Everyone Thinks These Are The Weirdest Cities In America

Are you looking for a new place to visit and enjoy the local culture? Are you looking for a vacation spot that is out of the ordinary? If this is the case, you should know that the United States is an extensive country that features a wide range of cultures and places, making it a unique travel destination! Here’s a list of the 20 quirkiest cities in America which you can’t miss out of, especially if you’re longing a special, unusual experience. Don’t miss #17, #6, and #1!

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#20. Atlanta

Every September, a spectacular event called Lantern Parade takes place in Atlanta. This event has become one of Atlanta’s newest and most popular traditions, and it is part of the Art on the BeltLine exhibit. It was created by an architect that goes by the name “Chantelle Rytter and the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons”.

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But apart from this unusual festivity, Atlanta is a beautiful city worth exploring and the local people are well known for their hospitality as well as their tasty dinners and brunches. Don’t forget to visit the West Egg Café, where they serve breakfast the 24 hours of the day! Also, you have to try the local restaurants’ different varieties of chicken and waffle. So, to sum up… a unique festival, really good food, and nice people make Atlanta one of the best options to visit.

#19. Louisville

If you are a bowling super fan, you need to visit Louisville in Kentucky, where the annual Lebowski Fest was born. The idea was created after the release of the Coen brothers cult-favorite film The Big Lebowski, and believe it or not, every year this fest attracts thousands of people from every part of the world.

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You will enjoy music by Paul & The Tall Trees, unlimited bowling, weird contests, and many surprises during the most famous event for bowling players. There are many interesting options for foodies, like the Vernon Lanes, where you can try more than 300 types of bourbon as well as some of the signature dishes of the city.

#18. Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the most visited cities in America and not only for its rich history (let’s not forget that this city is related to the founding fathers of the Nation and the Liberty Bell). There are many options for visitors and locals alike, such as The Mutter Museum. This museum is definitely a must-visit, where you can see the most extensive collection of the city’s world-famous physicians.

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If you re interested in history, you can visit the Eastern State Penitentiary where Al Capone once lived. Philly is also known for its local food, not for nothing the city won a gold medal for its pizza. There many other food options, like the classic Felix Huppert (gruyère cheese and caramelized onions) and the Buffy Ernst (whit Buffalo wing sauce).

#17. Los Angeles

If you’re looking for a big metropolitan city full of blinding lights and show-business, then Los Angeles is the perfect option. If you like fashion and runways, there are exhibitions in the neighborhoods of Venice and Beverly Hills. Also, the nightlife is unique and there are literally hundreds of signature bars and nightclubs.

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The variety of food is one of LA’s strengths too, and you’ll find some interesting options like baklava croissants and rabbit terrines. Don’t miss the 70s-themed bar Good Times at Davey Wayne’s, or the artisanal-cocktail-rich The Edison. Last but not least, don’t forget to visit the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, one of the most famous ones around the world!

#16. Nashville

This Tennessee city is the country music capital of America, but it is also the home of the only American Parthenon. Built in 1827, Nashville features a replica of the Greek Parthenon, and inside you can take a look at an exhibition of American paintings.

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This town features several other interesting cultural activities, like The Dukes Of Hazzard and the Goerge Jones museums. If you want to see something new, try Santa’s Pub, the only dive bar in Nashville.

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#15. Houston

If you are interested in nature and love being around plants and animals, then Houston is a perfect destination for you. Also, it’s perfect for families! The Houston Zoo offers many activities and many exhibitions which you can visit, like The African Forest, the Bird Habits, the Carruth Natural Encounters, and the Giraffe Feeding Platform.

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You can also take a souvenir from the zoo that you’ll never forget: a unique and beautiful painting made by an elephant, a jaguar or a withe-faced saki. If you’re more of a city-lover, then take a walk through Westheimer Road, and don’t miss the famous sandal shop Tejas Custom Boots.

#14. Portland

Portland, Maine, is a beautiful, fairy-tale city, which receives thousands of tourists from around the world year after year. It offers a rich variety of restaurants, like the Holy Donut, where you can try the lobster-stuffed or the potato-stuffed donuts.

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The city offers plenty of interesting cultural activities, like the International Cryptozoology Museum, located downtown, where you can see the incredible Bigfoot, the snowmen, and the thylacine at the same place! The museum also features an example of a carnivorous marsupial, so it’s a must-visit for science lovers!

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#13. Pittsburgh

If you like art and you are interested in exploring new bohemian areas, Pittsburgh is the best option. To begin with, it’s the homebirth of famous contemporary artists like Andy Warhol and Randy Gibson. The colorful murals and unique streets will make you fall in love with the city. And if you like visual or performing arts, there are many theaters, galleries, and public art installations that you’ll definitely enjoy.

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Pittsburgh is a perfect destination for holidays because there are dozens of outdoor activities you can choose from, like taking a bike, trolley, boat or bus tour. There are more than 90 neighborhoods to explore! Also, if you are a sports fan you should go to a game of the Steelers, Penguins or Pirates!

#12. St. Paul And Minneapolis

The Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis are considered two of the top destinations for young people in all America, as well as one of the best cities in the country to live in. Surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, the city offers a lot of outdoor activities and places to visit, like the Minneapolis Institute Of Art and the State Capitol.

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If you like burgers, you should bear in mind that Juicy Lucies offers a wide variety and it is ranked as one of the best burger restaurants in America. You should also give Tiny Diner a try, where you shouldn’t miss the “Functional Fungi” burger. Last but not least, visit Bryant Lake Bowls, where you can play some bowling while at the same time enjoying some storytelling, dancing, and poetry shows.

