Odd Tourist Attractions to Visit in All 50 States

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Maybe you feel like you've been there, done that, seen it all -- but these odd destinations will likely prove otherwise. Attractions in every state range from the zany to the scary and everything in between.

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MONUMENT TO THE HOG, ALABAMA

Better at art than the family feed mill business, Larry Godwin used steel sheets welded to solid round rods to make this 26-foot-long, 13-foot-high pig mounted on a trailer in 1967. Find it in Dothan outside a scrap metal yard at the Ross Clark Circle on U.S. Highway 431.
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AUNT CLAUDIA'S DOLL MUSEUM, ALASKA

Dolls of all sizes and kinds populate the free Aunt Claudia's Doll Museum in Juneau, the state capital, a few doors from the Hotel Alaska, the oldest operating hotel in the state.
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FLINTSTONES BEDROCK CITY, ARIZONA

Hop on the Fredmobile tram and ride through volcano Mount St. Wilma on the way to cartoons screening at the Bedrock Theatre. Admission to Flintstones Bedrock City in Williams is $5. (Fishasaurus sandwiches and Gravelberry Pie are extra at Fred's Diner.)

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MAXWELL BLADE'S ODDITORIUM AND CURIOSITIES MUSEUM, ARKANSAS

Maxwell Blade's Odditorium and Curiosities Museum ($7.50) is in a former Hot Springs mortuary with a drive-thru window. Inside are some 300 items such as taxidermied two-headed turtles and calves and a ship with rigging made of prisoners' hair.
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THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE, CALIFORNIA

After a bridge in the San Gabriel Mountains was completed, a flood wiped out the road leading to it. With the road never replaced, it's now the "The Bridge to Nowhere" -- only two hours from Los Angeles but accessible only by a five-mile hike (with a free permit).
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THE TRAIL OF THE WHISPERING GIANTS, COLORADO

Sculptor Peter Toth has one of these 20- to 40-foot giants in each state, but Colorado's stop on the Trail of the Whispering Giants in Loveland -- "Redman," carved in 1979 from a 100-year-old fallen cottonwood tree -- gets special attention because it's on the path to Rocky Mountain National Park.
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THE FROG BRIDGE, CONNECTICUT

The nearly 500-foot Thread City Crossing spanning the Willimantic River would be fairly unremarkable if not for its four 11-foot frog sculptures. The Frog Bridge of Willimantic commemorates a night in 1754 when everyone thought it was Judgment Day -- but the ominous noise was just drought-panicked frogs fighting to the death over pond water.
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JOHNSON VICTROLA MUSEUM, DELAWARE

Maybe it's no Nashville, but Dover is where recorded music came to be: Eldridge Reeves Johnson created the Victrola here. The free Johnson Victrola Museum has some spectacular ones, along with an exhibit devoted to Nipper, the RCA mascot, and a recreated record shop circa 1910.
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DANVILLE B&B, FLORIDA

The Danville B&B in Geneva is a whole tiny town, including a pub and theater, self-contained in an airplane hangar. It's a popular wedding rental and also a single-occupancy bed and breakfast rented only through Airbnb. The typical nightly rate is less than $100.
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EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT, GEORGIA

For those who think Bigfoot is, indeed, out there somewhere, a trip to the Sasquatch museum in Cherry Log ($8) is surprisingly affirming, with food allegedly seen being eaten by Bigfoot, his butt-print on a bed, up-to-date sighting maps, and more.
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PALA'AU STATE PARK, HAWAII

Hawaii's Pala'au State Park in Molokai features Phallic Rock (its Hawaiian name, Kaule o Nanahoa, means "the penis of Nanahoa"). It has stood erect for generations overlooking Kalaupapa, a former leper colony.
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THE MUSEUM OF CLEAN, IDAHO

The Museum of Clean in Pocatello ($6 for adults, $5 for kids) celebrates cleanliness and whatever makes it happen. There are almost 1,000 vacuums (from the years 1869 to 1969), a "Texas-sized trash can," a look at toilets through the ages, and more.
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INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF SURGICAL SCIENCE, ILLINOIS

