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10 Weird And Unexpected Places To Visit In The U.S.

Looking for a new and bizarre place to visit for your next vacation? Here are some wacky places to visit before or during Spring Break.

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1. World's First Nuclear Power Plant – Tour


Nestled in Arco, Idaho sits Experimental Breeder Reactor #1 (EBR1), the only place in America you can see four nuclear reactors — including two aircraft nuclear propulsion prototypes, a reactor control room, remote handling devices for radioactive materials and radiation detection equipment.

2. Tallahassee Automobile Museum


Burrowed in Tallahassee, Florida is Antique Automobile Club of America’s first place winner of number one Museum in the United States for the Preservation of Antique Cars. With over 140 automobiles ranging from an 1894 Duryea, one of the oldest automobiles manufactured in the United States, to a 2010 Camaro customised to look like a Pontiac Trans Am.

3. Bailey Art Museum


Known for his quirky, ceramic sculptures and kinetic scrap metal robots, Clayton Bailey, has had his pieces put on permanent display in Crockett, California’s The Bailey Art Museum. Guests can see anything from the skeleton foot of Bigfoot and his hulking, one-eyed skull, supposedly found in the hills around Port Costa, to a large ceramic spud-boy mutant simmers in a tub labelled "It Came from a Bucket of Mud."

4. Storyland


Storyland proves that New Orleans isn’t just about jazz, voodoo and Mardi Gras, but actually it provides both kids, and adults, with a magical and unique experience with its 26 larger –than-life exhibits and storybook fantasies. The park's initial population of 13 nursery rhyme scenes has now doubled, with new additions arriving every few years, such as a Carter-era Rocket Ship and the memorable Reagan-era Dragon Slide, where kids plummet earthward on the monster's belching flames.

5. First Flight Lunar Module


Nuzzled next to the McDonald’s in Warren, Ohio is the surface of the moon, but a quarter-million miles from Earth. A half-scale replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module marks the site where six-year-old Neil Armstrong took his first airplane flight. He later made history on July 20, 1969, when the Apollo 11 Lunar Module landed on the moon and U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. His famous words from that historic day, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” will live on for eternity.

6. Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum


Step back in time with the sights and sounds of Atlanta during the Civil War and Reconstruction as told through the eyes of Scarlett O'Hara and her dashing romancer, Rhett Butler. The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square has been a mainstay in downtown Marietta since April 2003 when it opened in the historic Old Thomas Warehouse Building. With an extensive collection of memorabilia provided by Dr. Christopher Sullivan the museum is sure to delight and intrigue any Gone with the Wind fan, from novice to aficionado.

7. Jefferson Davis Monument

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In sleepy Fairview, Kentucky lies the second tallest obelisk in the world, the Jefferson Davis Monument. It commemorates the birthplace of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America, and leader of the rebellious South that broke away in 1861 and sparked the Civil War. The Birthplace also includes a visitors center and small museum, where visitors can view a handful of Davis artefacts and another Davis statue.

8. Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel


Built by Colonel Milford Howard as a memorial to his first wife, this stone church is built around a huge boulder in Mentone, Alabama. The boulder serves as the pulpit of the church and is also where Howard's ashes are interred. A sentence, penned to Howard in a letter from his wife hangs over the pulpit. It states "God has all ways been as good to me as I would let him be."

9. Crockett Historical Museum


Crockett, California is a timeless, yet thriving, artist community that has managed to remain a secret in the Bay Area. The museum fills three large rooms in an old train station and is arranged in a kind of controlled chaos that's more reminiscent of Grandma's attic than a conventional museum. The biggest draws is the High School Yearbook Room, in which Curator Leo Cid Jr. has displayed the pictures of every graduating class at Crockett's John Swett High School from 1928 to 2003.

10. The Original “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” House and Café


There's no better way to satisfy an appetite than to dine in the same room as a family of cinematic cannibals. Through its life, the Victorian house was home to a succession of families and students, and served as a movie set in 1973 for “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. The house was purchased by The Antlers Hotel in 1998. It was then dismantled, moved to Kingsland, Texas and completely refurbished and is now home to Grand Central Cafe.

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