Unusual Tourist Attractions

Last fall I visited one of the most unusual tourist attractions.

In September, I saw the bubble gum wall in Seattle. Located in Post Alley behind the famous Pike Place Market, there is a brick wall, about 50 feet of it covered with bubble gum discards. People come from all around the world to see the wall and leave their mark. In fact, in the 5 to 10 minutes I was there, two separate groups from Asia checked it out.

The wall is called the Pike Place Market Gum Wall (Yelp), Market Theater Gum Wall (Wikipedia), and Seattle Gum Wall (various sources). In 2009, it was named the second germiest tourist attraction, behind only the Blarney Stone. I was impressed not only with the quantity of gum but with the artistic quality (“A” grade for presentation).

Unusual Tourist Attractions

Here are some of my photos of the Seattle Gum Wall. Click on any image for a larger version (you know you want to!).

Unusual Tourist Attractions: gum wall near Pike Place Market in Seattle


Unusual Tourist Attractions: gum wall near Pike Place Market in Seattle


Unusual Tourist Attractions: gum wall near Pike Place Market in Seattle


Unusual Tourist Attractions: gum wall near Pike Place Market in Seattle


Here are some resources to find other unusual tourist attractions:

Roadside America, How Stuff Works, Squidoo

I have been to many other unusual tourist attractions (Chapel of Bones in Portugal immediately comes to mind) and I know you have, too. Today, I want to hear about other crazy, interesting attractions.

What unusual tourist attractions have you been to? or have heard about and would like to visit?

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6 Responses to “Unusual Tourist Attractions”

  1. Travel-lover February 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I visited the Chapel of Bones in Portugal too. My rental car was towed but it was worth it. Creepy but interesting place. Always wanted to visit the Ice Palace but haven’t made it yet.

  2. McCool Travel February 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Here is a link to the Chapel of Bones in Evora, Portugal: http://atlasobscura.com/place/portugals-chapel-bones

  3. Lisa @chickybus February 24, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    The bubble gum wall is trippy….never head of it. I guess you’d have to stand back a bit to avoid….getting into a sticky mess. Ick to the germs. 🙂

    I found the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to be a bit unusual. I found the display of emotions to be powerful as people stuck notes with prayers, etc. inside holes in the wall.

    • McCool Travel February 24, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

      Thank you for the note, Lisa. I would love to visit Jerusalem. One day!


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