After guiding you through your US visa process, countless travel magazines and guides will give you a list of the famous places to see and all the touristy things to do when you visit the United States of America, some will even urge you to go on an offbeat adventure to avoid the crowd of tourists and enjoy the country peacefully and quite a few may give you specially curated road maps for the famous road trips in the US that you must take at least once in your lifetime. But we urge you to plan a trip through some of the weird and unique places in the US, which you won’t find anywhere else in the world!
It’s hard to explain what we mean by the weird and unique places in the US, but once you read through this list you will realize that, visiting the US is not all about going to the Statue of Liberty, or Niagara Falls, or Las Vegas, or Golden Gate Bridge, or the Grand Canyon, or the White House, etc. it is so much more than that! It’s not perfect and picturesque always, sometimes it is weird and bizarre and extremely unique in its own way.
Let us now go through our list of weird and unique places in the US you must visit.
1. Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, California
Built by Sarah Winchester, to ward off the ghosts and the spirits of all the people killed by the firearms produced by her family, this house takes the cake for one of the most unusual places in the US. The house is spread over 24,000 sq. feet, has 160 rooms and was specifically designed to confuse the ghosts and the spirits that the owner believed haunted her. With stairs that lead to nowhere, hallways so narrow you might pop up a rib if you try to force yourself through them, windows opening in other rooms and random doors that lead you to straight into the walls, this house has been a hot spot for ghost hunters and paranormal lovers.
2. Carhenge – Alliance, Nebraska
It sounds like Stonehenge, looks like Stonehenge, but it is not Stonehenge. Where the original marvel of the world is made up of massive prehistoric slabs of stones, this roadside attraction of the US is made up of cars. Not just some random cars but vintage cars which were painted grey to resemble the original monument. Built in 1980’s by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father, this unique place in the US is easily accessible to the travelers travelling along the US Highway 87.
3. Largest Chest Of Drawers – High Point, North Carolina
A whooping 38 feet high chest of drawers, with giant socks hanging out is one of the major attractions of High Point, North Carolina – the self-proclaimed Furniture Capital of the World. Built in 1926, it is now an antique piece of furniture and a famous crowd puller in the city. If you happen to pass by these unique places in the US, don’t forget to stop by click fun pictures for your Insta fam.
4. Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard – Waterbury, Vermont
Who doesn’t love ice cream? And who doesn’t know Ben & Jerry’s ice cream? Coming up with new and exciting flavors and making the creamiest and tastiest ice cream of those flavors is their niche. But not all flavors are a hit amongst the crowd, some are a major miss. So, to give them a proper farewell, they created a graveyard of flavors where the ice cream flavors that couldn’t create a wave end up. The Ben n jerry’s factory in Waterbury has an attached graveyard paying homage to its not so successful flavors where currently 34 failed flavors are “buried”. If you are planning your US holiday package, you must visit this one of a kind flavor graveyard and add it to the list of unique places in the US that you have visited.
5. The Wave Organ – San Francisco, California
Just off the coast from the city of San Francisco is a musical instrument made specifically to be played by the ocean. Situated on a wharf and constructed using carefully arranged PVC pipes and concrete, this acoustic instrument plays music whenever the tide comes in. The fact that this wharf is a part of a demolished cemetery and away from the city in the ocean makes it quite hauntingly beautiful. Setting sun, eerie oceanic music and the city right in front of your eyes yet out of reach makes this one of the unique places in the US to visit.
6. Dole Plantation Pineapple Garden Maze – Oahu, Hawaii
If mazes or “bhool bhulaiyaa” interest you, then this is the place for you! 14,000 plants such as hibiscus and pineapples, etc. that are native to Hawaii are planted to make the world’s largest plant maze, not only the world’s largest plant maze but also a plant maze that is shaped like a huge pineapple. Fastest finishers of this almost 4km long maze get their names displayed at the front of this impressive maze; visitors can enjoy a fresh serving of the famous Dole Whip, made from the fresh pineapples after clearing the maze. If this doesn’t counts amongst the unique places in the US, then what will?
7. UFO Watchtower – Hooper, Colorado
The US has an obsession with aliens and UFO’s and life beyond the planet Earth, as it is evident from their shows, movies and let’s not forget their plan to storm the Area-51 to free the aliens trapped in there. It’s no surprise there are quite a few attractions set up for the extra-terrestrials, either to welcome them or to spot them and the UFO Watchtower of Judy Messoline is one of them. Not as much in the unique places in the US list but it sure is weird, initially was built as a part of a joke but later started attracting visitors which in turn became a money making machine for her. Providing with a 360 degree unobstructed view of the San Luis Valley, this 10 feet high observation deck also includes a gift shop along a viewing platform and a camping spot.
8. Market Theater Gum Wall – Seattle, Washington
The Market Theater Gum Wall in Seattle and the Bubblegum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California are amongst the famous gum walls in the US, but we are going to talk about the one in Seattle in our list of unique places in the US. This 15 by 65 feet wall is covered in gum from top to bottom. Visitors keep adding new gum and creating “artwork” with their chewed gum, which some may find gross and unhygienic. Various attempts to clean and remove the gum were made, but after facing protests from the locals and the visitors these attempts were discontinued.
9. Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas
Located along the famous deserted stretch off the Route 66, this roadside attraction requires a special mention in our list of unique places in the US to visit. 10 vintage Cadillac cars, half buried in the side of the road as if they took a nosedive from the sky, surely is an iconic sight to see. Covered in spray painted graffiti, these cars can be easily spotted on your road trip through the Route 66 and make for a great photo background.
10. Hole N” The Rock – Canyonlands Country, Utah.
Carved gradually over a span of 12 years, this unusual residence along the US Highway 191 is very hard to miss. This massive sandstone cliff that is open to public, was carved to make 14 rooms, a 65 feet tall chimney over a fireplace, a gift shop, a petting zoo having exotic animals like camel, zebras etc. all spread over a 5,000 sq. feet of area. What makes it one of the unique places in the US to visit is the fact that the official website of the Hole N” The Rock states “We are not your destination: We are an amazing stop along the way”, now who wouldn’t want to make a stop here?
These are just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many weird things to do and unique places to see that it won’t be possible to cover up in a single article. From going off the road in search of them to stumbling upon these oddities by chance no matter how you come across these unique places in the US, you will always remember marveling at them.
We hope this list gives rise to some curiosity in your mind and you include some of these unique places in the US, while panning your US trip.
If you are aware of any such odd, bizarre, weird and unknown places, do share with us, we may come up with a part 2 of unique places in the US based upon your recommendations.
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