Genoa Travel Guide
Carolers are boring and Frosty's overplayed. Kill some of those long, empty days before Christmas (and before gift-buying panic sets in) with a trip to the Circumnavigando street festival in Genoa, held December 18-21.
This isn't some kind of buskerfest: The city officially invites acrobats, clowns and other performers to fill its streets for four days. Britain's Bash Street Company adds live music to silent mime acts, while the Swiss act Roc Kidz Crew leans towards breakdancing.
Stay for Christmas if you want to catch the Pope's blessing or just enjoy waiting for Befana (the Italian bearer of gifts, a kind witch who gave the Wise Man directions) to deliver presents on the feast of Epiphany.
In this jet-setting, $10-a-flight world, we think that sometimes there isn't enough love given to four-wheel quests for the bizarre roadside tourist traps anymore. Thus we introduce you to the Wonder Tower in Genoa, Colorado. Stuck on a parched stretch of I-70 between Denver and Kansas, this once-popular spot seems to be crowded when you pull up -- until you realize all of the "people" on the tower are pieces of wood wrapped with fabric. Hmmm.
The tower's claim to fame is that, apparently, you can see six states from the top. We can neither confirm or deny that, but we can tell you that the knick-knack-stuffed basement below is much more interesting than squinting at what may or may not be Wyoming.
Every bit of the museum located underneath the tower (including the old restaurant kitchen) is packed with two-headed animals, bizarre old medical equipment, and ridiculous ephemera. Basically: the place is amazing, but unpretentious about it. If you're ever driving across the country, take I-70.
Hours: 8 am - 8 pm