Are you looking for one a one-of-a-kind trip? If so, you’re in the right place! America is dotted with famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Vegas Strip, Golden Gate Bridge, and more. However, if you want to take the road less traveled, then welcome to our top 10 list of weird places to visit in the US.
From cave house, a palace made of corn, a year-round Christmas town, and more, you’ll have an unforgettable adventure from our picks. Buckle up and let’s start the road trip:
1. Kokopelli’s Cave, Farmington, NM
Topping our list is the Kokopelli’s Cave in Farmington, New Mexico. This isn’t your typical kind of cave. Because inside, you’ll find a bed and breakfast accommodation, complete with furniture, beds, lamps, and cozy carpets. It’s like Stone Age meets the modern world!
Kokopelli’s Cave is a dynamite-blasted and hand-drilled excavation with an expanse of 1,700 sq. ft. If you plan to visit this cave house, bring a backpack instead of a suitcase. Why? It’s because this cave house is perched about 300 feet from the ground.
At Kokopelli’s, you’ll be staying in a cave house inside a 60 million-year-old Ojo Alamo sandstone. If that’s not enough, you’ll also soak your eyes on the picturesque view of the La Plata River as well as the states of New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.
No wonder, a consulting geologist, Bruce Black owns this place.
Overall, the cave is dry and a very cozy place for a stay since it stays between 65F to 68F all year round. Just take note that there’s an abundance of critters here like chipmunks, squirrels, and ring-tail cats.
2. Bubble Gum Alley, San Luis Obispo, CA
Is the first destination not weird enough? Then you should probably head to the Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California. Here, there’s a massive wall covered with bubblegum. Wait, chewed and salivated bubblegum that came from the mouths of hundreds of visitors.
Although it seems like an alley of bacteria, this spot in Higuera Street attracts tourists from all over the country. It’s weird and unique at the same time, but avoid touching the wall no matter how curious you are.
Some consider it as artwork while others see it as a weird spot. Nevertheless, it’s worth seeing, not to mention its “sickly sweet” aroma.
Take note that it’s all about perspective. We’ve seen comments online saying that the place is disgusting (at some point, it really is), but it’s still an unpleasant sight to behold for curious visitors.
Also, you can stick your own chewing gum into the wall to give your “contribution” for the art. However, never lick any of it and keep the gum on the alley (as the small signboard says on the site).
3. Mütter Museum, Philadelphia, PA
If you’re looking for a mysterious and grotesque place, it’s a sin not to visit the Mütter Museum in Philly. This place is a paradise for those who are seeking to witness the medical macabre at its raw and finest way.
Inside the museum, you’ll see a display of medical oddities including preserved 19th-century conjoined twins in a jar, a pair of severed hands with gout, genital warts, a portion of Einstein’s brain, 139 skulls, and more.
There are also eerie wax figures used to study various health conditions back in the 20th and 19th centuries – making it one of the weird places to visit in the US.
What we really want you to see here is the Soap Lady. It’s the body of a woman exhumed in Philadelphia back in 1875. Scientists found that a fatty substance encases the body, which turns the remains into soap.
Also, you should prepare to see the weapon specimens designed to rip the human body to pieces.
Overall, there are more than 25,000 specimens inside the Mütter Museum. The place is named after Dr. Thomas Mütter, a surgeon who has helped a lot of people, especially those with severe disfigurements.
4. The Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD
If you’re headed somewhere in South Dakota, we recommend that you drop by the so-called “world’s only corn palace”. Are you confused? Read on.
The Corn Palace is an ornate auditorium that’s been in operation for 75 years now. Moreover, it accepts bookings for performances and meetings.
Each year during the Memorial Day, the locals redecorate the Corn Palace with 13 varieties of real corn. They use yellow, black, brown, blue, red, calico, orange, and even green corn. The best part here is they use corn to create murals on the outdoor walls of the palace.
The décor of the palace peaks between late May and early September, in case you’re planning to visit. Nevertheless, the place is never bare all year round.
If you want to bring home some souvenirs, there’s the Corn Palace Souvenir Shop across the street.
Anyway, this isn’t the weirdest on our weird places to visit in the US, but if you want to start with something ‘soft’, then this should be at the top of your itinerary.
5. The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, NV
Are you in Vegas for some fun? After seeing the glitz and glam of Sin City, you shouldn’t forget to visit the Neon Museum. It’s the place where the neon signboards are brought to die.
After each one graced the biggest and most famous establishments in the city, they will be replaced and brought to this resting place. It’s also called the Neon Boneyard where you’ll get to see the history of Las Vegas through neon lights.
Currently, there are 150+ decommissioned neon signs on site. However, these aren’t restored, which allows you to see the sad process of how each neon lights lose its sparkle.
Among the most famous neon lights here are the original Aladdin’s lamp used in the first Aladdin Casino, Golden Nugget, Silver Slipper, and more. Most of the neon signs were produced by the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO).
