(NewsUSA) â€“ While high-brow cultural events might appeal to some, many travelers choose roads paved with kitsch, knick-knacks and dinosaur sculptures. Americana -; or the diner-laden culture of folktales and Norman Rockwell paintings -; produces donut burgers and giant balls of string, local food festivals and unusual athletic events. Touring regional sights brings families closer to home and provides a fun, memorable way to explore Americaâ€™s regional cultures and cuisines. Families looking for eccentric fun canâ€™t do better than to head to Wisconsin. Eclectic food stops abound. Wisconsinâ€™s Mount Horeb Mustard Museum houses the worldâ€™s largest collection of mustard varieties -; visitors can see over 4,600 dijons, wasabis and grey poupons, not to mention antique mustard pots, vintage advertisements and other mustardy memorabilia. Those over 21 years old might enjoy a trip to the National Brewery Museum in Potosi, where they can view turn-of-the-century brewing equipment. If visitors are the type to catch, not order, their dinner, Haywardâ€™s National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum might appeal. The highlight of the museum is the â€œShrine for Anglersâ€ -; a four-and-one-half-story building shaped like a leaping muskie, a large fish whose gaping mouth serves as an observation platform. Once visitors sate their physical hunger, they can satisfy spiritual needs at Beloitâ€™s Angel Museum, a converted church that shelters over 12,000 angel figurines, including 700 black angels donated by Oprah Winfrey. Near Sparta, The Paul and Matilda Wagner Grotto, also known as The Glass Church, a sculpture garden decorated with glass, serves as a nondenominational contemplation space and a grassroots art exhibit. Other destinations celebrate American history, culture and innovation. Appletonâ€™s History Museum at the Castle contains equipment once owned by Harry Houdini, while Elkhornâ€™s Watsonâ€™s Wild West Museum displays antique spurs and over 2,000 branding irons. The Tommy Bartlett Exploratory in Wisconsin Dells contains mementos from a different sort of frontier -; visitors can see a Russian Mir core module and a replica of Sputnik 1. For more information about experiencing Americana on the road, visit www.travelwisconsin.com or call 1-800-432-TRIP, extension 8747.
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