The Winchester Mystery House, in San Jose, California, was built by the heir to the Winchester Rifle fortune. Paranoid that angry spirits killed by the rifles would haunt her, Sarah Winchester began a bizarre architecture project that would not be completed until she finally died 38 years later. Sarah would wake up in the morning and enter a s
A town in the middle of the desert devoted to outrageous excess, there is probably not a weirder place in America than Las Vegas, when you really think about it. And true to it's reputation, Sin City has some of the oddest travel destinations in America. One of the entertainers long associated with Vegas was the flamboyant, “perenial bachelor,” nudge nudge, wink wink, Liberace, who has his own museum dedicated to him in Vegas. Check out Liberace museum to see a collection of his outrageous stage costumes, including his purple royal cape, and his equally outrageous car collection, including his gold studded convertible. He was so successful, I wonder why he never married? And if you're looking for more interesting yet weird Vegas history, I've got the place for you. Have you ever wondered where those giant, flashing, neon signs that are attached to every building in Vegas go when they are retired? They're sent to the Neon Boneyard, part of the planned Vegas Neon Museum. Take a walking tour through the boneyard to catch a glimpse of giant pieces of Sin City history. Walk past a fifteen foot Silver Slipper, a giant genie lamp, and even a towering pool player and feel dwarfed by Sin City history that goes back more than 60 years. 10 of the most famous neon signs have been fully restored and shimmer during the night in downtown Vegas, as part of the Fremont Street Experience. Trips through the Boneyard are by reservation only, so call ahead for a tour. Next time you're in Sin City, take a break from the drinking, gambling, and clubing to check out some truly quirky destinations. The Craps Table will be waiting for you when you're done, I promise. I’m Liesel Hlista for TravelWishTV****. Keep watching for more quirky, odd, and outrageous American travel destinations. Distributed by Tubemogul.
The mysterious and prehistoric Stonehenge in England is one of the world's most fascinating
locations, so fascinating that many Americans have attempted to recreate their own versions in the US. Railroad exec Sam Hill had a scale model Stonehenge built in Maryhill, Washington, as a World War 1 memorial which was started in 1918 and took 12 years to complete. Nuberg, Georgia's “Georgia Guidestones” were paid for by a mysterious man with a fake name, “RC Christian,” who gave 50,000 dollars to a granite company to follow his design instructions. Christian left a model in a shoebox and was never heard from again. Stonehenge II in Kerrville, Texas is a meticulously designed, 60 percent scale replica of the original Stonehenge, and it rests next to replicas of the stone heads from Easter Island. But perhaps quirkiest of all are three stonehenges not made of stone at all. Foamhenge, in Natual Bridge, Virgina took just about a day to sculpt and put together... mostly because it's made of foam. Stonefridge in Santa Fe, New Mexico took nine years to complete, and is made up of 200 refrigerators stacked 18 feet high in a circle. And perhaps strangest of all is Carhenge, in Alliance, Nebraska. 38 broken down cars were rescued from the junkyard and turned into a surral stonehenge recreation. The cars have been pained a flat gray in order to look more like the original, and Carhenge is now made up of 100 percent American vehicles. Two foregin cars were recently replaced by modles built in Detroit, while the centerpiece “Heel Stone” is a 1962 Cadillac. That's a way to get more mileage out of a busted down vehicle. Check the web to find out where the nearest Stonehenge to you is located. I’m Liesel Hlista for TravelWishTV****. Keep watching for more quirky, odd, and outrageous American travel destinations. Distributed by Tubemogul.
extreme religious beliefs and competition to be bigger and better. The larger than life Jesus at the Mormon visitor's center in Salt Lake City Utah comes complete with the belief that Jesus visited the area after his resurrection, an American pitstop not covered by any other Christian texts. Christ of the Deep in Key Largo, Florida, is a nine foot tall Christ statue that is sunken in 25 foot deep water, and it's a popular site for underwater weddings. Only in Florida. And a 62 foot tall Jesus explodes from the dirt from his waist up at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio. But the most impressive American Jesus statue is probably The Christ of the Ozarks, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The behemoth, seven story, two million pound Christ is described as the “world's tallest Uncrucified Jesus,” and he stands vigil outside of a giant amphitheater, where a four hour nightly Passion Play pays tribute to the big J. The statue was completed in 1966, and according to the Chuch's “Story of the Building of the Great Statue,” each wrist can support the weight of up to three cars without any damage. And that's a miracle that not even the real Jesus could pull off. I’m Liesel Hlista for TravelWishTV****. Keep watching for more quirky, odd, and outrageous American travel destinations. Distributed by Tubemogul.
