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40 Of America's Weirdest Tourist Traps To Visit On Your Next Vacation

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When I was growing up, my parents loved to save money by taking our family on "staycations."

While other kids went to Disney World or the Bahamas me and my brothers went to the local petting zoos and museums.

It sounds boring, but in fact there are some pretty nifty sights across this big country of ours.

That is, if you think giant cutlery, fruit museums, and haunted motels are "nifty" - which I do.

Have you visited any of this 40 far-out tourist traps:

1. Ben and Jerry's Flavor Graveyard - Burlington, Vermont

Ben & Jerry's flavor graveyard
RyanReporting - YouTube

Yes, it's real!

This is where the ice cream chain's failed flavors are buried by the pint, with their own headstones.

The cemetery's residents include Wavy Gravy, Oh Pear, and a disastrous grape flavor that killed a dog.

2. Skunk-Ape Research Headquarters - Ochopee, Florida

Skunk Ape
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There's more to this "research center" than Florida's famous Sasquatch lookalike.

It also hosts the annual Everglades Skunk Ape Festival, including the Miss Skunk Ape beauty pageant.

3. World's Largest Horseshoe Crab - Blanchester, Ohio

Horseshoe Crab
Times Gazette

Who would build a 55-foot long sea bug, and why would they leave it in a biblical scripture garden?

It's meant to represent creationism, since the horseshoe crab has supposedly never evolved.

4. Center of America - Lebanon, Kansas

Center of America
KansasTravel.org

The tiny town of 218 people is the geographic center of the lower 48, which is about the only reason for tourists to stop there.

5. Bubblegum Alley - San Luis Obispo, California

Bubblegum Alley
One Cool Thing Every Week - YouTube

This alley is 70-feet long, 15-feet high, and completely covered in chewed gum.

If that's your idea of a day trip, stop by and add another piece to the wall.

6. Hat 'n Boots - Seattle, Washington

Hat and boots
Joel Rogers Photography

Two attractions in one: this is the world's largest cowboy hat and the biggest pair of boots.

It was once a gas station, and there are a pair of bathrooms in the boots.

7. Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Salvation Mountain
The Riveter Magazine

Born-again Christian Leonard Knight spent over three decades writing hopeful and religious messages on this hill with latex paint.

Sadly he passed away in 2014, but his landmark is still drawing in tourists.

8. Uniroyal Giant Tire - Allen Park, Michigan

Uniroyal Tire
MichiganRadio.org

This massive attraction began its life as a ferris wheel at the 1964 World's Fair in New York.

It was later moved in front of the Uniroyal Tire office, but today only the tire remains.

9. World's Largest Ball of Twine - Cawker, Kansas

Ball of Twine
Mapio

Accept no imitators!

There are at least four massive twine balls competing for the record, but Cawkor's attraction is the biggest at nearly 20,000 pounds.

Started way back in 1953, the townspeople add to the twine twice a year, so it's still growing.

10. Mothman Statue - Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Mothman
Happilee RVing

He looks scary, but the legendary mothman of West Virginia has a reputation for warning people of natural disasters.

The statue built in his honor is 12-feet tall and made of steel.

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