By Stashia Barnaba
Are you tired of seeing the same old vacation sites? Are you looking to get some traveling in without having to pay Disneyland prices? If you are traveling along the East Coast of the United States, here are 10 of the strangest places to visit.
Key Largo, FL – Jules Undersea Lodge
Have you slept underwater lately? Key Largo, FL hosts the first and only underwater hotel that invites you to literally sleep with the fishes. The underwater cottage is equipped with an entertainment center, enclosed shower/toilet, fully stocked kitchen, and telephone. What’s the catch? You’ll have to scuba dive to get there.
A disgruntled contractor took out his frustrations on the local historical society … with a paintbrush. The society’s design rules restricted the homeowner from making repairs as he saw fit so he painted one of the houses pitch black and the other with stripes and stars (resembling the American Flag).
Centralia is a ghost town in Pennsylvania. It is better known as the “Hot City” with a population of 10 people (2010) due to a mine fire that has been burning beneath the borough since 1962. Initially, Centralia appears forest-like but smoke and steam can be seen rising from abandoned roads.
Lynchburg, VA – Enema Museum
Believe it or not, the Fleet enema company came up with the idea to build a museum that displays an assortment of enema devices. If you so happen to be traveling through Virginia and plan to visit Lynchburg, you have to call ahead and make an appointment.
Seeing a Shell gas station is normal. Seeing a gas station shaped like a giant scallop shell … eh, not so much. In Winston Salem, North Carolina, this historical gas station is evidence of the advertising minds of the 1920s-1930s. The bright yellow-orange color draws attention as well.
This small Swiss chalet style building is fit for a witch as it hosts the work of local artist Cortlandt Hull. His love of old horror movies and complementary pieces attracts visitors during October. This museum contains original props and costumes along with wax statues of classic horror movie characters.
You probably wouldn’t notice the slight slant along the roof while driving by, but if you get an aerial view, you catch a glance of this guitar-shaped private residence. It was built by country western singer Elvis Carden, and was the inspiration for his album “Living in an Old Guitar.”
This is probably the closet anyone will get to the North Pole! Walk through the Candy Cane Forest or sit in the Sleigh Spin Ride at Santa’s Village in Jefferson, New Hampshire. The amusement park is winter-styles, but it’s a holly jolly place to visit any time of year.
Animated figures and shows every half hour make eating at the Jekyll and Hyde Club, like eating inside the Disney Haunted Mansion. Each of the four floors has a theme (Grand Salon, Library, Laboratory, and Attic) and the staff is dressed in costumes that accompany the overall feel of the restaurant.
Deptford, New Jersey – Backyard Fairy Garden
Inspired by Walt Disney cartoons, this backyard wonderland features castles, moats, towers, and bridges created from shells, rocks and broken china. The original designer of this Deptford, New Jersey treasure passed away in 1991, but it is maintained by his relatives on the Laux family home.