Chicago's International Museum of Surgical Science, in a historic, four-floor lakeside mansion, has more than 7,000 medical artifacts, including an Austrian amputation saw with reversible blade from 1500 and X-rays taken by radiology pioneer Emil Grubbe from 1910, as well as paintings and sculptures depicting healing practices. Admission is $15 for adults, $7 for kids.
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JOHN DILLINGER MUSEUM, INDIANA

Learn more about an original "bad boy" at the John Dillinger Museum in the Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point, going back in time to when the notorious gangster and other Depression-era thugs were hunted by the newly formed FBI.
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CABBAGE PATCH FANTASY LAND, IOWA

After 30-plus years of collecting Cabbage Patch dolls and memorabilia, Donna Brown needed 2,500 square feet to show them off. There are more dolls in Cabbage Patch Fantasy Land than citizens in Griswold, where the museum is located -- and still more not on display. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
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DOROTHY'S HOUSE & LAND OF OZ, KANSAS

Dorothy's House & Land of Oz in Liberal ($7 for adults, $4.50 for kids) is in a preserved 1907 farmhouse like Dorothy's. It includes plenty of homemade charm and at least one item from the 1939 movie. The tour starts in a Tornado Simulation Room.

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CASTLE POST, KENTUCKY

The Castle Post is a medieval-style inn on scenic grounds (in Versailles, of course) built in 1969 and used as a bed and breakfast with 10 luxury rooms and suites, a library, game room, music room, grand dining hall, ballroom, swimming pool, and more, starting at $195 a night.
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HANGING JAIL, LOUISIANA

DeRidder's historic buildings include a 1914 Gothic Revival "Hanging Jail" -- so-called after two condemned men were hanged there in 1928, leading to stories that the jail's old cells, spiral staircase (and hanging site), and tunnel are haunted. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children.
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INTERNATIONAL CRYPTOZOOLOGY MUSEUM, MAINE

Portland's International Cryptozoology Museum ($10 for adults, $5 for kids) is allegedly the only one of its kind -- appropriate for the study of unknown or mysterious animals, including monsters such as Bigfoot, Nessie, the Montauk Monster, and the Jersey Devil, which are well represented in displays.
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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF DENTISTRY, MARYLAND

Cringe at terrifying instruments once used as dental tools and check out a tooth jukebox playing old Pepsodent and Ultra Brite TV commercials, one of George Washington's teeth and his dentures, and more at Baltimore's National Museum of Dentistry ($7 for adults, $5 for kids).
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COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS, MASSACHUSETTS

The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture in Cambridge includes a compass that belonged to Galileo, early telescopes, clocks and nautical equipment, and even the first computers. The museum, with 20,000 objects dating back to about 1400, is free.
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MYSTERY SPOT, MICHIGAN

Said to have been discovered in the 1950s by surveyors who became lightheaded and couldn't get equipment to operate there, the Mystery Spot in St. Ignace seems to mess with gravity, make tall people seem smaller, and cause plenty of other confusing phenomena. A maze and other attractions have been added nearby.
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HOUSE OF BALLS, MINNESOTA

Minneapolis artist Allen Christian has used bowling balls (and other stuff) as art at his House of Balls for more than a quarter-century, and might let people in to see it at any hour. Even if you can't get in, there's interactive art accessible 24 hours a day. Donations are appreciated.
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JOHNNIE'S DRIVE-IN, MISSISSIPPI

Eat like a king -- the King -- at Johnnie's Drive-In, the restaurant in Tupelo where Elvis Presley spent much of his time after school. Get lucky and you'll be seated in his booth (just look for the picture). The country-fried-steak plate is just $6.25.
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WORLD'S LARGEST FORK, MISSOURI

Here's one fork that will never get lost. A full 35 feet tall and weighing 11 tons, the world's largest fork is in Springfield, leaning toward a three-story ad agency building after being rescued from a failed restaurant, according to Roadside America.
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LARGEST VIRGIN MARY STATUE, MONTANA