65 million years ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but you can still catch a glimpse of these giant beats... as concrete and wooden roadside attractions. Multiple “dinosaur parks” are still littered throughout the US countryside, attracting curious tourists with their awe inspiring size, and sometimes comically unscientific look. Rapid City, South Dakota's Dinosaur Park is at the top of the hill and features large scale dinos that have a more cartoonish than accurate look to them. These replica prehistoric beasts have been overlooking Rapid City for over 70 years. For forty years, sculptor E.V. Nelson has been crafting dinos with surreal colors at the Prehistoric Gardens in Port Orford, Oregon, which is located in a genuine American rain forest. Fellow dino crafter Jeff “Fish” Wells has been making the creatures since 1981 at the Wells Dinosaur Haven in Uncasville, Connecticut. His proudest creation is a full scale T-Rex made from a submarine hull, and the Rex rocks out with oversized mandolin held in it's arms and mouth. And how could you expect to find quirky American attractions in small towns without running into a little religious fanaticism along with your dinos? At the Dinosaur Gardens Prehistoric Gardens Zoo in Ossineke, Michigan, visitors are greeted by a statue of Jesuss. Then those brave enough to enter the over 70 year old so called zoo will walk through a historically inaccurate yet well crafted display of dinos interacting with cavemen. At the end of your tour, enter the belly of a Apatosaurus statue, where you'll find a heart shaped Jesus inside. And the two dinos known as the Cabazon Monsters in Cabazon, California have recently had their own Christian conversion. Located in the middle of the desert and clearly visible from the highway, Dinny, the Apatosaurus and his unnamed T-Rex neighbor took a decade each to build and became pop culture icons in the 80s, appearing in “Pee Wee's Big Adventure,” “The Wizard,” and various commercials. They were recently purchased by a fundamentalist group who replaced all the scientific dino information in the gift shop located in Dinny's belly with anti evolution propaganda. Which is ironic, because the anti evolution info is inside a dinosaur, which does not appear in the bible. Don't think about it too hard. But if you want to stand next to full sized models of the great beats who once walked the Earth, there are plenty of dino parks across the US. I’m Liesel Hlista for TravelWishTV****. Keep watching for more quirky, odd, and outrageous American travel destinations. Distributed by Tubemogul.
Giant monuments to superheroes and mythological characters, recreations of Stonehenge made of old cars, and giant coffee pots...lots of giant coffee pots for some strange reason... litter America's highways. That's why we're going to take a look at some of the most offbeat destinations in America. And nothing says all American quirk quite like a visit to the home of the King of Rock and Roll. That's right, Elvis's Graceland mansion, in Memphis Tennessee. His former home has been converted into a monument to the eccentric super star, with a walking museum tour through his trophy room, shooting range, and car collection. There is even a room dedicated to The King's over the top, sequined jumpsuits he wore on stage. Towards the end of the tour, you can visit his meditation garden, where Elvis himself is buried. Visitors are not allowed upstairs, where The King's bedroom remains untouched since the day of his death. And if you're looking for a place to stay while in Memphis for your Elvis experience, check in to The Heartbreak Hotel, a King inspired boutique right down the road from Graceland. Check out one of their themed suites, including the “Graceland Suite,” designed to feel like you are living in the mansion, the art deco Hollywood suite which tips a hat to Elvis's movies, or the Gold and Platinum suite, themed after Elvis's musical triumphs. And if you're feeling frisky, check in for two to the Burning Love room, named after The King's 1972 hit and meant to make you feel like a romantic idol on the level of Elvis himself. So get on down to Graceland and the Heartbreak Hotel for a true slice of American weirdness. Thank you very much (Elvis impresion.) I’m Liesel Hlista for TravelWishTV****. Keep watching for more quirky, odd, and outrageous American travel destinations. Distributed by Tubemogul.
We've been talking about offbeat American vacation pit stops, and the historic town of Deadwood, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, doesn't get anymore offbeat or American. The hisorical site where Wild Bill Hicock died and Calamity Jane spent time living in was a den of sin during the old West. As depicted in the highly acclaimed HBO series “Deadwood,” the town was full of cursing, fighting, corruption, hookers, gambling, and lots and lots of drinking. Which is why the modern “gambling halls” which fill Deadwood's 200 year old buildings with slot machines and table games are not disrespectful to the town's history, but actually completely accurate to it. The many wild parties in Deadwood, such as their Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day weekends, are the stuff of drinking legend. And if you're travelin' with the young 'uns, there's still plenty of non R-rated fun to be had in Deadwood. The town features multiple historical museums and the Mount Moriah Cemetary, where Wild Bill himself rests. Deadwood is also conveniently close to Mount Rushmore, if you feel like taking a day trip to see the faces of some dead presidents. But if you want to visit a place that reminds you why they called it the “wild” west, Deadwood is the place to drop in. Just make sure you drink some strong whiskey if you want to fit in. I’m Liesel Hlista for TravelWishTV****. Keep watching for more quirky, odd, and outrageous American travel destinations. Distributed by Tubemogul.
High society members Andrew and Abby Borden were found murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts in August of 1892. Both of their skulls had been crushed in, and police thought the hatchet they discovered in the basement was the murder weopon. Their 32 year old daughter, Lizzy Borden, who lived in the house with her parents, was the prime suspect, but she was aqquited and the murders were never solved. Over 100 years after the murders, the scene of the grisly crime has been converted into a quaint, yet macabre, bed and breakfast. When guests arrive, they are greeted by a hatchet with “Welcome” pained on it in blood red. And a darkly funny sign inside cautions “please be careful; we've already had two fatal head injuries in the house.” Photos of the horrifying murder scene are hung in the rooms where they were taken, showing how carefully restored the house has been, and guests love to pose and recreate the gruesome scene. Creepy close encounters like phantom footfall sounds and strangely unnatural wind guts are commonly reported, especially when guests use the Ouija Board in the sitting room. Abby Borden's death room, where her body was discovered, in the most popular room in the B and B. It was auctioned off for over 400 dollars on the night of the murder's anniversary this year. And the adjacent Borden Carriage house has been converted into a gift shop which sells hatchet shaped soaps, key chains, and earrings, while grusome Lizzie Borden bobbleheads sell like hot cakes. Check in to this gloriously tasteless and creepy B and B if you dare, but good luck getting a good night's sleep there. Though, if you do survive, I heard the eggs they serve in the morning are to die for. I’m Liesel Hlista for TravelWishTV****. Keep watching for more quirky, odd, and outrageous American travel destinations. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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