Because the United States is such a large country, there are thousands of things to see and do. Most people stick to the major, world-famous sites, such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, or Disneyland. If you want a truly unique experience, however, consider visiting a more unusual place. When your friends and family hear about your trip, they will be jealous as well as inspired to follow your lead. Here are the top 10 unusual places to visit in the USA.
A visit to Glass Beach in Fort Bragg shows you just how creative Mother Nature can be. This beach is the result of decades (1906 to 1967) of people dumping garbage of all types into the ocean by throwing them over the cliffs. Eventually, this garbage started washing up on shore in the form of smooth pieces of glass. The beach is protected, so you can't take any of your finds with you, but feel free to take as many pictures as you want. If you're lucky, you may find a sapphire gem from an apothecary bottle or a ruby red from car taillights before 1967.
This Natural Rock Face is literally a face formed out of rocks that is naturally occurring in the Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area, Alaska. To see the face, you should approach it by boat and you will find it framed by the Sumdum Glacier in the background. This is another unusual place to visit in the United States that shows you what Mother Nature is capable of as the rock truly resembles a face and neck.
Address: Wrangell-Petersburg Census Area, Petersburgh, Alaska
The Marfa Lights first gained notice in the 19th century and they are still visible today. Everyone from locals to famous meteorologists have viewed these gorgeous lights southeast of Marfa along the horizon, and they seem to have no source at all. The area where the lights are is hard to traverse and uninhabited and the lights can be white, blue, or red. They will appear randomly at night all year round, regardless of weather. There is an official Marfa Lights Viewing Area 9 miles to the east of Marfa along Highway 90.
The building that is now Jules' Undersea Lodge started off as La Chalupa laboratory for research and that means that looking out the windows of the lodge shows you great natural wildlife. It is a natural nursery used by many reef fish, such as snappers, barracudas, parrotfish, and tropical angelfish. You can stay in the lodge for a few hours to a full day and the Lodge provides you with scuba gear and as many tanks as you want. There are also options for overnight stays or to enjoy lunch in the Lodge for a truly unusual experience.
The Enchanted Highway covers 32 miles of highway and is the largest collection of scrap metal sculptures in the world. To get to the Enchanted Highway, take Exit 72 from I-94 and be sure to stop by the gift shop in Regent, North Dakota for miniature versions of your favorite sculptures. Some of the highlights include "Fisherman's Dream," "Deer Crossing," "World's Largest Tin Family," and "Grasshoppers in the Field."
The Unclaimed Baggage Center began in 1970 when Doyle Owens began selling unclaimed baggage off card tables in front of his home and it quickly became a success. Today, the Unclaimed Baggage Centre in Alabama has strong relationships with transportation companies and airlines. The current center is over a city block and gets more than a million visitors annually, coming from across the USA and 40 other countries. The 40,000 square-foot shop is divided into departments and there is also an Etc. store with 4,000 more square feet. There is also a cafe on site and a store map to help you plan your visit.
This museum is run by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and is considered the top museum covering medical history in the country. Here you can find medical instruments, models, and anatomical specimens, all carefully displayed in a setting reminiscent of the 19th-century cabinet museums. Every year, 130,000 visitors come to the museum and there is also a Museum Education program for schools. Some of the most memorable items in this unusual place to visit include Einstein's brain, the tallest skeleton that is on display within North America, and President Grover Cleveland's jaw tumor.
A visit to Cincinnati will show you the largest of the country's abandoned subway tunnel. In reality, the construction of this tunnel simply stopped during the late 1920s when less than half of the line was done, leaving seven miles tunneled, graded, or bridged, but without tracks. Eventually the majority of the above ground portion was bulldozed to make room for highways, but the tunnels remain. Today, you can go on a tour of the abandoned tunnels.
The Fly Geyser or Fly Ranch Geyser is perhaps one of the coolest attractions in Nevada despite many people not even knowing about it. This geyser shoots water up around five feet into the air. Although the geyser itself isn't open for public access, you can get good views along State Route 34, which is about a ? of a mile away. The Fly Geyser began as a man-made well during the early 1900s and over time, geothermally heated piping hot water started to go up through the cracks, creating the geyser. Attempts to cap it failed, leading to the current attraction.
There are actually several Museums of Bad Art as the museum itself is divided into three galleries: the basement in the Somerville Theatre, the lobby at Brookline Access Television, and the Dedham Community Theatre location, which is undergoing renovation. This museum's collection shows talented artists who have created crude, but exuberant works of art as well as art that shows little control of the brush. Every piece in the museum is not good, but still somehow different than those by incompetent artists, giving visitors a unique experience.