Odd Landmarks To See In The US

The United States can be kind of a weird place.  Since America is such a melting pot of different cultures, the end result is bound to be unique if not a little strange.  As George Carlin used to say, “When you’re born into this world, you’re given a ticket to the freak show. If you’re born in America you get a front row seat.”  Much to the delight of oddity-seekers, the US is full of strange landmarks that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

Not necessarily what we had in mind, but this is as good a place as any to start.

Not necessarily what we had in mind, but this is as good a place as any to start.

Sam Walton’s eater of worlds aside, here’s a list of unusual landmarks that you may just want to mark on your map on your next road trip.

"lol @ mapz grandpa" - Self Reighteious Millennial With No Survival Skills

“lol @ mapz grandpa” – Self Righteous Millennial With No Survival Skills

Winchester Mystery House

winchester landmarks

While it may look like the less subtle cousin of the Overlook Hotel, the Winchester Mystery House was built by Sarah Winchester following the death of her husband, the son of the inventor of the Winchester Rifle.

No, a giant maze had nothing to do with it.  It was tuberculosis.

No, a giant maze had nothing to do with it. 

Sarah, overcome with grief, and also believing that she was cursed by the legacy of the rifle, continued adding to the house until her death.  She believed that by adding staircases and doors that led to nowhere, she could confuse the ghosts that were coming to get her.

"So I was totally going to haunt this chick who's husband made this gun that shot me or whatever, but there were all these windy stairs and doors to nowhere, so I gave up and got a ghost taquito."

“So I was totally going to haunt this chick who’s husband made this gun that shot me or whatever, but there were all these windy stairs and doors to nowhere, so I gave up and got a ghost taquito.”

Santa Claus, Indiana santa clause indiana landmarks

Calling itself “America’s Christmas Hometown,” Santa Claus, Indiana is a real place in a state not exactly know for its subtlety.

"It's a town with weird happenings and it's called Eerie.  Get it?"

“It’s a town with weird happenings and it’s called Eerie. Get it?”

In addition to being a Christmas themed town, there also happens to be a water park and amusement park, because nothing says “Christmas time” like sliding down a triple-loop water slide in the middle of July.

santa pool landmarks

“Santa asked for salt on his margarita. Tell Buddy he’s fired.”

Enchanted Highway

enchanted highway

Not to offend all six of you that live in North Dakota, but the state does have a bit of a reputation for being desolate.

"Tourist trap."

“Tourist trap.”

With this in mind, someone finally decided that something other than tires and broken dreams should decorate the landscape, so he started building enormous statues on a stretch of highway between Regent and Gladstone, which has turned into one of the more interesting American landmarks.

"When you wish upon a starrr!!!"

“When you wish upon a starrr!!!”

There’s even a sculpture of Theodore Roosevelt, thus confirming that North Dakota should probably change its state motto to “The Envious State.”

en roosevelt landmarks

If that spirit of competition distracts them from the fact that there are more cows in the state than people, then so be it.

Salvation Mountain

salvation mountain

Built near the Salton Sea, which is an already terrifying carnival of abandoned beachfront property in the Colorado Desert in California, Salvation Mountain was the brain-child of Leonard Knight.

"To the Hippiemobile!"

“To the Hippiemobile!”

Knight, armed with a lot of adobe, straw, paint, and a love of biblical slogans, transformed a hill in the desert into what has been considered a major piece of American folk art.

It also serves as a good backdrop for deeply misunderstood films.

It also serves as a good backdrop for deeply misunderstood films.

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