Our Lady of the Rockies, the largest Virgin Mary statue in North America, is 90 feet tall, weighs 80 tons, and sits on a 425-ton base along the Continental Divide some 3,000 feet above Butte. Bus tours from the Butte Plaza Mall are $16 for adults and $8 to $12 for kids.
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WORLD'S LARGEST BALL OF STAMPS, NEBRASKA

Stamp collectors still have a place to call their own at the Boys Town Visitor Center, home to the world's largest ball of stamps (free). The 4.6 million canceled stamps are 32 inches in diameter and weigh 600 pounds -- the same since 1955, when the ball appeared in "Ripley's Believe It or Not."
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MOB MUSEUM, NEVADA

The National Museum of Organized Crime and Enforcement, better known as the Mob Museum, has three stories of exhibits, from Dick Tracy comics merchandise to a look-alike of an electric chair from Sing Sing. Buy tickets online for $21 for adults ($3 off) and $14 for kids. Not planning to be in Vegas? Try an online nickname generator anytime.
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AMERICAN CLASSIC ARCADE MUSEUM, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Long before Pokemon Go there were Pac-Man, Frogger, and Donkey Kong. The American Classic Arcade Museum in Laconia has more than 300 classic arcade games to play across 10,000 square feet. It's located in the even vaster Funspot Family Fun Center, which is free to enter.
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NORTHLANDZ MINIATURE RAILWAY, NEW JERSEY

The world's largest miniature railway, Northlandz ($14 for adults, $10 for kids) has eight miles of tracks, 400 bridges and trestles (up to 40 feet), and a half-million lichen trees. Its massive substructure uses enough lumber to build about 40 houses.
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THE HARRELL HOUSE BUG MUSEUM, NEW MEXICO

Arachnophobes, steer clear of the Harrell House Bug Museum in Santa Fe ($6 for adults, $4 for kids). It's home to 2,400 mounted insects, more living ones (touch if you dare), and more than 150 other kinds of live animals.
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COLEMAN'S AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB, NEW YORK

Syracuse's Tipperary Hill feels like a visit to Ireland -- even a local traffic light puts green on top -- but Coleman's Authentic Irish Pub is the real corker. Leprechauns have their own booth, separate entrance, and taxi stand. (And don't miss the tiny park.) Inside are two clocks, one giving the time in Syracuse, the other in Dublin.
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HILLS OF SNOW, NORTH CAROLINA

Hills of Snow in Smithfield is serious about snow cones, which cost $1 to $6 depending on size. The place has 101 flavors to mix and match and a secret family recipe for perfect snow-like ice. The stand is hard to miss: It's shaped like a giant snow cone.
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ENCHANTED HIGHWAY, NORTH DAKOTA

The 32-mile Enchanted Highway in western North Dakota offers travelers eight larger-than-life roadside sculptures. Located every few miles on a two-lane highway between Gladstone and Regent, Gary Greff's sculptures include giant grasshoppers, "The World's Largest Tin Family," and "Geese in Flight," named the world's largest metal sculpture by Guinness in 2000.
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AMERICAN SIGN MUSEUM, OHIO

Cincinnati's American Sign Museum ($15 for adults, free for kids 12 and under) showcases late-1800s pre-electric signs and iconic American symbols such as the McDonald's arches. It takes 19,000-plus square feet of space and 28-foot ceilings to accommodate the large exhibits.
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AMERICAN PIGEON MUSEUM & LIBRARY, OKLAHOMA

Whatever you think of pigeons, at the American Pigeon Museum & Library in Oklahoma City (free), they're "man's oldest feathered friend." Along with the books, artifacts, and memorabilia are exhibits on homing pigeons and their use in wartime. There are live pigeons, too.
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SHANGHAI TUNNELS, OREGON

Bar and hotel basements are linked by a Portland Underground network called the Shanghai Tunnels, supposedly because that's how people were taken to the docks and forced to work on seafaring ships. Regardless, they're very cool, and tours are $13 for adults, $8 for kids.
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MÜTTER MUSEUM, PENNSYLVANIA

