The Sideling Hill Overlook is at welcome center & rest stop in Maryland on i68. It’s worth stopping for the view of the massive cut through the a mountain called Sideling Hill, and the overlook of the valley to the east. Good for photographers, which is everyone these days.
Overlooking the valley below:
Mountain? No problem, just carve a wedge out of it:
There is a Vietnam War memorial on the premises. The rest stop facilities are clean as well.
Unfortunately the Welcome Center part of the North Carolina Welcome Center was closed. No brochures for me. But I did enjoy this giant folk-art weathervane (pictured above).
The folks hanging out at the Welcome Center seemed like tourists. Lots of jorts (cuffed jean shorts). Lots of people walking their miniature dogs. Thankfully no grifters — the “we need $20 to get back to Erie Pennsylvania” routine gets old quick (I’m talking to you Maryland).
The Fort Massac Rest Area (37.159140, -88.679758) welcomes you to Metropolis, Illinois, the town Clark Kent works in. Clark Kent is, of course, the possibly-fictional superhero Superman.
The rest area is, overall, quite pleasant and features landscaped grounds, a clean bathroom (I can’t say clean bathrooms (plural) because I only visited the men’s bathroom), and an informative educational display about Emerald Ash Borer insects (which destroy ash trees).
The grounds also feature Brood XXIII periodical cicadas, but the next time you’ll be able to observe them there is 2028.
Last visited: May 24th, 2015.