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RoadsideAmerica.com, the guide to offbeat tourist attractions, announced the launch of its Roadside Presidents mobile software app for iPhone. Roadside Presidents reveals over a thousand U.S. President tourist attractions around the country – from traditional historic places, such as presidential birthplaces and memorials, to the offbeat and unexpected, such as the ice cream store where President Obama worked during high school.
“We’ve discovered so many bizarre presidential sights out there,” said Ken Smith, senior editor of RoadsideAmerica.com. “By visiting conventional landmarks, but also the hidden treasures, you get the broader, nuttier picture of America’s history. You’ll never think of George Washington quite the same way after you’ve seen his whiskey-making still — or of Ronald Reagan after seeing a statue of him eating a potato pancake.”
Roadside Presidents is available on the Apple (U.S.) App Store for $2.99. The list of attractions is always growing, and the app retrieves real-time updates and attraction status reports from RoadsideAmerica.com.
Users can browse by president or by location, and read fun facts, attraction visit reports and stories, and see visitor-contributed tips and photos, maps, driving directions, hours, and phone numbers. They can snap photos from within the app to submit directly to RoadsideAmerica.com. The app’s “Been There!” feature lets users keep track of roadside attractions they have visited.
The editorial team at RoadsideAmerica.com has spent years seeking out dusty wax dioramas and creaky animatronics of the nation’s Chief Executives. They’ve written irreverent and illuminating entries for Roadside Presidents – on first ladies and VPs, quirky siblings, White House pets, and presidential also-rans.
Assassination, conspiracy, and scandal sights are other road trip possibilities found in the app. The attractions are everywhere and the app makes them easy to find — whether it’s a robot Lyndon Johnson cracking jokes in Texas, a Highway of Vice Presidents in Indiana, or a George Bush giant sequoia in California.
Roadside Presidents was designed by the software development team that created the popular Roadside America iPhone app, consistently listed among the top-selling App Store Travel apps since it was introduced in 2010. It was named an App Store Staff Favorite in 2011.