For the Love of the Weird
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
They're not the kind of place to look for in a guidebook. You'll happen upon them on rural backroads or hear whispers from locals. They're weird destinations and we love them for that.
789 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, USA
Atlanta is, much to many locals' despair, known as the Strip Club Capital of the South. And if there is an old, incumbent mayor of this capital, her name is the Clermont Lounge. The Clermont Motor Hotel was built in 1924 but has since been...
19200 SW 344th St, Homestead, FL 33034, USA
Should you find yourself on the backroads of Homestead, Florida, the gateway to the Everglades, you'll come upon open fields and vineyards. It's here that a roadside stand displays the bold lettering: "Robert is Here." But who is Robert? And...
Athens, GA 30601, USA
R.E.M. was one of the top musical acts to make it out of the small town of Athens, Georgia, and arguably out of the whole state. The band made the area famous, especially when they chose a specific photo for the back cover of their 1983 album...
1200 Glynn Ave, Brunswick, GA 31520, USA
Shrimp boats are an important part of the culture of coastal regions and this is no different in the Golden Isles of Georgia. As an avid seafood lover, I was excited to board the Lady Jane shrimping boat based out of Brunswick. Our guide, Phil, is...
Inland Ave, Empire, CA 95357, USA
Google as much as you want but you won't find an address for this secret desert diorama in the middle of nowhere Joshua Tree, CA. You will, however, get directions e-mailed to you, but only if you book! Walking into the grounds you enter a...
Year round there is a fantastic little fake wave constructed on the south side of the garden where people can take turns catching a few waves far from the real tide. Even if you are no Johnny Tsunami, stopping by to watch is just as gnarly. Hang...
48 S Park Square NE, Marietta, GA 30060, USA
I've lived in Marietta for most of my life and spent many days wandering past the Australian Bakery Cafe before going in. I assumed that they served all sorts of weird delicacies, like kangaroo. But before moving to Australia for a year, I went in...
6300 W Touhy Ave, Niles, IL 60714, USA
I know, you're asking yourself, 'When did they put a reflecting pool in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa?' Weird question, with an even weirder answer. This tilted structure is located in Niles, IL and is a recreational park for employees of the...
Tulsa Expo Center, 4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, OK 74114, USA
The 76 foot tall Golden Driller was originally built, and temporarily displayed for the 1953 International Petroleum Exposition then permanently constructed in 1966 for the same event as a tribute to the men of the petroleum industry. There is...
118 S 2nd St, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
At the historic Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis,TN, every morning, 5 ducks (North American mallards) clamber down from their rooftop Royal Duck Palace. They ride the elevator down several flights to the lobby floor. Accompanied by the Duck...
Crossville, TN 38571, USA
About twenty years ago, landscaper Horace Burgess felt a call from God to build the world's largest tree house. I can't say that what he built is the world's largest, but it's definitely impressive. The house is built around half a dozen trees and...
3026 US-441, Tiger, GA 30576, USA
When driving through the North Georgia Mountains, you'll be bombarded with signs advertising something called "Goats on the Roof." Intrigued, you stop, and find exactly as advertised: Goats. On a roof. Owners of the roadside store were looking for...
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