Weird US Attractions Worth a Side Trip ...

1. Bonnie and Clyde’s Death Car in Primm, Nevada

Lovers Bonnie and Clyde embarked on a massive crime spree that involved robbing banks and other establishments as well as murdering both police officers and civilians. Their life together was only upstaged by their violent deaths at the hands of Louisiana and Texas law enforcement when over 150 rounds were pumped into their car on a rural road in Louisiana in 1934. The bullet ridden 1934 Ford Deluxe 730 V8 Sedan can be seen in Primm, Nevada housed behind glass.

2. Giant Couch Complete with Couch Potatoes in Austin, Texas

A furniture store owner decided to call some attention to his business in a big way, proving that everything is, indeed, bigger in Texas. This massive green couch stretches 34 feet long and 22 feet high, and can be easily spotted from the highway so there’s no way to miss it. Sitting on top of the colossal couch are three friendly-looking potatoes, donning baseball caps, jean shorts and belts, waiting for the game to start.

3. Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco, California

For most of us who love Chinese food, it just wouldn’t be the same if you ended the meal without the traditional fortune cookie, which reveals our future once we crack it open and pull out the little slip of paper enclosed within. Since 1962, Golden Fortune’s factory has been pumping out these crispy delights for customers worldwide. Visitors to the factory can observe the entire process, where a fortune is inserted very quickly before the cookie hardens. You can even get custom made cookies with your own message inserted.

4. The Flying Saucer House in Covington, Kentucky

Even if you’ve rolled your eyes at reports of UFOs before, there actually is a flying saucer in Kentucky It’s a flying saucer-shaped house, designed by architect Matti Suuronen in 1968. Visible when crossing the bridge into Kentucky from Ohio, the “Futuro House” is a white, saucer-shaped home that stands 13 feet tall and 26 feet wide. Less that 100 were built, and the architect intended them to be portable ski chalets. Of the 100 or so that were built, only about 20 are located within the US now.

5. The Six-Toed Cats at the Ernest Hemmingway House in Key West, Florida

This house attracts both the literature buff and the animal lover. Dozens of the unusual cats, called polydactyl cats, have a genetic anomaly that causes them to have more that the normal number of toes. Hemmingway evidently found this characteristic charming when he was given a 6-toed cat by a ship’s captain, and to this day it is believed that most of the 6-toed cats on Key West originate from this single cat. All of the descendents at the museum have a famous name, such as “Harry Truman” or “Billy Holiday.” Literature buffs can see where the icon created his some of his best works, and the gardens and museum are always beautiful.

6. The Enchanted Highway in Regent, North Dakota

Gary Greff may have saved his small town from dying. The teeny town of Regent had it kind of bad in the 1980s, and Gary decided to use his metal-sculpting talents to good use-he created 10 huge, original sculptures that are separated by a few miles of highway. The subjects of these cultures vary and include geese in flight, a leaping seer, a massive grasshopper, a tin family, fish that leap 70 feet into the air, pheasants, and even Teddy Roosevelt on a bucking horse. Many sculptures have pull-outs for photographers and some even include shelters and picnic tables.

7. The Bishop Castle in Wetmore, Colorado

This just goes to show that the teacher is not always right. When Jim Bishop was told he’d never amount to anything at school, he proved them wrong. He began building a stone cabin as a father-son project on property he purchased at the ripe old age of 15. The cabin became more castle-like as the years wore on and he continued adding to it, spurred on my neighbors and friends, and people became curious and began to visit. It then became a stop on many a sightseeing tour, and a wonderful testament to the power of a dream. The visit is free, but donations are encouraged so that construction may continue. Where shall we head first?

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