Top 10 Weirdest Sights in America
America the beautiful, sure, but America the strange? You bet. We’ve dug up 10 weird sights in America that run the gamut from natural abnormalities (albino squirrels, displaced deserts) to the just out-and-out odd (gravity vortexes, mystery lights). Hit the road this summer and seek out the curious and entertaining oddities sprinkled across the nation (many are conveniently located off major highways). Set out to scratch your travel itch, but count on scratching your head, too.
Red eyes and snow-white fur make albino squirrels look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but in Olney, Ill., the rodents might as well be royalty. City laws give these rare white squirrels the right-of-way on every street (jay-walking permitted), and police prohibit visitors from leaving town with one of the estimated 111 colorless pets. Albino squirrels scurry down trees in towns nationwide (at least five other American towns boast similar populations), but Olney provides something of a safe haven for the animals, who don’t exactly blend in like their camouflaged counterparts. For guaranteed sightings, visit on Saturdays in October (this year’s schedule is set for Oct. 9, 16, and 23), when a citywide squirrel census takes place (volunteers actually go around counting the number of white and gray squirrels to keep track of the population). Otherwise, find a park bench at Olney City Park, scatter a few nuts on the ground, and wait, camera at the ready.
This thoroughly modern, automobile-themed take on England’s mysterious Stonehenge stacks 38 gray spray-painted cars up in a life-size replica of the ancient structure. Archeologists still don’t know why Druids built the original, but the origin of the Alliance, Neb., installation is straightforward. Fascinated by Stonehenge, artist Jim Reinders created this Midwestern version in 1987 as a memorial to his father, who lived on a farm where Carhenge now stands. The effort was no small feat: 35 of Reinders’ family members and friends rescued cars from nearby dumps and teamed up to build the structure, which meant burying some cars, trunk down, 5-feet deep in the soil. Today, the memorial is a weird, all-American road-trip destination with more than 80,000 tourists pulling off of Country Rd. 59 to snap photos of the vintage vehicles in the middle of a wheat field.