Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Top 10 Wacky Attractions in America

TripAdvisor, one of the best travel websites in my opinion, has announced the ten wackiest tourist spots in the United States, according to its travelers and editors.

1. Toilet Seat Museum, Alamo Heights, Texas

Barney Smith's unusual museum holds the top spot for the most wackiest tourist attraction.  His collection of over 700 decorated toilet seat lids is displayed in his oversized garage and attracts over 1000 visitors a year.  But don't ask to go to the bathroom, there isn't one available. 

2. Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska
England has Stonehenge, we have Carhenge.  Basically it's a collection of old cars that have been painted grey to look like stone and arranged like the massive structures in Stonehenge. 

3. Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
And to truly convince the foreigner that we are a car-crazy nation, we point to this car-centered wacky attraction.  It's ten half-buried graffiti-covered Cadillacs where the visitor is invited to spray paint on these colorful cars.  It's a way to express your own artistic talent using old Cadillacs as your canvas.

4. Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia
I want to go to this museum!  Two room house a huge collection of Pez dispensers through the ages; from the very first Pez that was sold in the 1950s. It even has the world's largest Pez dispenser (a snowman that stands seven feet, 10 inches tall).

5. Gatorland, Orlando, Florida
If alligators are your thing, then you can't miss this place.  There are over 1000 alligators for you to enjoy and you can even feed them raw hot dogs or take a picture sitting on an alligator; that's something you don't get to do in Disney.

6. The Paris Texas Eiffel Tower, Paris, Texas
This other Paris has a tower that's 65 feet tall topped with a cowboy hat on top.

7. House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin
I guess it's the only museum sitting on top of a rock that's 60 feet tall that has an eclecting collection of stuff  like automated musical instruments.

8. Stonehenge II, Kerrville, Texas
This tourist attraction not only has a replica of the original Stonehenge in Britain, but it even has a replica of the Easter Island statues. Who says you need a passport to visit ancient sites?

9. Extraterrestrial Highway, Rachel, Nevada
After years of reports of bizarre extraterrestrial behavior near top-secret government base Area 51, a stretch of Nevada State Route 375 was deemed the Extraterrestrial Highway. Be prepared and make sure that you bring a videocam when you ride on this highway.

10. Minnesota Twine Ball, Darwin, Minnesota
Remember that old I Love Lucy episode when the Ricardos and the Mertzes went on a cross-country car trip, got involved with a local situation and was rewarded with a huge ball of aluminum foil? Well this place actually has the world’s largest ball of twine, weighing 17,400 pounds and measuring 12 feet in diameter. Creator Francis A. Johnson worked on the creation for decades before he died and left behind a now-beloved landmark, housed safely in a gazebo for travelers to see. One TripAdvisor traveler said, “The very nice man opened the gazebo and let us take in the whole experience — the smell and touch of the ball.”

From PRNewswire

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