Special Report

The Strangest Tourist Attraction in Every State

Virginia: The Great Stalacpipe Organ
> Location: Luray

The Great Stalacpipe Organ is located inside the Luray Caverns near Shenandoah National Park. Instead of using pipes, the organ is wired to soft rubber mallets poised to gently strike stalactites of varying lengths and thicknesses. Leland W. Sprinkle created the organ by finding and shaving appropriate stalactites to produce specific notes; it can be heard anywhere within the cavern.

Washington: Wild Horses Monument
> Location: Quincy

This unfinished art installation by David Govedare is called “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies.” Currently composed of 15 steel horses along a high ridge, each weighing about 1,000 pounds, the sculpture was initially supposed to include a tipped-over 36-foot-tall basket, from which the horses would be emerging. According to the artist, the basket represents Grandfather, the Great Spirit.

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West Virginia: Mystery Hole
> Location: Anstead

The Mystery Hole bills itself as a gravity-defying wonder. It includes attractions such as balls that roll uphill and a Volkswagen Beetle, chopped in half, seemingly crashed into the side of the building. Original owner Donald Wilson “discovered” the hole’s mysterious powers in the 1970s and set up a kitschy tourist attraction that fell on hard times in the 1990s, but new owners are restoring it.

Wisconsin: Upside-down White House
> Location: Wisconsin Dells

Just like the real White House, you’ll need a guide to take you through the Top Secret Inc. house resting on its roof in the Wisconsin Dells.

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Wyoming: Ames Brothers Pyramid
> Location: Buford

The Ames Brothers were two swindlers – a railroad president and his congressman brother – who got rich selling shovels to gold-miners, then inflated railroad construction costs to make another $50 million off of taxpayers. In the 1880s, after their deaths, Union Pacific Railroad built the 60-foot-tall pyramid as a monument to the two. Since then, the nearby railroad was pulled up and the pyramid now stands crumbling, miles away from any paved roads.

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