America is one of the world’s best tourist destinations, and it has its fair share of relatively normal attractions: Yellowstone Park, Yosemite National Park, New York, Miami Beach - the list goes on. But have you ever wondered about the USA’s freakier destinations? It turns out that the country has its fair share of those too, and they’re open to seasoned travelers like you.
The National Mustard Museum
Do you like mustard? It’s a popular condiment not only on US hotdogs but also throughout the world. The National Mustard Museum in the town of Middleton, Wisconsin is a living, breathing record of practically every kind of mustard ever made in the US with featured products from all over the United States. If you’re the sort of person who loves antiquated objects, you’ll love the museum: there are tins and jars of mustard dating back more than 100 years. *Don’t try any of it though - it’s probably past its best before date.
The Hoyt Arboretum is near Portland, close to the zoo. Here you’ll find all sorts of trails through a tree lined canopy. If spooky giant redwoods are your thing and haunted old oak trees, then this is the place for you. There’s also a visitor center where you can grab information and refreshments.
The Farnham Colossi
Massive statues are a big thing in Asian countries. But usually, they have historical or political significance. Even the US has the Statue of Liberty overlooking New York. But nothing quite compares to the Farnham Colossi in Unger, West Virginia.
The colossi are a collection of giant statues, usually brightly (and sometimes grossly) painted by their owners, the Farnhams. There are dozens of giant statues to marvel at, right in the middle of the rural landscape.
The Paper House
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to walk around in a paper house? Well, thanks to an engineering genius called Elis Stenman, you can. Back in 1922, he started constructing a summer house out of old newspapers. Before long, the house had taken shape, and now his creation has become a national attraction. Today, the house is just called the Paper House, and you can find it in the town of Rockport, Massachusetts. Inside, there’s everything you’d want in a summer house - chairs, tables, rugs - all made of paper.
The Salt And Pepper Shaker Museum
How many different salt shakers are there in America? The answer would appear to be a lot if the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum is anything to go by. The museum, located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, houses more than 20,000 different kinds of salt shakers from all over the world. It was created 25 years ago by its private owner, an archaeologist who became obsessed with how people dispensed their salt and pepper. There are salt and pepper shakers in the museum which date all the way back to the 1500s.
Now, hundreds of keen food tourists visit the museum every year to peruse the collection. America sure is weird.