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Chicago has The Bean. Palm Springs has World’s Biggest Dinosaurs. And now, New York has The Vessel (although that name might change soon). Instagram is already full of pictures of New Yorkers (and Big Apple visitors) posing in front of the bizarre, futuristic installation. The 60-ton, $150 million structure opened March 15th, just in time for spring. Here are similar odd, outdoor landmarks around the country to visit this spring as the weather gets nicer.
The Bean, Chicago
We’d be remiss to not mention the two landmarks we named above. The Bean, located steps from five different subway lines, is among Chicago’s most oft-visited tourist attractions. Stand under The Bean, officially known as Cloud Gate, and try to find yourself in the many psychedelic, distorted reflections projected back at you. The bean shape will make your pursuit challenging, to say the least.
World’s Biggest Dinosaurs, Palm Springs
About an hour and a half east of Los Angeles, two absolutely gigantic dinosaurs are impossible to miss behind palm trees, strip malls, gas stations, and a Burger King. Of course, these dinosaurs aren’t alive, but they’re just as big as the dinosaurs of pre-human times were. Although the view from a distance is unforgettable, tickets are available if you want to see these replicas super close-up.
Prada Marfa and Target Marathon, Marfa-area
Marfa isn’t as well known a Texan city as Dallas, Austin, and Houston are, but its reputation as an artistic hotspot is fairly earned. Avant-garde installations such as Prada Marfa and Target Marathon are strongly responsible for this standing. The latter installation, about forty minutes east of Marfa, is just a small, completely non-operational Target storefront. Sound random? Prada Target, located thirty minutes west of Marfa, came first, and is a pop culture landmark.
Market Theater Gum Wall, Seattle
As that piece of gum gets more boring to chew on, it’s not always easy to figure out where to put it. In Seattle, there’s a whole wall of chewed gum that has officially been declared a tourist attraction. From a distance, the wall looks as though it’s just an especially boldly painted, color-dotted wall, but it’s actually covered several inches thick in gum. The wall, which measures 750 square feet, looks great despite its gross makeup.
Hole N” The Rock, Moab
Along the way to Arches or Canyonland parks, just south of Interstate 70 in southeast Utah, you might see a mass of sandstone with a huge volume excavated. This excavation previously held a 5,000-square-foot house with 14 rooms, at a total volume of 50,000 cubic feet. The house is currently unoccupied, but visitors can tour it for low prices. In addition to stunning views of Utah greenery and mountains, a visit to the home also offers the chance to go to a petting zoo.
The Mystery Spot, Santa Cruz
In many ordinary homes, at least one small section of flooring isn’t perfectly level. The Mystery Spot takes this premise and dramatically applies it to an entire small home. The foundation of this house is far from flat. In fact, it lies at such an angle to the ground that walking around the house just feels like leaning forward while simultaneously moving. Watching someone walk around the house looks hilarious.
What are some of your favorite odd landmarks to visit when the weather is nice? Let us know in the comments!