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Maryland is a unique state, offering a handful of attractions seemingly everywhere you turn. While many of they seem perfectly normal, a small collection of them are a little on the strange side.
Want to find out what one’s we’re talking about? Read on to find out more.
1. Geppi’s Entertainment Museum: Baltimore, Maryland
Comic book fans will go nuts at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum; a big kid’s paradise.
The heart of the museum is the shrine of comic books “A Story in Four Colors”, which showcases pristine copies of some of America’s most loved comic books.
Other highlights include the showcased box of Mr. T Cereal and a battery powered Great Garloo.
2. National Museum of Dentistry: Baltimore, Maryland
A visit to the dentist generally isn’t a pleasant experience however the National Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore may be the exception to this rule.
Learn about the development of drills and the evolution of extraction instruments, before inspecting the dentures of George Washington and the regal set of picks and tooth scrapers used by Queen Victoria.
It’s sure to bring a toothy grin to your face!
3. National Great Blacks in Wax Museum: Baltimore, Maryland
This museum is practically overflowing with Great Blacks such as Frederick Douglass, Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King, with many more planned for the future.
Each exhibit tells its own unique and individual story, providing visitors with a informative look into America’s rich past.
4. Army Ordnance Museum: Aberdeen, Maryland
Calling all big kids! The Army Ordnance Museum is a playground for those who love rockets, tanks and bombs; and the great news is, is that there are a whole 25 acres full of them.
The entrance to the museum is guarded by 30-foot-tall bomb, which gives just a slight indication of what is to follow.
5. National Vigilance Park: Fort Meade, Maryland
Keeping with the theme of aircraft and bombs, the National Vigilance Park in Fort Meade is also guaranteed to be a hit with the big kids among us.
The centerpiece of the park if the C-130 aircraft, which encompasses everything this park is about.
Visited Maryland lately and come across any other strange attractions? Tell us about them in the comments below.
West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, but what it really should be known for is its wacky roadside attractions.
From what we have seen, it seems to have a bit of a thing for what lies underground, with secret caves and mystery holes frequenting several of the towns.
So what’s so fascinating about these kinds of attractions? Read on to find out more!
1. Mystery Hole: Ansted, West Virginia
While you may be a bit hesitant to enter a “mystery hole”, don’t be alarmed; this attraction isn’t really all that mysterious. The exterior is actually rather tacky, making this attraction the perfect addition to the theme of “America the Strange”.
We can’t actually share what’s in the mystery hole, so you’re just going to have to go check it out for yourselves.
It seems every state across the nation seems to have some “World’s Biggest” whatever, and West Virginia is no exception.
Enjoy a roadside cup of tea at, yep you guessed it, the “World’s Largest Teapot”. Measuring in at 12 feet high and 44 feet wide, this is one afternoon tea that without a doubt will stretch into the night.
3. John Brown Wax Museum: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Some say John Brown works better as a house-of-horrors wax museum, and after visiting this place, we would have to agree.
This museum tells John Brown’s life story, beginning in his childhood and ending with a scene of his execution by hanging. The museum is slightly morbid, but definitely with the entrance fee.
4. Lost World Caverns: Lewisburg, West Virginia
These lost caverns were made famous back in 1992 when claims of a “Bat Boy” living in these caves hit the tabloids. The large-eyed, fanged human child was said to have been raised by the bats in the cave that measures over a thousand feet long, and reaches 10 stories high.
Take a tour down under and then head up to the surface to explore the adjacent Natural History Museum, another great local attraction.
5. West Virginia State Farm Museum: Point Pleasant, West Virginia
This farm museum is home to many attractions you wouldn’t quite expect from an attraction of this kind. The highlight is without a doubt the “World’s Largest Stuffed Horse”, valued at an impressive $25,000 and attracting keen horse lovers from across the nation.
The rest is rather typical of an American farm with a log cabin, old school house, doctor’s office, blacksmith shop, barber’s house and post shop adding to the authenticity of the place.
Know of any other odd attractions in West Virginia? Let us know about them in the comments below.
As the birthplace to 8 U.S. presidents, it should come as to surprise to visitors that Virginia is proud of its political past and present. This is evident through the numerous museums and statues that are sprinkled throughout the town’s towns and cities, each of which pay homage to this political presence in a proud, though often just plain strange manner.
Weird and wacky is something the roadside attractions of Virginia do well. So join us as we uncover the strange places that can be found on the side of the road in this proud, but beautiful state.
1. Drug Enforcement Administration Museum: Arlington, Virginia
If you visit this museum in the hope of scoring or getting high, you will be sorely disappointed. This museum is actually hardcore intent on deterring this behavior, with its shock antics aimed to scare young children and disgust the older generations.
Experience the “modern pleasure drug culture”, head to “Jimmy’s Joint” or get caught up in a booby trap that was used in the marijuana fields back in the 80’s. This museum has it all.
This ten-storey shrine is dedicated to George Washington and everything he stood for by reminding the general public that he was the “guiding light of the American Republic”.
The memorial is tucked away in a museum that also houses precious artifacts like Washington’s Clock of Death and an ornate replica of the Ark of the Covenant. It may be slightly tacky, but it’s definitely worth a stop.
3. Dinosaur Kingdom: Natural Bridge, Virginia
Welcome to a world where humans and dinosaurs co-exist; at least until the humans get eaten!
This is a place where dinosaurs can rise again and we can mingle amongst them. Combine this with a somewhat comical interpretation of the war between the north and south and you have an attraction that is wacky enough to sink a ship, or at least bring down a T-Rex.
4. Enchanted Castle Studio: Natural Bridge, Virginia
Although gutted by a vicious fire back in 2001, some of this Enchanted Castle remains, much to the pleasure of those searching for strange and wacky statues and replicas.
Visit the large alien bug, tree trunks with twisted human faces, a Muffler man worked into a giant Transformer robot and King Kong clutching a biplane. As far as weird and wacky goes, this one takes the cake.
5. Haunted Monster Museum: Natural Bridge, Virginia
Set in a real, musty and dank old house, this haunted monster museum boasts every textbook cliché you could possibly think of.
Venture outside of the house into the “Freakout Forest” and you will stumble across a graveyard, a crashed plane and a rather unpleasant ogre eating a childe. Creepy to say the least!
Visited Virginia recently and come across any other strange roadside attractions? Let us know about them in the comments below.