The Strangest Tourist Attraction in Every State

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South Dakota: Petrified Wood Park
> Location: Lemmon

Amateur geologists and architects will be fascinated by the petrified wood park. It was built from 1930 to 1932 and takes up an entire block of Lemmon’s Main Street. Walking through the cone-shaped trees, all made of pieces of petrified wood. It towers soar up to 20 feet, and features a castle composed of petrified wood and petrified dinosaur and mammoth bones.

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Tennessee: Titanic Museum
> Location: Pigeon Forge

This 30,000-square-foot replica of the doomed ocean liner and museum is worth a drive-by alone, but inside, tourists can dip their hands into 28-degree water to feel how cold the ocean was when unfortunate people fell in, enter a recreation of the first-class dining room, and view hundreds of real artifacts from the ship.

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Texas: Glass-Walled public toilets
> Location: Sulphur Springs

If you need to make a comfort stop on a road trip in Texas, consider stopping at Sulphur Springs. The town installed two all-glass public bathrooms in 2012 don’t worry – it’s one-way glass), the first of their kind in the United States. The loos cost the town $54,000 apiece.

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Utah: Hole ‘N’ The Rock
> Location: 12 miles south of Moab

Far from a natural geologic formation, the Hole N” The Rock is a 14-room, 5,000-square-foot house carved out of stone that now serves as an odd museum and trading post containing a zoo, antique tools and mining equipment, Native American pottery, and a metal sculpture exhibit.

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Vermont: Bread and Puppet Museum
> Location: Glover

Housed in a large vintage barn in Glover is a collection of puppets dating from 1963. The collection spans two floors and many dark hallways, all packed with puppets of various sizes – some massive and angelically white, others elaborately painted with menacing faces, and some wearing suits with no faces. What about the bread? The museum houses the collection of the Bread & Puppet Theater, a puppet theater with a radical political bent, founded in New York City in 1962 and now headquartered in Glover.

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