The Strangest Tourist Attraction in Every State

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New Mexico: Roswell
> Location: Roswell

The town of Roswell itself is a roadside attraction. The site of a purported UFO crash in 1947, it welcomes, tourists who can view makeshift spaceships, the International UFO Museum and Research Center (opened in 1992), and a bogus alien autopsy site. The McDonald’s in Roswell is shaped like a flying saucer, complete with Golden Arches, of course.

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New York: Secret Caverns
> Location: Albany

Just outside Albany, New York is the town of Howes Cave — home of the Secret Caverns. Hand-painted billboards from every direction point the way to the caverns, which contain an impressive underground 100-foot waterfall.

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North Carolina: World’s Largest Chest of Drawers
> Location: High Point

Originally built in 1926 by the High Point Chamber of Commerce to serve as the “bureau of information,” the chest of drawers has been rebuilt multiple times. The 38-foot-high dresser has two socks dangling out of one drawer and is proudly displayed in the middle of High Point, nicknamed the Furniture Capital of the World.

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North Dakota: Tommy the Turtle
> Location: Bottineau

Turtles and winter are not a combo that comes to mind – certainly not a snowmobile-riding turtle. But 30-foot-tall Tommy is the largest turtle of its kind in the world and straddles the largest snowmobile in the world (34 feet long) while guarding the entrance to Bottineau’s municipal tennis courts. He’s meant to be a symbol for the nearby Turtle Mountains.

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Ohio: World’s Largest Basket
> Location: Newark

This seven-story roadside basket is actually the corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Co., where hundreds of people work every day. The structure is 192 feet long and 126 feet wide at the bottom, and spreads to 208 feet long and 142 feet wide at the roofline. It was built in 1997 at a cost of $30 million.

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