11 Tourist Attractions For Quirky Explorers
1. The Super Museum in Metropolis, Illinois
Since Superman’s hometown is Metropolis, it’s no surprise that the world’s best shrine to the Man of Steel is located in Metropolis, Illinois. Just across the street from this fabulous statue is the Super Museum, which houses the more than 20,000 hero-related items that Jim Hambrick has collected over the years.
2. The Fremont Troll in Seattle, Washington
The Fremont Troll hides under the George Washington Memorial Bridge (probably because he’s hiding from the cops that are after him because he stole that Volkswagen Beetle). Do him a favor and visit him until the statute of limitations for theft expires? Hiding from the fuzz can get pretty lonely.
3. The Pumpkin People in Kentville, Nova Scotia
Every year, Kentville hosts the Pumpkin People Festival, where residents are encouraged to create pumpkin creatures and display them all around the town. There’s always a theme (just to make sure things don’t get too willy-nilly), and prizes are given out for the Most Artistic, Most Original, and Most Humorous displays.
4. Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, Virginia
Obviously you know Stonehenge — but you probably didn’t know about its foam-based replica in Virginia! Made entirely of Styrofoam, Mark Cline birthed Foamhenge on April Fools’ Day in 2004 and claims it is the only exact replica of the original.
5. Fields of the Wood Bible Park in Murphy, North Carolina
Unsure about what the Ten Commandments actually are? Make a quick stop at the Bible Park and climb the Ten Commandments Mountain for a quick refresher in God’s Law.
6. The World’s Largest Pistachio Nut in Alamogordo, New Mexico
If you’re a pistachio lover, then you’ll go nuts for this monument. It’s actually such an incredible sight that a nearby priest has blessed it.
7. Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa
Snake Alley may look innocent enough, but don’t be fooled: It’s got five half-curves and two quarter-curves all compressed into a distance of just 275 feet. Eat your heart out, Lombard Street in San Francisco.
8. The Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota
The idea for a Corn Palace dates back to 1892, and the goal of such a place was to demonstrate to the world that South Dakota was an agricultural hotspot. Today you’ll find that this building symbolizes how corn is way more than just for eating, and is a unique material that can be used to create art.
9. The Lebowski Bar in Reykjavik, Iceland
If White Russians are your jam, take a peek inside Iceland’s bar that honors the American classic, The Big Lebowski. You might not find Jeff Bridges, but you’ll certainly find a taste of home (well, either that or a really sweet 2-4-1 deal).
10. The Beer Can House in Houston, Texas
In 1968, John Milkovisch simply “got sick of mowing the grass” in front of his house, so he decided the best thing to do was begin covering his property with aluminum from beer cans — and today, we have a house that consists of 50,000 cans.
11. The World’s Biggest Dinosaurs Museum in Cabazon, California
The dinosaur garden at the World’s Biggest Dinosaurs Museum in California is where you can make your dream of walking with dinosaurs a reality. There’s even one dinosaur in particular — a three-story tall T-Rex — that can be climbed to the top of its head. You can even take pictures of the surrounding area by peering through his teeth!
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