Planning the Perfect Summer Adventure: Best Roadside “Mystery” Spots in America

by Jamey MortonJuly 13, 2016

The Open Road Is Calling You This Summer

It’s summertime. The sun is shining, the sky is clear, and the open road is calling your name. Summer is the perfect season for a road trip to somewhere awesome. And sure, you could just book a plane ticket, but road-trippers know that getting there is actually half the fun.

You’ve probably passed by plenty of roadside tourist traps on your way from one place to the next, but maybe next time you see one of these mystery spots, you should stop, stretch your legs, and have your mind blown. These places are often some of the most intriguing things to see and do all across the country, and they’re a genuine slice of good, old-fashioned Americana, to boot.
best road trip mystery spots roadside attractions

St. Ignace Mystery Spot – St. Ignace, Michigan

Here’s another strange anomaly discovered by surveyors, but this one is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s said that those who stay too long in the Mystery Spot at St. Ignace experience light-headedness. But how could they not feel a little discombobulated after seeing tall people suddenly get shorter? Once you’ve had your fill of the supernatural happenings, you can catch a thrill on the zip lines!

Cosmos Mystery Area – Rapid City, South Dakota

Have you ever defied the laws of gravity? You will at Cosmos Mystery area in the Black Hills of South Dakota. You’ll also see balls roll uphill and have your mind boggled by the other inexplicable effects of “Cosmos Force.” As an added bonus, you can go geode mining and have your geode cracked open on site.

Confusion Hill – Piercy, California

You may have heard of the jackalope, the unlikely hybrid of a jackrabbit and an antelope said to roam the wilds of the American West. But have you ever laid eyes on a chipalope? If not, then you’ve probably never experienced the wonders of Confusion Hill in Piercy, California. This attraction seems to be plagued by many of the same gravitation anomalies found at other mystery spots, but it’s the only one we know of that also offers mountain train rides.

Santa Cruz Mystery Spot – Santa Cruz, California

There are plenty of things to do and see in Santa Cruz, but the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot stands alone as one of the city’s most peculiar. This “gravitational anomaly” was first discovered back in the late ‘30s by a team of land surveyors. Even they were at a loss to explain the strange happenings. At the Mystery Spot, water flows upward, you can casually walk up walls, and chairs defy gravity.
Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

Mystery Hole – Arnsted, West Virginia

Beneath a cabin guarded by a patriotic gorilla, there’s a place where the laws of gravity are routinely defied. Did that Volkswagen crash into the side of the building because of the strange forces affecting this humble gift shop? We’re not sure, but we don’t doubt it. According to the website, it’s “mindbaffling.” You’ve been warned.

Oregon Vortex – Gold Hill, Oregon

Brooms don’t just stand upright on their own; it’s just not possible. At least that’s what you might think until you experience the Oregon Vortex. Scientists are split on what causes the laws of physics to break at this particular location. It could be “high-velocity soft electrons,” but you’ll probably be more concerned about figuring out why you’ve suddenly shrunk.

Wonder World Park – San Marcos, Texas

Texas’ Wonder World Park has a petting zoo, an observation tower, a train ride, a stunning cave, and an anti-gravity house that will make you question your sanity. One thing’s for sure – if you happen to be in San Marcos, Texas, it’s a lot of bang for your roadside attraction buck.

The Truth Is Out There… Just a Few Miles Up the Road

Wherever you are, there’s probably a place full of mystery and wonder not too far from home. When the sun gets extra hot and the kids start to get bored of their summer vacations, it’s time to hit the road. So get out there and start exploring. Your sense of adventure will thank you.


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About The Author
Jamey Morton
Jamey has been a writer since he discovered science fiction and fantasy in the fourth grade. His early love for all things strange and mysterious has translated into a passion for writing about haunted mansions and other intriguing topics related to real estate and homeownership. Jamey loves nothing more than finding a medieval castle in the middle of New Jersey or a chalet on the coast of Florida. When not researching otherworldly real estate, Jamey can be found writing his series of outer space horror novels in his home in Seattle.