The World's Wonder View Tower in Genoa, Colorado was one the high points of my cross-country road trip. It is called a 'Tourist Trap' by some people, but I think that it is really a national treasure.
The Wonder View Tower was build as a road house and tourist attraction in the mid-1920's. Nowadays, the attraction is comprised of the tower and a sprawling (approximately 20 rooms) combination museum / curio shop. Items on display (and mostly available for sale) include animal monstrosities such as the two-headed calf, eight legged pig embryo, piles of tableware, farm implements, tens of thousands of old bottles and lots of other cool stuff.
Amateur archaeologist and curator Jerry Chubbuck (who is almost 80 years-old) and his wife have owned the Tower and Museum for about 40 years. The one dollar admission charge is a huge bargain. Jerry will give you a detailed tour which will include showing you a large fossil from his discovery of a nearby 8, 000 year old 'Bison Kill Site'. He will refund your admission if you correctly guess the identity of ten of his unique museum pieces.
You can also climb the 87 steps to the top of the tower, where on a clear day you can see six states (Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, New Mexico and South Dakota). Climbing the tower is probably not recommended for people who are afraid of heights or tight spaces.
The World's Wonder View Tower is about two hours east of Denver (or Colorado Springs) and 78 miles west of the Kansas border just off of I-70. It is located on the north side of I-70 on the frontage road at the west end of the town of Genoa. It is open 8am to 8pm in March to September (and other times by appointment - call to confirm). 719-763-2309
The Genoa World's Wonder View Tower is a great place to visit!