America's Strangest Trips

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2008 1:03 AM CDT
A Latvian immigrant built Coral Castle in Homestead, Fla. out of 1,100 tons of limestone.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Americans can stop longing for trips to mysterious locales like the Bermuda Triangle and Stonehenge, Travel + Leisure reports. Even stranger vacation spots exist within the 50 states:

  • Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, Calif: So-called "sailing stones" move strangely over the sandy surface. Some blame strong winds, which reach 90 mph, but no one knows why they slide around.
  • Skinwalker Ranch in Uintah Basin, Utah: Underground roars, floating blue lights, and animal mutilations haunt this 480-acre compound.

  • Oregon Vortex in Gold Hill, Ore.: Watch a ball roll uphill or a broom stand on its own at this strange spot, perhaps affected by odd gravitational pull. Animals still refuse to go there.
  • Paulding, Mich.: Dancing, multicolored "Paulding lights" regularly attract visitors. Some say a dead train brakeman haunts nearby woods; scientists are yet to explain it.
  • Coral Castle in Homestead, Fla.: A slight Latvian immigrant built this structure with 1,100 tons of limestone boulders—but how?
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