11 Hidden Gems on the Ultimate Road Trip Through the Northeast

A road trip is only as good as the pit stops you make along the way. Here are 11 under-the-radar destinations that are worth a detour on your next swing through the Northeast.

1. Great Vermont Corn Maze—Danville, VT

This amazing corn maze stretches over 10 acres. The maze takes around two hours to complete and features ten-foot-tall corn, bridges, and underground tunnels. Every year the maze features a new design that can be seen from a bird’s eye view. The corn maze alone is worth the trip, but there’s also a petting zoo to up the ante.

2. Museum at Bethel Woods—Bethel, NY

Right next to the untouched field that once served as the location of the legendary Woodstock Festival sits the Museum at Bethel Woods. Visitors can enjoy a plethora of videos, photographs, and artifacts of all things ‘60s and psychedelic. The museum gathered up authentic items from Woodstock, including clothing worn on stage and brightly colored vehicles. Guests are invited to climb inside a technicolor bus and imagine they are on their way to the next groovy jam.

3. The Spillway—Linesville, PA

Known as the place “where ducks walk on the fishes’ backs,” this attraction features a population of carp so dense that, well, ducks can walk on it. The bizarre tourist spot attracts over 300,000 visitors a year. A small shack provides white bread to feed the frenzied fish. A local study deduced that on average, each visitor throws around 2.4 pounds of bread in the river.

4. Museum of Bad Art—Somerville, MA

The MOBA is dedicated to artists whose skill level doesn’t match their enthusiasm. The little museum has grown considerably since its conception and now boasts two locations: one in a basement and one in a movie theater lobby. When one painting from the collection was stolen in 1990, the museum offered $6.50 for its safe return. After the ransom of $5,000 was not paid, the purloined painting was eventually just given back for free.

5. Salt Lake Arcade—Glendale, RI

The Salt Lake Arcade is supposedly the oldest penny arcade in the country; it opened in 1931. The arcade offers a variety of games, both new and old. Best of all, there hasn’t been any inflation—the arcade’s vintage games still only cost a penny to play.

6. Andres Sculpture Park—Brookline, NH

A collection of statues are scattered throughout the woods surrounding an artist’s house. Visitors can simultaneously enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and the strangeness of the art by hiking the trails of this outdoor museum to discover over 70 pieces of abstract art from around the world. Maps are available online that show where each of the park’s works can be found.

7. Punkin’ Chunkin’—Bridgeville/Dover, DE

What better way to get rid of your old Halloween pumpkins than by shooting them into the sky with a cannon? Every year on the first weekend after Halloween, the good people of Delaware compete to see who can rocket their pumpkins farthest. There are a variety of different divisions, including air cannon, trebuchet, and human powered. There’s also a separate competition for children, and theatrics (fans pick their favorite). Each team gets three shots, one per day. It’s a fairly safe sport—the only casualty in the history of Punkin’ Chunkin’ was a duck that was struck by a pumpkin.

8. The Desert of Maine—Freeport, ME

Maine is known for its lush natural beauty, but it’s not totally green. The 40-acre Desert of Maine was originally part of a family farm in the late 18th century, but after years of poor crop rotation and mismanagement, the land turned into a sandy expanse of dunes. After the original landowners gave up the plot in the early 20th century, it was turned into a tourist attraction complete with its own sand museum.

9. The Singing Beach—Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

There are plenty of great beaches in the Northeast, but Manchester-by-the-Sea is particularly convenient for Bostonians to visit. Even better, the beach “sings”! When visitors walk on the beach’s sand, it squeaks underfoot with a distinctive sound that’s known as singing. The phenomenon is the result of the sand’s chemical composition and size, and it’s sure to get a laugh when you first set foot on it.

10. Kaaterskill Falls—Palenville, NY

This dazzling waterfall is over 250 feet fall and cascades down in two tiers that make it one of New York’s tallest and most memorable. But Kaaterskill Falls offers more than just a stunning view – it’s also the inspiration behind any number of iconic artistic achievements. Washington Irving mentioned the falls in “Rip Van Winkle,” and the influential painters of the 19th century’s Hudson River School used the rushing waters as a model. It’s worth a visit to see what all the fuss is about—maybe the sight will inspire you to create something iconic.

11. Charles Island—Milford, CT

From its location in Long Island Sound, Charles Island doesn’t look all that imposing. It’s only 14 acres, but Charles Island is home to enough legends and folklore to fill an island twice its size. The island is supposedly the hiding place of famed pirate Captain William Kidd’s treasure—in true pirate fashion, Kidd cursed the island—as well as the stolen treasure of a 16th century Mexican emperor. Thanks to all the stories of buried riches, the unassuming island has become a favorite destination of treasure hunters. If you’ve got the urge to break out your metal detector, this may be the island for you.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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The Northern Lights Storms Are Getting Names—and You Can Offer Up Your Suggestions

A nameless northern lights show in Ylläs, Finland.
A nameless northern lights show in Ylläs, Finland.
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While all northern lights are spectacular, they’re not all spectacular in the same way. Aurora borealis, or “northern dawn,” occurs when electrons in the magnetic field surrounding Earth transfer energy to oxygen and nitrogen molecules in the atmosphere. The molecules then emit the excess energy as light particles, which create scintillating displays whose colors and shapes depend on many known and unknown factors [PDF]—type of molecule, amount of energy transferred, location in the magnetosphere, etc.

Though the “storms” are extremely distinct from each other, they haven’t been named in the past the way hurricanes and other storms are christened. That’s now changing, courtesy of a tourism organization called Visit Arctic Europe. As Travel + Leisure reports, the organization will now christen the strongest storms with Nordic names to make it easier to keep track of them.

“There are so many northern lights visible in Arctic Europe from autumn to early spring that we started giving them names the same way other storms are named. This way, they get their own identities and it’s easier to communicate about them,” Visit Arctic Europe’s program director Rauno Posio explained in a statement.

Scientists will be able to reference the names in their studies, much like they do with hurricanes. And if you’re a tourist hoping to check out other people’s footage of the specific sky show you just witnessed, searching by name on social media will likely turn up better results than a broad “#auroraborealis.”

Visit Arctic Europe has already given names to recent northern lights storms, including Freya, after the Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, and Sampo, after “the miracle machine and magic mill in the Finnish national epic poem, ‘Kalevala.’” A few other monikers pay tribute to some of the organization’s resident “aurora hunters.”

But you don’t have to be a goddess or an aurora hunter in order to get in on the action. Anybody can submit a name (along with an optional explanation for your suggestion) through the “Naming Auroras” page here. It’s probably safe to assume that submissions related to Nordic history or culture have a better chance of being chosen, but there’s technically nothing to stop you from asking Visit Arctic Europe to name a northern lights show after your dog.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]