When you're visiting a new place, it can be a lot of fun to see some of the interesting tourist destinations in the area. From museums to historic sites and parks, there are a lot of them all over the US. But some of them are really popular and, let's be honest, a little bit overrated. Because of that, there are some places that we're just not interested in seeing.
Along with the more overrated and over-visited tourist destinations around the US, there are also quite a few tourist destinations that don't get so much attention. They're a little bit on the unusual side and a lot more interesting.
To see 10 unusual tourist destinations around the US, keep reading!
No, that's not a typo. This tiny museum is located in an elevator shaft in New York City and is called Mmuseumm, pronounced as "museum." What will you see in Mmuseumm? Well, it depends. It changes regularly and, just like the location, features things that are typically overlooked and wouldn't typically be considered extraordinary enough to be put into a museum.
Mmuseumm is big enough to fit three people at a time and features a selection of different things that change out periodically. But the items on display aren't random, the different exhibits that rotate through Mmuseumm shine a light on society and different aspects of humanity.
9 New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
Voodoo is a huge part of the culture and history of the city of New Orleans. This city is known for being a little spooky and mysterious and their history in the world of voodoo is definitely on board with the rest of their strange and mysterious past.
If you are interested in learning more about the dark underside of New Orleans' history and voodoo, visiting the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is definitely something that has to go on your travel bucket list. All kinds of antique artifacts are on display and show the history of voodoo.
8 The Witch House Of Salem
Salem, Massachusetts is a historic town that has become best-known throughout history for one unfortunate period of time: The Salem Witch Trials. Many people who are interested in history, witchcraft, and all things spooky visit Salem because of this, but there's one place in Salem that can't be missed.
The Witch House of Salem is a house in Salem, Massachusetts that was once home to Jonathan Corwin. During the Witch Trials in the 17th century, Corwin was one of the judges in charge of finding alleged witches guilty. Today, his home is the last building in Salem with direct ties to this point in history.
7 The Echo Park Time Travel Mart
Planning to take a trip through time? Make sure you stock up on plenty of robot emotions for your trip to the future or take a spare Victorian iPad for your trip back in time. Where can you get these items? From the Time Travel Mart in Los Angeles, California, of course!
This non-profit convenience store is a novelty store dedicated to selling everything a time traveler could ever need. Whether it's dinosaur eggs or Viking deodorant, this store sells it all. All the proceeds from this novelty store go straight to 826LA, so on top of being totally hilarious, this store supports a good cause.
6 House Of Eternal Return
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the House of Eternal Return is a mysterious and unique tourist destination. It's part-maze, part-art installation, and part-interactive story for visitors to experience. It's a permanent art installation that spans over 20,000 feet. Visitors who come here are only given one piece of information about the storyline before they're set free: The Selig family used to live here and then something happened. What was it?
That's what visitors have to figure out. Visitors get to wander through this house, explore all the unique details, and find all the secrets hidden here. If you're someone that likes escape rooms but wants more of the story and less of the puzzle-solving, the House of Eternal Return is perfect.
5 Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Thousands of years ago, Native Americans were drawn to this part of Colorado in order to collect clay and see the natural wonders that this area has. Today, Paint Mines Interpretive Park is a unique natural landmark that draws in visitors from around the world because of the bright colors and unique landscape.
Camping and motor vehicles are strictly forbidden here, as is climbing on the formations and taking rocks or clay home. Paint Mines Interpretive Park has looked this way for a long time and we definitely want it to stay as natural and beautiful as it is now. Because of this, visitors are encouraged to stay on the path as they walk through and take nothing but photos for Instagram.
4 Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
Just about everyone has been through a funhouse in an amusement park or carnival. They're a maze of mirrors and windows and it's just about impossible to see where you're going or how to get to the end - but in the most fun way imaginable.
In San Francisco, there's an insane mirror maze just like those, but way cooler. Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze may look unassuming on the outside but once you go inside, you're greeted with a maze of bright, neon colors in the dark building. Making your way through this maze of mirrors and bright colors is challenging but fun.
3 Mütter Museum
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the Mütter Museum. This museum is one that is definitely not for the faint of heart or people that want to avoid all things creepy. This museum is dedicated to the body, to diseases, and to the wonders of medicine.
The museum opened in the mid-19th century and has been located in the same place since then. The walls are lined with bones, bodies, and skulls. Skeletons of people that lost their lives to rare diseases and people that lived with medical anomalies are on display here.
2 The Neon Boneyard
Las Vegas is a city that's known for its bright, neon signs that are outside of casinos, hotels, and restaurants. Neon signs have come and gone over the years, but people don't often consider what happens to the ones that are taken down and replaced.
Many of them are taken to The Neon Boneyard. This is a place where old neon signs that are no longer being used around Sin City are left. Many of them still light up and are turned on at night for visitors. This unique piece of Las Vegas history is a popular tourist destination for people that love the look of these signs and want to experience a bit of Vegas history.
1 Loved To Death
For people that like to shop for the stranger things in life, Loved to Death in San Francisco is an excellent place to visit. This store was featured on the Science Channel's series Oddities: San Francisco but has been a popular tourist destination for some time, even for people that haven't seen that show.
This store sells everything unusual. From jewelry to antiques, Loved to Death has it all. The store used to sell a lot of unique pieces of taxidermy but has since stopped in an effort to support ethical sourcing in the oddities community, though. Still, jewelry, artwork, and antiques are on display in this store.