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The US is home to some incredibly weird and wacky things. I fact, we have almost dedicated our entire blog to it!
For those among us who enjoy things that are just a little bit strange, this new guide to the Odd Attractions of the US will be just the treat. Covering all the states and regions of the US, this brand new guide will take you to some of the strangest destinations and attractions that call America home.
So come along for the Jurnii and start exploring the weird and wacky of the US today!
Behold a land where objects fashioned out of recycled metal farm implements roam free.
It may not sound like a premise for a blockbuster movie, but it’s none the less a place worth digging in to.
Montana Testicle Festival
Tantalize your taste buds at the Montana Testicle Festival: home to the tastiest testicles in town. The annual event attracts a titillating 10,000 people all seeking to sample the world’s finest bull testicles in a testy festy fashion.
One of Route 66’s more offbeat attractions, Tinkertown blends folk art with nostalgia and is an unbeatable display of items from the mid-west, packed into a confusing structure that will leave you in awe of just how wacky some people can be.
Vent Haven: Ventriloquist Museum
Ventriloquism is something that has intrigued the public for many years, and as fascinating as it may be, many of us are still wary of just what these “dummies” can do. This museum really puts you right in the thick of it, as you walk through endless rooms of silently grinning dolls, it’s hard not to get a slight feeling of the “heebie-jeebies” and wonder just what’s going on in their little wooden heads.
While many haunted houses tend to be on the corny and cheesy side, the Ghost Outpost in Wisconsin Dells tries to move past this and create an experience that will truly terrify its visitors; emphasis on the “tries”.
Museum of Bad Art
There aren’t too many art galleries one would visit expecting to see bad art; but this place is one of them. While some would consider the artwork here masterpieces, most would agree it’s tragic beyond words and there is no other place for it.
Bread and Puppet Museum
Home to some truly creepy puppets, this museum takes weird and wacky to a whole new level. Many of the puppets here are deformed, adding to their creepiness, making for a perfectly freaky day out.
Think we’ve missed some? Check out our Guide to Odd Destinations in the US to find out.
Here at Jurnii we like our things odd. In fact, we have dedicated an entire series of blogs to the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful attractions of the US.
Now, we’ve taken it one step further and have branched out to strange festivals. Sure, attractions are nice and interesting to look at, but a festival allows you to immerse yourself in the weird and wacky and make your strangest fantasies a reality.
So why not take a look at our brand new guide to America’s Oddest Festivals? But in the meantime, here’s a taste of what you can expect:
Tattoo-clad bodies unite each year in Tampa at the annual Tattoofest to compare ink and add to their collection. This festival attracts a rare kind of crowd, but don’t let that deter you. With competitions and entertainment throughout the day, there is enough to keep visitors amused for hours.
Not a fan of fruitcake? Well there’s no better way to get rid of it than at the annual Fruitcake Toss festival in Manitou Springs. Either throw or catapult the damn thing as far as you can, before checking out the art show or taking part in a relay.
International Rotten Sneaker Contest
Definitely one of America’s more strange festivals, the Rotten Sneaker Contest allows participants to content for the smelliest shoes, with the winner having their prized possessions placed in the prestigious “Hall of Fume”.
Interstate Mullet Toss
If you get your kicks throwing fish around, boy is this festival perfect for you. Competition heats up every year in April, where the person who can throw a one-and-a-half-pound fish the furthest, wins the title of the day!
World Cow Chip Throwing Contest
Cow chip throwing is a popular past time throughout the state of Oklahoma but the concentration of experts can be found within the town of Beaver. The stories you will hear are all true, so when you visit be prepared to duck to avoid the need for facial reconstruction.
Pillow Fighting World Championships
While it may not be your traditional pillow fighting, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun. This festival is all about getting dirty…literally. Throw in some pillows, good food and hilarious entertainment and you’ve got yourself one festival you really don’t want to miss.
Intrigued? Check out Jurnii’s guide to America’s Oddest Festivals to find out more!
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.