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31 Of The Most Unusual Places In All Of North America That People Can Actually Visit

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The itinerary for a typical sightseeing trip to North America typically includes a few of the same old hot spots: Canada’s National Parks, the United States’ historical landmarks, and Mexico’s beaches. But scattered throughout the continent are some unusual sights even you won’t find in a travel guide!

Some of them are attractions worth planning entire trips or excursions around; others are simple places, monuments, and sights worth keeping an eye out for as part of a longer trip. But all 31 of these travel destinations have one thing in common: they’re some of the strangest—and coolest—North American landmarks!

1. Carhenge (Alliance, Nebraska): Who needs to travel to the United Kingdom to see the mysteriously stacked stones of Stonehenge when you can take a drive through the Great Plains and see cars spray-painted to look like sandstone?

2. The Wave (Coconino County, Arizona): Nestled between Arizona and Utah, the sandstone formation allures hikers and photographers from all over the planet. Because of its fragility, however, hikers must be granted a permit to access it.

3. Republic of Molossia (Dayton, Nevada): Though declared a micronation by founder Kevin Baugh, the republic isn’t recognized by the United Nations. Still, Supreme Leader Kevin gives the United States “foreign aid” (otherwise known as property taxes).

4. Joyxee Island (Isla Mujeres, Mexico): An island made up of about 100,000 bottles floats just off the coast of Cancún, and for just $25 per night, you can rent it out on Airbnb. The Mexican government recognizes the 82-foot island as an Eco Boat.

5. Winchester Mystery House (San Jose, California): Those killed by Winchester rifles allegedly haunt the mansion once owned by the widow of firearm’s magnate William Winchester. Architectural anomalies, like staircases to nowhere, fill the house.

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