Monday, July 6, 2020 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Ten Strange Places to Visit

No doubt about it, there are some really weird places you can visit on vacation. From eerie bones to bugs dressed like Marilyn Monroe, you won’t be able to believe these places that actually exist. Check the list and see if you’ll be near any of them during your next trip. Why not stop and visit one of these craziest places on earth?


1    Carhenge, Nebraska.

If you can’t make it out to Great Britain to see the real deal, why not see Stonehenge made out of cars. You won’t be contemplating “how did this get here?” like you would at Stonehenge. Instead, you’ll be wondering why this got here. What would possess someone to make Carhenge out of classic cars? We don’t know, but anything can happen in Nebraska. Oddly enough, Carhenge celebrates some of the same solar events that are so important at Stonehenge. You can visit all the classic car crazy for free if you even find yourself out in the Midwest.

Carhenge, Nebraska
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2    Hand in the Desert, Chile.

In the middle of the Atacama Desert, miles and miles from anywhere, you’ll see a surprising sight. From the sand, a giant hand appears to be erupting through the earth’s crust! No, you’re not falling asleep at the wheel—the hand really does exist. It’s the artistic work of sculptor Mario Irarrázabal, and it’s been haunting the barren landscape since the 1980s.

Hand in the Desert, Chile
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3    Plain of Jars, Laos.

This spot is one of those weird things that our ancient ancestors left behind without any explanation. In the area, there are thousands of large stone jars. Many experts conjecture that the jars were used in burial rituals. Today, the vessels are empty and lidless. Unfortunately, they’re also located in a minefield that was created when United States bombs in the area did not explode. However, most of the bombs have been removed. The Plain of Lars is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Plain of Jars, Laos
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4    The Catacombs, Paris.

If you want creepy, this is the place to go. Underneath the streets of Paris lie the catacombs, tunnels of artistic human bone arrangements that are open to visitors. The catacombs were formed when Paris’ graveyards ran out of room. The cemeteries were cleared out and bones dumped in the subterranean halls. Later, the bones were arranged neatly in stacks and rows. If you want to see a bunch of dismembered dead people, by all means take the tour.

The Catacombs, Paris
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5    Cat Island, Japan.

Hello Kitty isn’t the only cat in Japan. On Tasherojima, known to us Anglophones as “Cat Island,” there are more cats than people! The island’s 100 residents feed, care for, and sometimes worship the cats, which they believe will bring them good luck. If you’re feeling a little lucky yourself, take a boat to Cat Island and enjoy some kitty love. Just remember to leave Fido at home.

Cat Island, Japan
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6    World’s Largest Chest of Drawers, North Carolina.

There aren’t enough t-shirts in all of North Carolina to fill this chest of drawers! This 32-foot tall bureau has been around for a long, long time. Almost 100 years ago, it was known as the “Bureau of Information.” Today it proudly stands next to a massive furniture store in the city of High Point. If nothing else, the chest will make an interesting pic for your Insta feed.

World’s Largest Chest of Drawers, North Carolina
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7    Instant Ramen Museum, Japan.

In 1958, Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen. You know, the stuff you ate every single day in college. Now, of course, ramen noodles are a dietary staple for 90% of the 20-somethings as they pay off loans. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is a place where you can learn all about the history of ramen and reminisce about your own ramen noodle days. Why not?

Instant Ramen Museum, Japan
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8    Rumah Terbalik Upside Down House, Kota Kinabalu, East Malaysia.

If you grew up reading the Mrs. Pigglewiggle series, then this house is a dream come true. Like the heroine of the aforementioned books, you can walk through upside-down ceilings and look up at the floors above! What’s really cool about this wacky building, though, is that it’s fully furnished and even has a car attached to the ceiling—I mean floor—of the garage.

Rumah Terbalik
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9    Gnome Reserve, England.

Did you have a crazy neighbor lady who thought her garden gnomes were alive? Maybe you are that crazy neighbor lady. Either way, you’ll get a kick out of the gnome reserve, a huge garden where gnomes are the featured protected species. You can blend in and be a little gnomey, too; there are gnome hats and costumes available for you to borrow during your outing.

Gnome Reserve, England
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10    Cockroach Hall of Fame, Texas.

There’s no way cockroaches will ever be your favorite animal, but you might hate them a little less after visiting this quirky museum. At the Cockroach Hall of Fame, you can see all of your favorite celebrities portrayed by dressed-up dead roaches. Or, you can hold a 4-inch long Madagascar hissing cockroach. If nothing else, it will give you something to talk about at parties. Just not during dinner, please.

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While you might not think about yourself to be a general traveler right now, this can easily motivate you to have a number of of these weird travel destinations in your bucket list. As you’re going about your everyday life, it is easy to overlook all of the weird and strange things that are hidden away all over the world. They are often easy to miss but thanks to this list, it will be easier knowing how to find them.


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