Weird Tourist Attractions in the United States

By: Jessica Smith

  • Alabama: In Anniston, Alabama you can see a 31 foot tall office chair that was built in 1981 by Miller's Office Furniture in a vacant lot next to its store.

  • Alaska: In Cantwell, Alaska you can observe Igloo City, an igloo-shaped building that is 4-stories tall. It was built during the 70s and was supposed to open as a hotel, but could never meet building codes.
  • Arizona: In Phoenix, Arizona you can visit the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum that is known for it "rock food" display, where stones and crystals are arranged to look like tasty meals!
  • Arkansas: Visit Snake World in Berryville, Arkansas to view over 70 snakes that Dale Ertel has collected in an old trailer on his property off of Highway 62.
  • California: In Folsom, California, visit the "made-famous by Johnny Cash" Folsom Prison Museum, which is staffed by retired guards who tell Folsom's story.
  • Colorado: For only $2 per person or $5 per car, visit cattle rancher, Judy Messoline's, UFO watchtower in Hooper, Colorado. There's even a gift shop and campground that's open year round!
  • Connecticut: In Middletown, Connecticut, you can find a farm silo that has been turned into the world's largest jack-in-the-box at Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center.
  • Delaware:Look no further for the Fountain of Youth! It is located in Lewes, Delaware on Pilottown Road! A tiny gazebo marks the Fountain of Youth that was built by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce in 1937.
  • Florida: You are free to wander the ground of Whimzeyland (also known as The Bowling Ball House) in Safety Harbor, Florida to view a riot of paint, tile, and yard sculptures. Hand-decorated/painted bowling balls are a huge part of the landscaping, as they line flower beds, perch on pedestals, and are arranged in piles.
  • Georgia: See the world's largest peanut in Ashburn, Georgia!
  • Hawaii: In 1946, a public clock that was a centerpiece of Waiakea Town, a predominantly Japanese community built on the low peninsula poking out into Hilo Bay survived a killer tsunami. When another tsunmai struck 14 years later in 1960, the clock did not withstand. You can now observe the Tsunami Clock of Doom in Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii where it is now a memorial where much devostation took place.
  • Idaho: Only at the Spud Drive-In Theatre in Driggs, Idaho can you take a photo with the Spud Drive-In Giant Potato!
  • Illinois: Feast your eyes on a two-story outhouse in Gays, Illinois that was built in 1872! This outhouse was acutally in service for years!
  • Indiana: Call for an appointment to see the world's largest ball of paint in Alexandria, Indiana where painter Mike Carmichael continues to add multi-colored layers. It started as a baseball and after 27 1/2 years has over 18, 000 coats of paint! It hangs by a chain in a little shed surrounded by 5-gallon paint buckets.
  • Iowa: In Villisca, Iowa, not only can you visit the Villisca Ax Murder House, but you can spend the night there too! In this very house, back in 1912, an ax murderer killed an entire family of 8 with an ax and was never identified.
  • Kansas: Visit the world's largest ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas. The late Frank Stoeber's ball of twine that began in 1953 continues to grow under the supervision of Cawker City residents.
  • Kentucky: Visit and staty at the Wildwood Inn Tropical Dome & Theme Suites in Florence, Kentucky and sleep like a hillbilly, an African villager, or the Abdominable Snowman!
  • Louisiana: While in New Orleans, stop by the VooDoo Museum for only $5 a person to get voodoo tips, charms, and souvenirs and see 2 rooms of voodoo artifacts.
  • Maine: Don't miss out on witnessing the world's foremost chainsaw sculptor, Ray Murphy, give live performances in his quarter-million dollar warehouse-sized building with custom-built sound-proof booth. His show is known as the "Chainsaw Sawyer Artist Live Show" and can be found in Hancock, Maine.
  • Maryland: For all you comic book collectors out there, don't miss out on visiting Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland! Geppi's was opened up by Stephen A. Geppi, a postman with an 8th grade education. He became a multi-millionaire comic book distributor and used his money to open up this museum.
  • Massachusetts: Check out the Museum of Bad Art in Dedham, Massachusetts located in the basement of a theatre, right outside of the men's restroom on 580 High Street.
  • Michigan: CALLING ALL REDNECKS! Don't visit Michigan without stopping by Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in Ishpeming, Michigan. Da Yoopers is the home of "Big Gus," the world's largest working chainsaw, as well as "Big Ernie," the world's largest working rifle.
  • Minnesota: In Rothsay, Minnesota, you can see the world's largest booming prairie chicken standing at 13 feet tall and weighing in at 9,000 pounds! This is the strangest giant bird statue you'll ever see!
  • Mississippi: Check out Mammy's Cupboard in Natchez, Mississippi - a very unique restaurant built inside a 28-foot tall black woman's skirt!
  • Missouri: In Independence, Missouri, you can visit Leila's Hair Museum to find a collection of hair wreaths and human hair art. It is housed at the Victorian Hairwork Society and first opened in 1989.
  • Montana: Steer Montana, the world's largest steer weighing in at 3,980 pounds and standing nearly 6 feet tall, died in 1938. Today, you can see the bones of Steer Montana in a large glass box in the main room of O'Fallon Historical Museum in Baker, Montana along with several other odd items, as well.
  • Nebraska: Check out the world's largest time capsule in Seward, Nebraska. Weighing in at 45 tons and holding 5,000 random objects, this vault was buried by Harold Keith Davisson in 1975 in the front lawn of his home furnishings and appliance store. It is scheduled to be opened on July 4, 2025.
  • Nevada: The world's only sporting goods store with an indoor ferris wheel, fudge shop, and animatronic President dummies can be found in Sparks, Nevada at Scheels-Sportsman Attraction.
  • New Hampshire: In Hooksett, New Hampshire, you can find all things Muhammad Ali, including a the acutal x-ray of Muhammad's broken jaw - signed by Ali and his opponent who broke his jaw, Ken Norton - at Stephen Singer's used card dealership.
  • New Jersey: Visit Greg's Auto Repair in Florence, New Jersey to see the toilet from Adolf Hitler's personal yacht...still working! Sam Carlani purchased the toilet in 1952 for his auto repair shop bathroom and it's been there every since! Greg Kohfeldt, the garage's current owner, welcomes visitors when his isn't busy.
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  • New Mexico: Free of admission, check out Teako's Giants of Hatch in Hatch, New Mexico! Teako Nunn, owner of a BBQ restaurant and RV business, has a huge showcase of fiberglass statues of all shapes and sizes for you to see!
  • New York: See the world's smallest church in Oneida, New York! This tiny church holds two worshippers and a pastor. Cross Island Chapel sits on wood pilings and on a low platform in the center of a pond on the northern edge of town. It was built in 1989 and is 51"x81".
  • North Carolina: Visit the world's largest Ten Commandments in Murphy, North Carolina. The Church of God Prophecy created this 300-foot wide tableaux on a mountainside in 1945. The letters are 5 feet tall and are visible from orbit.
  • North Dakota: See the world's largest holstein cow, Salem Sue, in New Salem, North Dakota! She is 38 feet high, 50 feet long, and 6 tons heavy! She was built in 1974 for $40,000, which was put up by the New Salem Lions Club.
  • Ohio: The Spitler House in Brookville, Ohio is an architectural landmark and home of "Andy D-Day," a once famous freak bull, and another legendary freak, the two-headed calf. Andy D-Day was said to have 4 horn, 4 eyes, and 2 functioning noses.
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  • Oklahoma: Visit the 'Cow Chip Throwing Capital of the World' also known as Beaver, Oklahoma. If you visit this town in April, you'll have the opportunity to be a part of the World Championship Cow Chip Throw! But what are cow chips, you ask? They are the dried remains of cow dung. :)
  • Oregon: You won't believe your eyes when you see this! For over a dozen years in Hillsboro, Oregon, Bruce Campbell, has been slowly transforming a jet airliner, dragged to a wooded hilltip, into a home for himself. He welcomes visitors and wants you to see his home!

