Discover Americas Quirkiest Destinations


Americans are busier than ever. Juggling the challenging and stressful demands of work and family leaves little time for a long, restful vacation. Taking a quick break can be a great way to reconnect with family and friends and reduce life's strains. Weekend trips rank among the top stress relievers and you don't have to travel far to have a great time. Plenty of fun and fascinating travel destinations reside right in your own backyard.

America enjoys more than 550 quirky travel spots perfect for a quick getaway. Each year, tens of thousands of people visit destinations such as the World's Largest Guitar and the Giant Fire Hydrant. And now, Cottonelle® Toilet Paper and its yellow Labrador puppy are helping make it easy to explore these unusual slices of Americana with an interactive travel adventure Web site, www.PuppyTracksUSA.com.

This summer, people can follow the Cottonelle® Puppy's adventures to some of America's quirkiest destinations. Each week, the puppy will highlight one of his nine favorite travel spots. To inspire people to hit the road, the puppy asks America to provide suggestions for his 10th travel spot through the Cottonelle Puppy's 10th Destination Contest. Entrants must submit a photo of themselves and the official Cottonelle Puppy image at their favorite quirky U.S. travel spot for a chance to win $90,000 for a trip for two to offbeat international destinations. Puppy images and official contest details are available at the Puppy Tracks Web site.

To encourage Americans to get inspired by the puppy's travels, Cottonelle has teamed with actor and travel expert John Ratzenberger. Ratzenberger, who starred on television's "Cheers," hosts and produces the Travel Channel's popular program "John Ratzenberger's Made in America."

"As life gets busier, simple pleasures become more important," said Ratzenberger. "A quick weekend getaway to one of these American wonders is the perfect antidote to stress. The destinations highlighted by Cottonelle have cross-generational appeal and are easily accessible. I encourage you to get out and explore."

So next time you spy a sign for the World's Largest Dinosaurs, be sure to pull over. Not only will the brief stopover make for an enjoyable time with the family, but you just might win big, too.

By: Todd Harper