

Colonel SandersBirthplace of Kentucky’s most famous fried chicken, visitors to the Sanders Café and Museum in Corbin, Kentucky can spend some time with The Colonel on his park bench. A fully functional KFC restaurant, patrons can enjoy some lunch with their history lesson.

Wash the Windows at the John Hancock Observatory

John Hancock Observatory

Visitors to the John Hancock Observatory will enjoy 360-degree views of the Windy City from 1000 feet up. From interactive screens to help identify landmarks to an open-air skywalk and Chicago’s highest café and bar, the observatory features a photo opportunity for the truly tacky at heart.

Swallow the Washington Monument

Washington MonumentInspired by a photo on the source of all tacky tourism photo opportunities (www.TackyTouristPhotos.com), we cannot claim originality in the idea to “swallow” the Washington Monument on a recent trip to Washington DC.

Survive the Kenosha Public Museum

Kenosha MonsterWelcoming museum visitors to a permanent exhibit called “Monsters of the Deep,” is this early ancestor of the sea lamprey. Glad some creatures are now extinct, The Wisconsin Story had a bit of a rough beginning. A photo opportunity seemingly created especially for children of sarcastic travel writers, we were secretly relieved figurines of this guy were not available in the museum gift shop.


About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.