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  • Pennsylvania: Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylavania, the Insectarium is home to a model kitchen of thousands of deliberately-placed, live cockroaches. Three stories tall, it is the largest insect museum in the nation! You can even pet a hissing cockroach if you'd like!
  • Rhode Island: Florence Nightingale's nurse cap has been on display since 1965 in the Westerly Hospital lobby in Westerly, Rhode Island. Who wouldn't want to check this out?
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  • South Carolina: In Columbia, South Carolina, you can meet Eddie, the world's largest kid, at EdVenture. Eddie is the centerpiece of EdVenture and 40-feet tall (sitting down). Kids are able to go inside Eddie's hollow body, climb into his brain, crawl through his heart, and bounce in his stomach.
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  • South Dakota: At Cosmos Mystery Area in Rapid City, South Dakota, you can take a guided, walking tour of two identical shacks distorted by the forces of gravity and crowd flow. It's closed during the winter, so call ahead to verify availability.
  • Tennessee: Visit the Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers in Gatlinburg, Tennessee to see over 20,000 pairs of salt and pepper shakers that Andrea Ludden and her family have collected.
  • Texas: Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas was built by a group of art-hippies from San Francisco in 1974. Ten Cadillacs were driven into a field off of Route 66 West and half-buried, nose-down into the dirt. Tourists are encouraged to walk out and view the cars, as well as spray paint them. Bring a can of spray paint and camera because your art won't last for too long!
  • Utah: Metaphor, the Tree of Utah, was created in the early 1980s by Karl Momen in Wendover, Utah. It is an 87-foot tall sculpture poking up from the white plains of the Bonneville Salt Flats.
  • Vermont: Travel to Pittsford, Vermont and visit the New England Maple Syrup Museum to see the most complete collection of syrup artifacts in existence.
  • Virginia: In Natural Bridge, Virginia, Mark Cline (a fiberglass sculptor) has built the world's prettiest and most accurate Stonehenge replica out of styrofoam.
  • Washington: The Giant Shoe Museum in Seattle, Washington is the world's largest collection of giant shoes and is presented in coin-op slideshow style at the Pike Place Market. For only a dollar in quarters, you can see every shoe in the museum!
  • West Virigina: In White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, you can visit "The Coal House." It is made of 30 tons of coal and was built in 1959 by Tip Myles.
  • Wisconsin: Just for fun, check out the world's largest six pack of beer in La Crosse, Wisconsin! It's actually large storage tanks, painted to look like beer cans, but it would provide a person with a 6-pack a day for 3,351 years!
  • Wyoming: Visit "Home of the Jackalope" in Douglas, Wyoming where the jackalope was first stitched together by a local taxidermist, Douglas Herrick, in 1939. You can find the world's largest jackalope in downtown Douglas, standing at 8 feet tall!

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