31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

The itinerary for a typical sightseeing journey to North America typically includes some of the same old hot spots: National Parks in Canada, the historical landmarks of the US, and, of course, Mexico’s beaches. However, scattered throughout the continent are several unusual sights that you won’t find in a travel guide!


Several of them are attractions worth planning trips or excursions around, while others are simple places, monuments, or sights worth keeping an eye out only for as part of a longer trip. Yet, these 31 of these travel destinations have one thing in common: all of them are among the strangest and coolest landmarks in North America!


Carhenge (Alliance, Nebraska): Who needs to travel to the UK to see the mysteriously stacked stones of Stonehenge when you can take a drive through the Great Plains and see cars spray-painted to look like sandstone?

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Brian W. Schaller / Wikimedia


The Wave (Coconino County, Arizona): Nestled between Arizona and Utah, the sandstone formation allures hikers and photographers from all over the planet. Because of its fragility, however, hikers must be granted a permit to access it.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Horseshoe Bend


Republic of Molossia (Dayton, Nevada): Though declared a micronation by founder Kevin Baugh, the republic isn’t recognized by the United Nations. Still, Supreme Leader Kevin gives the United States “foreign aid” (otherwise known as property taxes).

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Franco Sacchi / YouTube


Joyxee Island (Isla Mujeres, Mexico): An island made up of about 100,000 bottles floats just off the coast of Cancún, and for only $25 per night, you can rent it out on Airbnb. The Mexican government recognizes the 82-foot island as an Eco Boat.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Soul de Isla Mujeres


Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, California): People killed by Winchester rifles allegedly haunt the mansion once owned by the widow of firearm’s magnate William Winchester. Architectural anomalies, such as staircases to nowhere, fill the house.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Donna Hup


Centralia (Centralia, Pennsylvania): A 1962 coal mine fire cleared out this town, pushing the population to just seven people by 2013. Today, a graffiti-covered PA Route-61 cuts through the heart of the ghost town.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Road Unraveled


Thor’s Well (Cape Perpetua, Oregon): Often referred to as the Drainpipe of the Pacific, the 20-foot sinkhole located just off the Oregon coast looks like it’s draining the sea. (Don’t worry—it’s not!) Still, it provides perfect photo opportunities for those brave enough to venture near it.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Prada Art Installation (Marfa, Texas): Does anything say Texas quite like a $120,000 “pop architectural land art project” of a designer Italian shoe store? Perhaps. But you will not find anything like this anywhere else on the continent.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Gray Malin


The Desert of Maine (Freeport, Maine): The flat sands of America’s northeastern-most state beckon those who have already stuffed themselves to bursting with lobster. Although not a real desert, the 40 acres of glacial silt is close to the real thing.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Patty Wight / MPBN


Cadillac Ranch (Amarillo, Texas): Ten Cadillacs half-buried off Route 66 comprise this Texas art project. It not only welcomes vandalism and drive-by paint jobs from visitors, but it encourages anyone to add a touch of paint.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Christie’s


Devils Tower (Crook County, Wyoming): President Theodore Roosevelt declared this Bear Lodge Mountains butte a national monument in 1906. According to the Kiowa and Lakota tribes, the strange structure formed to save two girls from a bear attack.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Chuck Sutherland / Flickr


Mill Ends Park (Portland, Oregon): Officially recognized as the smallest park in the world, Mill Ends sits in a median once intended to house a light pole. When bureaucrats nixed the pole, a local journalist planted flowers and dubbed it a park.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

M-185 (Mackinac Island, Michigan): Michigan banned motor vehicles from the eight-mile stretch of road that wraps around the famous tourist island in Lake Huron. The law was passed in 1898 after a doctor’s car scared some horses and people complained.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Wikimedia


Eiffel Tower (Paris, Texas): If you want to see the Eiffel Tower, the City of Lights might be calling your name—but a city two hours outside Dallas might be calling out, too. And this Eiffel Tower has a cowboy hat on top!

