31 Of America’s Weirdest Tourist Destinations To Visit On Your Next Vacation

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There is nothing like taking a vacation with your family, especially if that vacation is a long and awesome road trip across America.

Sure you should stop and check out some of the big monuments and attractions America has to offer, like the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and Niagara Falls – but it’s the super cool, tiny attractions that offer some of the best and most memorable experiences!

Below you will find 31 of those tiny, roadside attractions that are a must-stop at!

1. Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard – Burlington, Vermont

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Sourcec: RyanReporting – YouTube

This is where all the past awesome Ben and Jerry’s flavors go to die, one pint at a time! 


2. World’s Largest Horseshoe Crab – Blanchester, Ohio

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Source: Times Gazette

Behold – The 55-foot long sea creature!

It’s meant to represent creationism, since the horseshoe crab has supposedly never evolved.


3. Center of America – Lebanon, Kansas

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Source: KansasTravel.org

This small town only has 248 residents and it lies at the exact center of America. There isn’t much else there…but it’s still pretty cool to say that you have visited the center of America!


4. Bubblegum Alley – San Luis Obispo, California

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Source: One Cool Thing Every Week – YouTube

This alley is 70-feet long, 15-feet high, and completely covered in chewed gum. Why not chew up a piece of your own and add it to the historic wall!


5. Hat ‘n Boots – Seattle, Washington

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Source: Joel Rogers Photography

This is the world’s largest hat and the world’s largest pair of boots! This attraction is definitely a ‘two-pher’! 


6. Salvation Mountain – Niland, California

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Source: The Riveter Magazine

They call it ‘The city with no laws‘. 

Born-again Christian Leonard Knight spent over three decades writing hopeful and religious messages on this hill with latex paint.

Sadly he passed away in 2014, but his landmark is still drawing in tourists.


7. Uniroyal Giant Tire – Allen Park, Michigan

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Source: MichiganRadio.org

This massive piece of awesomeness started out as a ferris wheel at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. Now…it’s just a big a** tire! 


8. World’s Largest Ball of Twine – Cawker, Kansas

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Source: Mapio

There are at least four massive twine balls competing for the record, but Cawkor’s attraction is the biggest at nearly 20,000 pounds.

Started way back in 1953, the townspeople add to the twine twice a year, so it’s still growing.


9. The Peachoid – Gaffney, North Carolina

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Source: Mapio

This massive peach was once featured on the Netflix series ‘House of Cards’. It also looks like a giant butt! 


10. Dog’s Bark Inn – Cottonwood, Indiana

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The sign reads “A noble and absurd undertaking.” Source: Alan Levine – Wikimedia

This is a hotel shaped like a 27-foot tall Beagle. There is also a smaller beagle beside it. If you are a dog lover, this roadside attraction is for you!


11. International Banana Museum – Mecca, California

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Source: Christie’s California Adventure

This wacky museum is actually featured in the Guinness World Record‘s book for the largest museum devoted to one single fruit! 


12. Fountain of Youth – Lewes, Delaware

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Source: Cat Morley

The well was built by the Dutch in 1631 and it is very real, but sadly, it’s dry. Surprisingly, that hasn’t stopped tourists from visiting.


13. Clown Motel – Tonopah, Nevada

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Source: Danny S. – Yelp

This uber-creepy clown-themed hotel features hundreds upon hundreds of pieces of clown memorabilia and a historic graveyard.


14. Corn Palace – Mitchell, South Dakota

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Source: Keloland

This place is a salute to agriculture and it’s pretty freaking cool! The entire place is free to check out, so that makes this corn palace even cooler!


15. Leila’s Hair Museum – Cabazon, California

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Source: Lawrence Journal-World

The museum has thousands of pieces made from human hair, including sculptures, wreaths and jewelry. Some of the jewelry is super old and very, very cool to see! 

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