In addition, the place was established in 1996 as part of Vegas’ educational and cultural enrichment. If you’re planning to visit, book a ticket online and time your visit during sunset when some of the signs are lit.
6. Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard, Waterbury, VT
Have you been in a graveyard of dead ice cream flavors? If you’re intrigued and want to see one, you should head to the Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard in Waterbury, Vermont.
It’s dubbed as the “sweetest graveyard” in the world because it’s where the “dearly depinted” ice cream flavors of the brand are “laid to rest”.
There are tombstones for every flavor with a short background and year of death for each one. Also, we actually find this amazing, since Ben & Jerry’s allows you to “resurrect” any of the flavors by filling out the form online. It’s a fun marketing way that you simply can’t resist.
Overall, about 34 flavors are laid to rest in their Flavor Graveyard. If you want to see each of them, you should come early as the tour is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The tour lasts for 30 minutes, but you should check their opening hours as it changes from time to time.
If you want to cool down after the tour, you can head to the onsite Scoop Shop. There’s also a gift shop where you can get some souvenirs.
7. Santa Claus, IN
Santa Claus is a humble town in Southwestern Indiana. Here, it seems like it’s Christmas all year round! Aside from the name of the place, they also have lots of attractions no matter what time you plan to visit.
Moreover, the place is managed by the Spencer County Visitors Bureau. They handle all the offerings here, including dining, attraction, and accommodation options.
If you plan to visit, make sure that you drop by the Lake Rudolph Campground & Resort, Santa Claus Christmas Store, and the Holiday World. Also, take your time to visit the Santa’s Candy Castle, where they demonstrate wood carving with roast chestnuts on an open fire.
Take note that if you really want to experience the Santa Claus town, you should avail one to three-day tours here. And of course, there’s no best time to visit than on December where the place sparkles with the Festival of Lights and other Christmas treats.
Don’t worry, the place isn’t just about Christmas. In fact, you can choose your theme, from historical, outdoor, Christmassy, and more. It’s also a fun place for family getaways. It may look like one of the weird places to visit in the US, but the Santa Claus town is a lot of fun.
8. Republic of Molossia, Dayton, NV
Have you ever heard of the micronation called the Republic of Molossia? If not, you should definitely consider going to Dayton, Nevada.
The so-called “micronation” was founded by its President Kevin Baugh and his wife-slash-first lady. The Republic of Molossia was created in 1977 and stretches in the 6.3 acres of land that they call as the Harmony Provence.
Take note that this self-proclaimed micronation is fully outside of the U.S. jurisdiction and even the UN doesn’t recognize its existence. It’s one of the weird places to visit in the US, but also quite intriguing.
What’s weird, and rather interesting, here is that Molossia has its own currency printed on poker chips. It’s valued over raw cookie dough which is one of the primary commodities inside their nation. Also, they have their own holidays like the Kickassia Invasion Victory Day celebrated every April 11th and the Moonpie Festival on September 15th.
When you visit, the Molossian President itself will give you a tour of the place for a pocket change. Don’t be surprised if he shows up in full uniform paired with sashes and medals.
If you’re planning your visit, you can email the President directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Prada Marfa, Valentine, TX
A Prada store in the middle of the West Texas desert? If this isn’t weird to you, then we don’t know what is.
Known as the Prada Marfa, this attraction in Valentine, Texas looks like a Prada store from the outside. But in reality, it’s never open for business. It’s an art installation courtesy of a Berlin-based artistic team called Elmgreen & Dragset.
This store is made of biodegradable substance, similar to adobe. Soon enough, it will melt slowly into the ground, serving as a commentary about materialism in the west. It’s one of the weird places to visit in the US with a very good story.
At first, they stocked the place with real Prada items, with Miuccia Prada herself handpicking the merchandise for the project. However, after looters and vandals damaged the place, the team repaired it and placed bags with no bottom and shoes that are all right-footed.
All year round, visitors flock the area, amazed and puzzled about the existence of the Prada store. You can visit anytime, but take note that this is located 1.4 miles outside of town.
10. Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, CA
This mansion was built by a gun fortune heiress Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the wife and widow of William Wirt Winchester. Sarah was the heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms.
Before the house was even built, tragedy befell the family. The child of the couple died due to an illness. A few years later, the patriarch died of tuberculosis.
Sarah decided to move out and she bought a farmhouse in San Jose, which is now the location of the Winchester Mansion. The reason for moving is that a psychic told Sarah that spirits of those killed by the Winchester rifle that her husband invented haunt their family.
Renovations for the farmhouse never seemed to stop since 1886 until Sarah’s own death in 1922. In fact, in 1906, an earthquake in the Bay Area toppled three floors of the house as it’s closed to completion. Sarah believed that this is a sign from the spirits.
From then on, paranormal encounters have been reported here, making it one of the weird places to visit in the US. True enough, in 2018, a film was released inspired by the stories of the Winchester Mystery House starring Helen Mirren.
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