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The Best Roadside Unusual Attractions
One of the great things about traveling in the United States is the number of fantastic attractions there are on the roadside. Here are a few of America's great roadside oddities. Some of them are little odd, or have a unique history, or are just something you won't find anywhere else. Each of these is a destination worth looking out for while traveling on the road.
Ave Maria Grotto, Alabama
This little park is home to 125 miniature reproductions of historic buildings throughout the world. During a visit to this spot visitors will learn that these works of art were created by a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey, Brother Joseph Zoettl. Visitors have the chance to walk through this park and see, in miniature, some of the most important historical buildings from around the world.
The London Bridge, Arizona
Visitors to Lake Havasu City should make sure to cross the London Bridge. The London Bridge in Arizona is the real London Bridge from London, England. The bridge was purchased by an American businessman, Robert P. McCulloch. After he purchased the bridge it was taken apart and then reassembled in Lake Havasu City. Visitors should take a stroll across the bridge and enjoy the little bit of London in Arizona.
Winchester Mystery House, California
The Winchester Mystery House has to be one of California's most unique destinations, probably one of the most unique location in the country. This house was built by Sarah Winchester with the legacy of the Winchester rifle. After the deaths of her child and husband Sarah Winchester started adding all manner of unique architectural features to her home. Some speculate that she created the house to ward of ghosts. Visitors will see twisting hallways, secret passageways, and even doors that lead to nowhere.
Leaning Tower of Niles, Illinois
Visitors to Illinois can see a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. This is a great stop for those visitors who have not visited Pisa, Italy, as it is an opportunity to see a replica of the amazing site. Built in 1934, the Leaning Tower of Niles is about half the size of the original Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Desert of Maine, Maine
The Desert of Maine is located near Freeport. It was created by the path of a glacier as it passed through the area 11,000 years ago. The Desert is forty acres of exposed glacial silt. Once the Desert was the farm land of the Tuttle family. The Desert was discovered in 1797, after years of land clearing and soil erosion. Eventually, the exposed Desert took over the entire farm. Visitors to the Desert of Maine will now find a gift shop, museums and tours.
World's Largest Twine Ball, Minnesota
Visitors to Darwin, Minnesota have the unique opportunity to see the World's Largest Twine Ball Created by One Man. Other states have larger twine balls, but they are not the work of a single person. This ball of twine was created over 29 years by a resident of Darwin. Today, visitors can look at the ball of twine, purchase souvenirs and even take a tour of the museum. Visitors to the town can even check out the local festival, Twine Ball Days, held in August.
Kazoo Factory and Museum, New York
The Kazoo Factory and Museum is now the only metal Kazoo Factory in North America. The Original American Kazoo Company was established in 1916, and it continues producing Kazoo's much as it did in the beginning. The Museum has history, interesting trivia, and of course, a step-by-step of the making of a Kazoo.
South of the Border, South Carolina
Visitors to Dillon will be surprised by the amazing collection of Mexican themed buildings. The town has a mascot, restaurants, neon lights and much more. South of the Border is an excellent place to stop while on the road, and it is also a destination all by itself if you want to experience Mexico while still in the United States.
The Lost Sea, Tennessee
Near Sweetwater Tennessee visitors to Tennessee can take a tour of the Lost Sea. The Lost Sea was discovered in 1905 deep within the Craigshead Caverns. These caverns have been used by people for hundreds of years, there are amazing artifacts from the Cherokee Indians throughout the caverns. Prehistoric remains have also been found within the caves. Visitors to the caves can also learn about the use of the caves during the Civil War by the Confederate Army. However, the Lost Sea was found by a 13 year old boy in 1905, and the full extent of the Sea still has not been determined. Divers and scientists have mapped 13 acres of water. Visitors to the Lost Sea can tour the caves, see the unique geological features, and take a ride on the glass bottomed boats on the Lost Sea.
Cadillac Ranch, Texas
As you leave Amarillo keep your eyes peeled for The Cadillac Ranch. The Cadillac Ranch was founded by Stanley Marsh, 3, the Texas millionaire as a piece of art outside of Amarillo. The art installation is ten classic cars, half buried with the front end in the ground. Visitors are welcome at this historic piece of Texas art.