Washington State has a lot to offer in the way of fun things to do. From Seattle to Spokane there are weird road side attractions, amazingly unique spots and fun for all ages. The world we live in is truly amazing so why would you want to see it through a haze? Using marijuana can mess with your brain development and impact your memory, motivation, and learning ability. More information at Listen2YourSelfie.org.
Marsh’s Free Museum, Long Beach
In Long Beach, Washington Marsh’s Free Museum lives up to its name and is totally free to the public. The roadside stop is filled to the brim with amazing oddities, trinkets and weirdness including “Jake The Alligator Man” which appears to be the mummified remains of an alligator with a human head and arms! Part souvenir and gift shop, the museum got its start 1935 when Wellington Marsh, Sr. moved to the area and opened a tavern which displayed his odd collection of strange artifacts. Today that includes strange taxidermy of an eight legged lamb and a two-headed calf.
Gravity Hill, Prosser
What is known as Gravity Hill in Prosser, Washington is a strange phenomenon to behold. While Washington has many unique roadside attractions, this attraction actually IS the road. If drivers stop their car at a certain spot and put the vehicle in neutral it will appear that they are rolling UPHILL. Some have described it as a magical experience.
The Fremont Troll, Seattle
In the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle there is a troll who lives under a bridge. In 1990, in an effort to revitalize the area a local art council decided to have a competition to create an inspiring piece of art for under the bridge. So a group of artists created the troll under the George Washington Memorial Bridge. The naughty troll is even holding a real Volkswagen Beetle as if he had just taken it from the bridge above.
The Haunted Oxford Saloon, Snohomish
Located in Snohomish, Washington the Oxford Saloon first opened in 1910. Over the years the Saloon has had its share of violent brawls and even some deaths. Most notably a policeman named Henry, a regular at the bar, was stabbed while he tried to break up a fight. Since then it is said that the Oxford Saloon has been haunted by Henry’s ghost and several other spirits. The Saloon has been the subject of paranormal investigations and is open for business as a family friendly restaurant.
Bruce Lee and Brandon Lee Memorial, Seattle
One of the most visited gravesites in all of Washington is that of iconic martial arts master and actor Bruce Lee. Alongside the grave of his son, actor Brandon Lee the memorial attracts thousands of tourists to Seattle’s Lakeview Cemetery.
Maryhill Stonehenge, Maryhill
You won’t have to travel all the way to England when you can visit a replica of Stonehenge right in Maryhill, Washington. Maryhill Stonehenge is a full scale replica built out of concrete. Instead of the iconic ruins we now know, the monument was made to appear as the original structure may have looked centuries ago when it was first constructed. Opened to the public in 1929, the monument was the first to honor the fallen soldiers of World War I, specifically dedicated to those from Klickitat County, Washington.
Mima Mounds, Olympia
The Mima Mounds of Washington State are naturally occurring hills and bumps in the ground covering an area in the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve. The weird formations look like someone pushed piles of dirt together in big bumps ranging from 3 meters to 50 meters high. While this strange “mound” phenomenon happens in locations around the world, scientists are not 100 percent sure how they are formed. One theory speculates that the Mima Mounds in Washington may be caused by pocket gophers. These small burrowing rodents push the soil upward.
Haunted Thornewood Castle, Tacoma
The founder of the National Bank of Tacoma, Chester Thorne was one of the richest men in the Puget Sound area. With his fortune he bought 100 acres along American Lake and built an amazing house known as Thornewood Castle. Since 1995 the house has been a bed and breakfast visitors can stay at. Many guests have reported ghostly sightings at the castle. A guest once watched a lamp begin to swing so hard on its own that it fell and broke to pieces.
The Teapot Dome Service Station, Zillah
The Teapot Dome Service Station is on the US National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1922 in remembrance of the Teapot Dome Scandal during the presidency of Warren Harding. The scandal involved leasing government oil reserves in Teapot Dome, Wyoming. For many years it was a fully functioning gas station. -Tricia #timetestedtravelers #zillah #teapotdome #teapotdomescandal #pnw #tourism #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces #travel2016 #gasstation #random #sightseeing #yakimavalley #historical #1922
Built in 1922 this gas station has a strange story of being part art, part roadside attraction and part political commentary. During the administration of President Harding Jack Ainsworth built this kettle shaped service station to remind people of the Teapot Dome Scandal, which involved the Secretary of the Interior taking bribes to lease a navy petroleum yard known as Teapot Rock without permission. The building was listed in 1974 n the National Register of Historic Places.
Leavenworth Bavarian Village, Leavenworth
Leavenworth, Washington is an entire town modeled to look and feel like it is in Bavaria, Germany. In 1965 two businessmen in the area had the idea to turn the old logging town into a “theme village.” Working with the local tourism bureau, the Edelweiss hotel was the first building to be remodeled to reflect the Bavarian theme. Today Leavenworth is a fun tourist destination that features The Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum containing over 5000 nutcrackers!
The Ape Cave, Skamania
Visitors to the Ape Cave located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, south of Mount St. Helens will be treated to an underground adventure. The Ape Cave is a lava tube, meaning it was formed by the flow of lava below surface. This lava flow created amazing natural sights and beauty below ground. This popular hiking destination receives over 170,000 visitors a year.