#11. Tampa

Located on the Gulf Coast, Tampa is definitely a city that offers a lot of fun activities which you can enjoy with your friends or family. First, the city is full of botanical gardens, flea markets, restaurants and attractions like the Busch Gardens Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo and the historic Ybor City neighborhood.

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During the Gasparilla season, some parades and festivals celebrate the centuries-old pirate history. Surrounded by music, really good food, and nice people, this is one of America’s finest seasons, and it takes place from January to March, so this is the time you wanna visit!

#10. New York City

NYC is probably one of the most visited cities in America and in the whole world. The transportation system works all-day, so you can tour through the city whenever you want. After all, people call it “The city that never sleeps” for a reason!

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Most people head towards Times Square on their first night, but you should know that there are dozens of more unique places to visit. For example, visit the Coney Island Circus Sideshow where you can see contortionists and fire-eaters. There are even more extravagant places like the Earth Room, a gallery in SoHo, and the Elevator Historical Society Museum in Queens.

#9. Seattle

Seattle is well-known for the number of dogs that live and join the tourists in every street corner. Dog lovers, here’s a tip you must know: Norm’s Eatery & Ale House allows you to share a table with a dog! But Seattle is also a great spot for foodies, and if you’re into pastry, then you must try something out at Scraps Dog Bakery.

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This city features many interesting landmarks, like Space Needle, which was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, and the Seattle Center Monorail, where you can go on a city tour between skyscrapers. If you are interested in art, visit the Museum Of Pop Culture.

#8. Kansas City

There is a saying that says “Kansas has it all“, and it’s not wrong at all! Its capital, Kansas City, is close to several unique natural sites that offer numerous outdoor activities, while also features some interesting landmarks, such as zoos, aquariums, and beautiful lakes.

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But Kansas City is a great destination for culture lovers as well. The 1950s All-Electric House is a must-visit, where you’ll feel as if you were traveling to the future. Another interesting site is the Arabia Steamboat Museum, where you can see the most extensive collection of artifacts from the pre-Civil War period. Don’t miss the opportunity to have a coffee in some of the city’s many antique coffee shops!

#7. Baltimore

Art exhibitions, museums, historic buildings and music, all concentrated in only one city… Baltimore is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting cities in America. The variety of museums include The American Visionary Art Museum, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, The Baltimore Museum Of Industry and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum Of African American History & Culture. 

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If you’re not a museum lover, don’t you worry, because the city offers a wide variety of other cultural activities you can choose from. For instance, you can visit Hampden and go to Atomic Books where you can meet the famous director John Waters. You can also head towards Eightbar, a famous bookstore which also offers beer and gourmet soda.

#6. San Francisco

San Francisco is the cultural and commercial heart of Northern California and is the second most visited destination in the US. The city is famous for its great food and restaurants. Foodies, you can’t miss the San Francisco Champagne Society and The Interval.

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There are many ways to explore a city, like traveling by public transport or going on a private tour, but in San Francisco, the best way is simply by taking a Wild SF Walking Tour. The tour’s itineraries will take you through the most charming neighborhoods, like Russian Hill and North Beach.

#5. Albuquerque

Of course, this list wouldn’t be the same without New Mexico’s most iconic city, Albuquerque. To begin with, the city features wonderful landscapes with striking natural beauty, like the Sandia Peak Tramway, which is almost 11,000 feet above sea level! But this doesn’t end here.

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However, it’s also a great spot for foodies, and Rebel Donuts offers a unique faux-meth-sprinkle Blue Sky Donut! You should also consider taking the Trolley’s Bad Tour, where you’ll feel as if you were a Breaking Bad character. If you’re up for an unusual experience, then sleep in the Hotel Parq Central, which used to be a psychiatric hospital! The hotel also offers a selection of bittersweets and Aztec chocolate.

#4. Providence

Providence is known for its historical roots and its cultural heritage. The city is not only ideal for history lovers but also for those who enjoy architecture and exploring modern cities. It’s also full of parks, zoos, and other outdoor places.

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Providence is also a hotspot for theater lovers. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the all-puppet Big Nazo Theater, and check out the Extraordinary Rendition Band. The city is also known because of its burgers and sandwiches, and we highly recommend going to Olneyville New York System where you can have the best hot-dogs.

#3. Portland

The largest city of Oregon, Portland, is considered one of the greenest cities in the world and offers a lot of outdoor and indoor activities. If you want to learn more about the history and culture of Portland, you should visit The Oregon Museum Of Science And Industry, but if you want to have some fresh air, go walking through Washington Park.

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If you want to see something new and incredible, head towards the MadeHere PDX, where you’ll find some pretty bizarre objects for sale. Coffee is really important for this city, so if you have a free afternoon, go to Coava and enjoy a cup of coffee. Don’t forget to go to Jacobsen Salt and try the Smoked Cherrywood or Stumptown Coffee Flake salts.

#2. Austin

Known for its bars, food-trucks, and parks, Austin is a city that attracts many tourists every year. If you want to explore the city, we recommend you to go to Sfanthor on South Congress, a wax museum that celebrates the most important people from the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres.

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If you miss Christmas, don’t worry! At Lala’s, it’s Christmas the whole year, and you can order a good old Shiner beer. If you want to try the best local food, we recommend you to go to Little Longhorn Saloon or Javeline on Rainey.

#1. New Orleans

Our list wouldn’t be complete without New Orleans and its nonstop festivals and voodoo shops! Known for its funerals, the Fermin Festival, and the Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans is a city that never sleeps and offers a lot of activities for tourists and locals alike.

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If you visit New Orleans, you’ll find something different to do every day. For instance, you can take a VooDoo massage at the Ritz-Carlton or try the NOLA Social Rides, which is a bike tour which includes live music in every stop. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the French Quarter and enjoy the music from some of the jazz clubs.

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