Every state has its fair share of weird places and Nevada is no exception. Some places are more unusual than others, and in my opinion, the following 10 places (and attractions) are the most unusual in Nevada.
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1. Clown Motel - Tonopah, Nevada
Tonopah's Clown Motel is an unusual motel that's full of clowns. Lots and lots of clowns! If clowns don't creep you out, you'll definitely want to stay at the Clown Motel. If you're really brave, request a second-floor room for a great view of the Tonopah Cemetery. It's packed with graves of miners who died unpleasantly and several guests have reported seeing their spirits.
2. International Car Forest of the Last Church - Goldfield, Nevada
This strange attraction features more than 40 cars that have been placed nose-down along a dirt road on the outskirts of Goldfield, Nevada. Yes, this is a rather unusual art attraction, but I still find it pretty incredible.
3. Little A'Le'Inn - Rachel, Nevada
Little A'Le'Inn is located on the Extraterrestrial Highway and is a popular stop for visitors of nearby Area 51. Staying the night out in the desert is a unique experience you'll always remember. And who knows? You may also spot a UFO.
4. "Big Edge" Sculpture - Las Vegas, Nevada
This rather unusual piece of art, by artist Nancy Rubins, consists of more than 200 boats - mostly old aluminum canoes, with some row boats and flat-bottom boats. It's located at CityCenter, nestled between hotel towers. Because of this, it's not an easy landmark to visit.
5. Goldwell Open Air Museum - Beatty, Nevada
The Goldwell Open Air Museum is an outdoor museum that’s located near the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada. This open air museum covers approximately 7.8 acres and includes a collection of very strange sculptures. The sculptures pictured above are "The Last Supper" and "Lady Desert: The Venus of Nevada."
6. Fly Geyser - Gerlach, Nevada
Fly Geyser is an unusual landmark that's located on the private Fly Ranch near State Route 34. What makes this geothermal geyser so unique is it came about by accident. Fly Geyser is the result of a test drill for water, and the mineral buildup over the years has resulted in the water that we see spouting from it today. Unfortunately, Fly Geyser isn't open to the public, but it's large enough to be seen from the road.
7. Tom Kelly's Bottle House - Rhyolite, Nevada
Tom Kelly's Bottle House, built in 1905-1906, was the largest bottle house of three built in the small ghost town of Rhyolite. This unique house was constructed mostly from beer bottles and it was eventually raffled off.
8. Pyramid Lake - Washoe County, Nevada
Pyramid Lake, the largest remnant of ancient Lake Lahontan, is located approximately 40 miles northeast of Reno and is the geographic sink of the Truckee River. What makes Pyramid Lake so unusual, yet unique, is of course the incredible tufa formations that are found in the lake and along its shore.
9. Thunder Mountain Monument - Imlay, Nevada
The Thunder Mountain Monument is a series of outside art sculptures and architectural forms that were assembled by Frank Van Zant, a WWII veteran from Oklahoma, starting in 1969 upon his arrival in Imlay, Nevada. This unusual art site includes three stone and concrete buildings, and more than 200 concrete sculptures depicting Native Americans and their protective spirits. At this popular landmark, visitors will stumble across many found objects, including car hoods, dolls' heads, typewriters and gas pumps.
10. Stokes Castle - Austin, Nevada
It's not every day you see a castle in the middle of the desert. Stokes Castle, located just outside of Austin, Nevada, is a three-story stone tower that was built in 1896-1897. The castle's kitchen and dining room were on the first floor, and the second floor contained the living room. The third floor had two bedrooms. Each floor of the castle included a fireplace, and the second and third floors included a balcony.
Have you been to any of these weird places? What other unusual places (and attractions) are in Nevada? Let us know in the comments below!