11 Of The Oddest Tourist Attractions In America

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1. The Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Show

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This Florida tourist attraction has been doing “mermaid shows” since the 1940s. Definitely unique!

2. National Atomic Testing Museum

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This museum, located in Las Vegas, NV, is one of the most unique museums in the country. It has all sorts of neat artifacts, photos, and videos. It also holds occasional temporary exhibits, like a recent Area 51 show.

3. Mütter Museum

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This Philadelphia museum is the perfect spot for those with a penchant for the creepy and bizarre. It’s actually a medical museum and has various oddities, anatomical specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment.

4. Maine State Prison Showroom

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The Maine State Prison Showroom is located in Thomaston, Maine. Everything in the shop is available for purchase and has been handcrafted by prisoners of the state jail. Hm!

5. World’s Biggest Lightbulb

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This big guy is located at the Thomas Edison Museum in Edison, NJ. There is also a really neat museum attached and plenty of other things to check out.

6. The “Thing”

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This tourist attraction in Dragoon, AZ is one of the most iconic highway stops in the country. We’re not going to tell you what it is exactly, but we promise it is indeed a thing.

7. Graceland Too

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Graceland Too in Holly Springs, Mississippi is a two-story home filled to the brim with Elvis paraphernalia. The owner of the home, Paul McLeod, will be happy to chat with you about all of it. He also supposedly drinks at least 24 cans of soda per day… so he’s probably got plenty of energy to talk for a while.

8. Biosphere 2

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Are you a big Bio-Dome fan? This science research facility in Arizona is 3.14 acres of biospheres. They do guided tours of all types of environments such as a tropical rainforest, a coastal fog desert, and the upper savanna.

9. The Mystery Spot

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This tourist spot in Santa Cruz, California is one of the most mysterious places in the country. The area claims the laws of physics and gravity do not apply. There’s a series of optical illusions that will seriously mess with your mind… in the coolest way possible.

10. Prada Marfa

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This art installation by Elmgreen and Dragset is in the middle of nowhere Texas. It isn’t an actual store that can be shopped, but looks like one just the same! Very weird. Very cool.

11. The Mojave Phone Booth

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The Mojave Phone Booth is interestingly the most popular phone booth ever. Smack dab in the Mojave dessert, it was a mysterious phone booth that became a cult sensation. People would call the phone booth and talk to strangers who happened to be walking by. Unfortunately, it was removed in 2000 due to traffic congestion. :( RIP.

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