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Monowi (Monowi, Nebraska): As of the 2010 census, only one person called the .21-square-mile city home. The lone occupant? A 76-and-a-half-year-old woman living alone. The village peaked in 1930 with a population of 150.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Ghosts of North America


The World’s Tallest Thermometer (Baker, California): A town most people only pass through on their way to Las Vegas, Baker boasts a 134-foot functioning thermometer built to commemorate 1913’s record-breaking 134 degrees Fahrenheit day in Death Valley.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times


U Thant Island (New York, New York): A group called Peace Meditation at the United Nations named Manhattan’s smallest island (2,000-square feet) after the Burmese former United Nations Secretary-General. It acts as a sanctuary for migrating birds.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Viewing NYC


Newby-McMahon Building (Wichita Falls, Texas): After a nearby oil boom, J.D. McMahon collected investments for a skyscraper to house the influx of people. However, he swindled the investors, when he built the world’s tiniest skyscraper—only 480 inches (40 feet) tall—and pocketed the rest of the money.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Michael Barera / Wikimedia


Musical Roads (Tijeras, New Mexico): Musical roads scattered throughout America utilize rumble strips to produce audible vibrations—songs! Roll down your window on this road in Tijeras, and you’ll hear “America the Beautiful.”

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

ATS Modding


Fenelon Place Elevator (Dubuque, Iowa): Claimed as the shortest and steepest railroad on the planet, this 189-foot incline railway brings travelers to observation decks where they can glimpse stunning views of downtown Dubuque.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Skinny House (Boston, Massachusetts): Just 10 feet at its widest, Boston’s Skinny House was born out of spite. One report suggests the city’s narrowest house was built to cut off light to a building with a “hostile neighbor.”

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Creepychusetts


Gregson Street Overpass (Durham, North Carolina): Trucks, SUVs, and tall people wearing tall hats beware: the tiny, 11-foot, eight-inch bridge nicknamed “The Can Opener” collects—on average—one truck scalp per month.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Washuotaku / Wikimedia


Point Roberts (Point Roberts, Washington): You have to travel through 25 miles of Canada to get to this US city, which was created when the United Kingdom and the United States determined the 49th parallel would form the border between the countries. However, they overlooked the southernmost tip of the Tsawwassen Peninsula!

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Sam Kee Building (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada): Too stubborn to sell his lot of land after the city expropriated 24 feet of his property, Sam Kee built the world’s shallowest commercial building—only five feet deep on the bottom floor.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Can Pac Swire / Flickr


Grave of Mary Ellis (New Brunswick, New Jersey): A local spinster died in 1828 and was buried in a site that eventually became the parking lot for an AMC movie theater. The grave is probably more exciting than most movies playing at the theater, to be honest.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Find a Grave


Moonlight Towers (Austin, Texas): Before the streetlight boom of the 20th century, cities posted arc-lamps way up in these towers to illuminate multiple blocks at once. Though all but eliminated from North America, Austin still boasts a few 165-foot towers.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Austin Pulse


Bubblegum Alley (San Luis Obispo, California): A piece of chewed gum stuck to a wall may not be your interpretation of sightseeing, but what about thousands of pieces of chewed gum stuck to over 2,000-square-feet of alleyway walls?

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Jets Like Taxis


Jerimoth Hill (Foster, Rhode Island): At 812 feet high, this rock slab is the highest peak in all of Rhode Island. Hikers who “braved” the three-mile trail with a ten-foot elevation gain to reach the peak often stack stones on top to make the point that much higher.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

Peak Bagger


Magentic Hill (Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada): Thanks to the rising and falling terrain and an obstructed horizon, this road produces an optical illusion making it appear as though cars traveling downhill are actually going uphill.

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SHL Trip


Republic of Indian Stream (Pittsburg, New Hampshire): From 1832 to 1835, elected government officials of this unrecognized constitutional republic served 300 citizens. The republic formed due to an ambiguous boundary between the U.S. and Canada.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

New Hampshire Public Radio


Clinton Road (West Milford, New Jersey): Besides being home to the country’s most extended traffic light— a terrible burden, really—this infamous road has been the setting for numerous alleged ghost sightings, witches, and creatures.

31 Extraordinary Places To Visit In North America

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