Sick of the tourist-infested hotspots? Never fear (or maybe you should) – here are top 10 unusual destinations.
Don’t plan on staying the night here because, well, there’s hardly anything in this ghost town (except for seven stubborn residents who won’t move, even after all properties in the borough were claimed under eminent domain by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1992). Nevertheless, the city, which was once a mining town, is barren and intriguing
It’s one part college-town (with Ohio University) and one part haunted. Athens not only has five graveyards but it was also home to the Athens Lunatic Asylum, which was in operation from 1874 until 1993.
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is the country’s oldest city, and its year-round mild climate makes it enjoyable to explore some of the unique attractions, like America’s oldest house, not to mention the slews of forts, museums, beaches, and The Fountain of Youth.
A bewitching destination, Salem, where the witch trials of 1692 took place, was also one of the most important ports in early America, becoming the first National Historic Site designated by Congress. In addition to the Wicca and psychic boutiques you can also find Nathaniel Hawthorne’s house and gravesite.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Yep, Pigeon Forge has the bragging rights to being home to Dollywood, but it also lots of eccentric museums (like the Dinosaur Walk Museum and the Elvis Museum), indoor skydiving, outlet shopping, magic shows, and more.
One of Mississippi’s oldest European-American cities, it`s steeped in history with all kinds of unique things to check out, with the Mississippi Blues Trail (which is made up of more than 120 historical markers and sites located across the state, including Natchez) as well as the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway (linking Natchez with Nashville) through driving, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
The entire town of Eureka Springs is on the National Register of Historic Places. They have everything from dinosaurs and aviaries of exotic birds to ghosts, a patriotic living history stage show, and fine dining on train cars.
Jules Undersea Lodge (in Key Largo, Florida)
Sleeping with the fishies takes on a whole new meaning at this unique hotel, where you rent a room underwater. Your stay includes all your dive gear, a gourmet dinner and breakfast in the morning.
How could you not check out a city known as “America’s Most Vertical City" as well as the "Largest Ghost Town in America"? This copper-mining town is centrally-located with numerous cities surrounding it as well as loads of quaint B&Bs.
Roswell, New Mexico
Whether or not you believe in aliens you’ll love the sci-fi eeriness of this UFO-crazed town. You can also explore their city’s museums, bike paths, hiking, fishing, or golfing.