The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia ($18 for adults, $13 for kids) is a storehouse of 20,000 medical "wonders" -- abnormal body parts preserved in fluid or oak frames, an 1889 electrometer donated by Marie Curie, even the death cast of "Siamese Twins" Chang and Eng, whose autopsies were performed there.
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VIKING TOWER, RHODE ISLAND

Folks in Newport have asked for ages who built the mysterious, 28-foot fieldstone tower in town. Some suspect it was the base of a former colonial windmill, or maybe put up by vikings, or Knights Templar from medieval Scotland. It's free to visit and puzzle over.
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BUSTED PLUG PLAZA, SOUTH CAROLINA

Four stories high and weighing a tornado-proof 675,000 pounds, "Busted Plug Plaza" is billed as the world's largest fire hydrant. It's actually a sculpture, and formerly a fountain, in a parking lot in Columbia. Visitors can take snapshots with the same artist's trippy "Tunnelvision" mural in the background.
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GIANT PRAIRIE DOG, SOUTH DAKOTA

It doesn't cost anything to see the 6-ton prairie dog at the Ranch Store in Philip, which has been sniffing the horizon for more than five decades with no signs of tiring. There's a colony of real prairie dogs to the north of the store to feed peanuts.
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THE LOST SEA, TENNESSEE

The Lost Sea in Sweetwater is America's largest underground body of water. The extent of this freshwater lake is unknown, but its upper chamber covers nearly 5 acres at depths of 70 feet. Admission, including a glass-bottom-boat tour, is $20 for adults, $11 for kids.
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BEER CAN HOUSE, TEXAS

In 1968, John Mikovisch began some home improvements to his place in Houston, much of it aluminum siding -- made of beer cans, which is why it's called the Beer Can House ($5 for adults, free for kids under 12). Ripley's estimates more than 50,000 cans were added over 18 years.
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HOLE N' THE ROCK, UTAH

The Hole N' the Rock in Moab ($6 for adults, $3.50 for kids) is more than a hole; it's a 5,000-square foot home with 14 rooms, excavated out of sandstone over 12 years starting in the 1940s. The owners have added a petting zoo and other attractions.
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BREAD AND PUPPET MUSEUM, VERMONT

Some of the puppets in the Bread and Puppet Museum in Glover -- a crammed storage barn for the Bread and Puppet Theater troupe -- are downright creepy. The sign on the door says "Enter at Your Own Risk," and puppeteers ask off-season visitors to "turn out the lights when you are through." Donations are welcome.
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NATURAL BRIDGE, VIRGINIA

Recently made a state park ($8 for adults, $6 for kids), this 215-foot tall limestone Natural Bridge (backdrop for a nightly Biblical light show since the 1920s) is among six miles of hiking trails and the 30-foot Lace Falls. It was once surveyed by George Washington and owned by Thomas Jefferson.
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TOWN OF METAL PEOPLE, WASHINGTON

About 200 metal people and animals reside in downtown Raymond and along State Route 6 and Highway 101. They were put up by artists starting in 1993, bulking up a town with only about 3,000 real people.
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MOTHMAN MUSEUM, WEST VIRGINIA

The Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant ($3 for adults, $1 for kids) is dedicated to the legend of the mysterious winged creature first spotted in the 1960s. It tracks the mythos from original handwritten accounts to Hollywood's versions.
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FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME, WISCONSIN

Hayward has a giant muskie 4.5 stories tall and as long as a Boeing 757. Of course, it's not a real fish, but rather the fiberglass shell of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. ($8 for adults, $6 for kids). Visitors enter through the tail to see exhibits (including a real 69-pound muskie caught in 1949) and stop at an observation platform in the building's "jaw."
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DEVILS TOWER, WYOMING

This was the first site named a National Monument -- by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 -- and is instantly recognizable from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." How it got its mysterious shape isn't fully understood, which has led some to supernatural explanations. But others just come to climb it.