Unique & Unusual Places
When you travel do you wonder how some places got their unique and unusual character?
- Bandon, Oregon
- Bodie, California
- Cannon Beach, Oregon
- Death Valley in California
- Frankenmuth, Michigan
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Mackinac Island, Michigan
- Mitchell, South Dakota
- Nevada City, California
- Red Wing, Minnesota
- Solvang, California
- Virginia City, Nevada
You have places from the unique to the unusual to the bizarre. You have places from the quaint to the charming to out of the norm. Then you have places you have NO IDEA what to make of it!
Maybe you live in a town with character!
Lassen Volcanic National Park (Photo by RSheridan)
Unique to Unusual to Bizarre
A “True Western Ghost Town”. 1st You feel like your are in the middle of nowhere. 2nd The park’s history is interesting if not boderline eerie. 3rd You feel like you have stepped back in time. The park has a feeling of desertion and desolation and you stop and wonder “Where did all the people go?”. You almost want to step back in time during its heyday and really see it come to life.
Gas Station in Bodie (Photo by RSheridan)
Mitchell, South Dakota
Corn Palace Anyone? The exterior of the Corn Palace is decorated with real corn and other grains to form a mural or design.
For a town with a little over 15,000 people there is the Dakota Discovery Museum to explore too. The museum has the most complete and pristine collections of American Indian quill and bead works. The 1886 Victorian-Italianate home of the co-founder of the Corn Palace, Louis Beckwith, is located behind the museum. The Heritage Gardens Project which is bringing indigenous plants to the gardens surrounding the museum and historical buildings.
Virginia City, Nevada
Virginia City is the oldest established community in Nevada and the town struck it rich in 1859 with the Comstock Lode. A fun destination that is steeped with mining history, historic people and places and may have a ghost or two still hanging out. You may want to make an extra stop while in town and check out the cemetery – some old grave markers in there.
Quaint to Charming to Out of the Norm
Bandon, Oregon was not on the radar on the trip to Coos Bay and the Oregon Coast. Ended up in the town because of Bullards Beach State Park and the Coquille River Lighthouse – were on a lighthouse frenzy one day. I wanted to check out the town because it looked quaint and charming – love to explore unusual places! I went into this gift shop called The Flying Pig and came out with a beautiful, handcrafted crab ornament.
Coquille River Lighthouse
Welcome to the U.S. version of Bavaria. I have fond memories of Frankenmuth growing up, especially going into Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland for the first time. You will either become a Christmas addict or loathe Christmas after going through this place!
Red Wing, Minnesota
Red Wing Shoes or Stoneware Anyone? I spent some time biking the Cannon Valley Trail when I visited the area – great place to be outdoors and become one with nature. The architecture is an impressive draw for people who visit the town too. I enjoyed checking out the shops and antique stores.
Velkommen! Solvang is the Danish Capital of America. Anyone see the movie Sideways by chance??? I checked out the Hitching Post II to have a drink at the bar.
You want some danish goodness check out the bakeries in this town! I even went one step further and had potato pancakes while I was there too. Solvang is a great town to park and walk around to see the various shops, bakeries and restaurants. Remember to Check Out the Santa Barbara Wine Region when visiting this area!
Solvang (Photo by RSheridan)
Here’s a Fun Question! What Has Been the Most Interesting Place You Have Visited?