Weird & Wonderful Roadside Homes

The Golden Age of roadside attractions may have passed with the rise of the multi-lane interstate highway system, but you can still find crazy homes in small towns and along out-of-the way routes. Here are a few to start with — add your favorite bizarre houses in the comments!

  1. Futuro - UFO House, Pensacola Beach, Florida: In the 1960s, Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed a bunch of these fiberglass flying saucer houses in Florida.
  2. USA's Skinniest House, Long Beach, California: Cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as America's narrowest house, measuring 10 feet wide by 50 feet long.
  3. Confusion Hill Gravity House, Piercy, California: This tilted house makes people feel like they're being tipped over when they step inside.
  4. Nitt Witt Ridge, Cambria, California: Harold Beal devoted most of his life to building this home out of cast-offs and garbage. The house is now recognized by the state as a historic landmark.
  5. Pickle Barrel House, Grand Marais, Michigan: This two-story house is 16 feet tall and was built as a summer cottage for William Donahey, creator of The Teenie Weenies, a Chicago Tribune comic strip.


For many more offbeat attractions, check out RoadsideAmerica.com — a great resource for novelty tourist destinations.

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