9 Weirdest Tourist Attractions in the United States


Road trips are fun for all types of travelers, whether you like to travel alone or with a large group. Plus, road trips offer a benefit air travel can’t: a chance to explore off the beaten path at your leisure. An off the beaten track leads to discoveries. That’s why road trips in the United States reward travelers with an array of attractions considered quirky, weird, and just plain unique – looking for attractions other than the most Instagrammed tourist spots in the United States? So fire up the engine: these are the ten weirdest tourist attractions to visit in the United States!

9 The Paper House (Rockport, Massachusetts)

  • Address:
    52 Pigeon Hill Street, Rockport, MA 01966

This house has very thin walls…literally. Built in 1922 by mechanical engineer Elis F. Stenman, Elis designed a summer house made entirely of newspaper (pasted with apple peels, flour, and water). About 215 layers of paper make up the walls of this house! Have you ever seen a paper chair? Otherwise, this is the opportunity to see it by visiting The Paper House. Additionally, this house has a fantastic collection of paper furniture, including a paper clock.

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8 Monkey Island (Homosassa, Florida)

  • Address:
    10985 W. Xanadu Path, Homosassa, FL

Snowbirds looking to escape the snow love heading to Florida, where it’s sunny (almost) year-round. Besides soaking up the sun and hitting the famous beaches, Florida, especially Homosassa, is known for Monkey Island. Home to a family of spider-monkeys, visitors can see these monkeys on a boat tour (or even on a romantic dinner cruise). All day long, these exuberant monkeys swing around the palm trees while taking refuge in their lighthouse-themed home.

seven Enchanted Highway (North Dakota)

What’s amazing about road trips is that travelers can experience incredible sights at their leisure. For example, the Enchanted Highway in North Dakota looks like a road trip dream. Stretching for 32 miles, this highway is known to house an array of metal sculptures. Get up close with carvings resembling animals and humans. Be sure to take lots of pictures too!

6 Dog Bark Park Inn (Cottonwood, Idaho)

  • Address:
    2421 Business Loop 95, Cottonwood, ID 83522

Come to Cottonwood to see the The biggest beagle in the world…and stay a few nights or two in her womb! Dog Bark Park Inn is a unique hotel just off Interstate 95 in Idaho. This unusual but cozy hotel is perfect for dog lovers. On the outside, the hotel is shaped like a colossal dog, while its interior is 100% canine. Participate in dog-shaped cookies and sleep in a comfy bed among an array of dog-themed decorations and artwork.

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5 Natural rock face (Petersburg, Alaska)

  • Address:
    Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area, Petersburgh, Alaska

People always say that “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. As for Petersburg’s Natural Rock Face, many viewers can agree: it looks like the side profile of a human face (hence the name). Admittedly, the details of this landmark are less intricate than those of Mount Rushmore, but they still look incredibly human-like for a natural phenomenon. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains when visiting Natural Rock Face.

4 UFO Watchtower (Colorado)

  • Address:
    CO-17, Center, CO 81125

Alien life is out there (and would frequent the world’s best UFO hotspots), and Judy Messoline, the creator of the UFO watchtower, knows it well. At this unique tourist attraction, Judy has built an observation tower and campgrounds (open year-round) dedicated to extraterrestrial life. There is also a gift shop and “energy vortexes” where visitors can leave gifts. Additionally, those who believe in the supernatural might be interested to know this: the area has a history of paranormal activity!

3 Carhenge (Alliance, Nebraska)

  • Address:
    2151 Co Rd 59, Alliance, NE 69301

When the single Stonehenge isn’t enough (even after travelers have visited other equally impressive stone circles), Carhenge may be suitable for some travelers (especially those who love vintage cars). Off-Highway 87 at Alliance is Carhenge, a stunning display of gray painted vintage cars, curated to look like the famous Stonehenge. There’s also a gift shop in the area for car-related memorabilia (although it’s only open seasonally). Travelers may wonder why creator Jim Reinders created this car-themed structure. His answer : Why not?’

2 The Museum of Everyday Life (Glover, Vermont)

  • Address:
    3482 Dry Pond Road, Glover, Vermont 05839

Everyday life isn’t always dazzling, but the routine and the mundane help people get through the day. The Everyday Glover Museum captures these underappreciated everyday objects and routines, from brushing your teeth to combing your hair. Normalcy is celebrated at the Museum of Everyday Life, with its exhibits housed in an unassuming barn. This museum may be jam-packed with “everyday” stuff, but it’s well worth a visit on a Vermont road trip!

1 The International Banana Museum (Mecca, California)

  • Address:
    98775 CA-111, Mecca, CA 92254

Bananas are consumed so much that people forget they exist. However, the International Banana Museum in California thinks otherwise. This museum presents over 25,000 items dedicated to well-known tropical fruits, the largest collection of bananas in the world. Be dazzled by the range of banana-themed items with hues of yellow and green. Also, don’t forget to stop by the souvenir shop to take home some banana-related souvenirs!


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