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America's wackiest attractions

Oct 15, 2009

If you had to name the top 10 wackiest tourist attractions in the United States, what would they be? Here's what TripAdvisor travelers and editors see as the weirdest and strangest things and places to see in America.

1. Potty Time: Toilet Seat Museum, Alamo Heights, Texas
More than 800 decorated toilet seat lids (and counting) adorn curator Barney Smith's oversized garage, now a site that draws around 1,000 visitors a year. The lid themes range from license plates to military memorabilia to commemorations of major historical events, and everything in between. An additional ironic oddity is this former master plumber's toilet seat museum does not have a bathroom.

2. Un-henged: Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska
No time to see the real thing in England? The next best thing may be Nebraska's wacky answer to Stonehenge: a replica of the English landmark made from automotive jalopies painted grey to look like stone. Other unusual clunker sculptures are also scattered around this memorable and bizarre landmark.

3. Pit Stop: Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
Ten graffiti-covered Cadillacs sticking out of the ground with trunks in the air make for a truly wacky roadside attraction off Interstate 40 in Amarillo, Texas. Also an interactive attraction, visitors are welcome to spray paint the colorful vehicles themselves.

4. In-dispensable: Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, California
Two tiny rooms are transformed into a one-of-a-kind museum at this homage to the classic toy and candy dispenser first introduced in the 1950s. Packed with Pez dispensers new and old, the museum even houses the world's largest Pez dispenser (a snowman that stands seven feet, 10 inches tall).

5. Alligator Attraction: Gatorland, Orlando, Florida
Get up close and personal with more than 3,000 alligators at Florida's Gatorland, where travelers can feed the reptiles hot dogs, enjoy a photo op on a gator's back, or take a night tour of the park.

We'll Always Have Paris Texas: The Paris Texas Eiffel Tower, Paris, Texas
It is only fitting that Paris, Texas, would have an iconic tower of its own. While this version only measures around 65 feet tall, compared to France's 1,063-foot tower, the Texas tower certainly has that je ne sais quoi - a cowboy hat on top.

A Rockin' Time: House on the Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin
Sitting atop a 60-foot-tall rock, House on the Rock is made up of rooms filled with curious and captivating collections, from intricate doll houses to automated musical instruments. The house's 300-foot-long "Infinity Room" begins at a width of 30 feet and grows progressively smaller until it is one inch wide, and juts out 218 feet from the house itself.

8. Two for the Price of One: Stonehenge II, Kerrville, Texas
An homage to mysterious and beautiful stone sculptures abroad, Stonehenge II replicates not only England's Stonehenge, but the statues of Easter Island, as well. Thanks to this wacky roadside attraction in the fields of Texas, travelers can see two major world attractions at once.

9. We Come in Peace: Extraterrestrial Highway, Rachel, Nevada
After years of reports of bizarre extraterrestrial behavior near top-secret government base Area 51, a stretch of Nevada State Route 375 was deemed the Extraterrestrial Highway. If driving through, be prepared to take the possibility of other-worldly life very seriously, as one sign warns of alien encounters for the next 51 miles.

10. Having a Ball: Minnesota Twine Ball, Darwin, Minnesota
Darwin is the proud home to the world's largest ball of twine, weighing 17,400 pounds and measuring 12 feet in diameter. Creator Francis A. Johnson worked on the creation for decades, before he died and left behind a now-beloved landmark housed safely in a gazebo for travelers to see.

America's wackiest attractions
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