July 6, 2023 | Kaddy Gibson

Welcome To America’s Strangest Tourist Attractions

When it comes to tourist attractions, you may be surprised at some of the creepier ones that draw in crowds of visitors. America may be the home of the brave, but it’s also the home of the strange. Keep reading to learn about three of the weirdest tourist attractions in the country.

Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska


While there’s no mystery or spirituality behind the origins of this monument, it is still interesting to behold—and is one of the country's strangest tourist attractions. With a little help from his family, artist Jim Reinders built this peculiar replica of Stonehenge in honor of his late father. With the same proportions as the original Stonehenge, Reinders monument is made up of 39 cars that were painted gray like stone. If you take a trip to Carhenge, you can also stop by the nearby Car Art Reserve which features several other vehicular art installations.

Market Theater Gum Wall, Seattle, Washington

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This one isn't for the germaphobes. For over two decades, the Market Street Gum Wall has been expanding its collection of used, chewed-up wads of gum. It all started when some bored patrons got tired of waiting in line for the theater box office. Some people just stuck their gum to the wall, while others went the extra creative step and molded theirs into tiny sculptures. The city cleaned the wall several times, but the gum-sticking craze was unstoppable. Eventually, they decided to leave the gum there. Who would have guessed this wall of germs would become one of America’s strangest tourist attractions?

World’s Largest Chest Of Drawers, High Point, North Carolina

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Standing 12 meters (39 feet) tall, the World’s Largest Chest Of Drawers was originally built in 1926. Seeking to prove that they were the world’s furniture capital, the city of High Point built the structure out of a six-meter (20-foot) office building. In 1996, the drawers were reconstructed into the towering Goddard-Townsend style chest that you can visit today.

Cockroach Hall of Fame, Plano, Texas

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If bugs give you the heebie jeebies, then you might want to sit this one out. The Cockroach Hall of Fame is the strangest attraction in America. It was created by pest control specialist Michael Bodhan, who wanted people to be able to laugh at the creepy critters rather than recoil in disgust and fear. Posed in their own little sets, the dead roaches have been dressed up to portray pop culture icons. So, if you’re interested in taking a peek at Liberoachi or Marilyn Monroach head over to the adorably bizarre Cockroach Hall of Fame.

These attractions may be incredibly weird, but they’re guaranteed to leave you with some unforgettable and unique memories.


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