11 Creative & Unique Places to Visit in the U.S.

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FLAT SOCKS® Travel Guide: Unique U.S. Destinations

It’s summer, and you know what that means: another family vacation to the same place you’ve been going to every single summer for almost a decade! If that sounds far less exciting than it reads, then you’re in the right place.

Variety is the spice of life, so switch up your summer vacay with these eleven fun and unique destinations in the U.S. Just remember to pack your favorite FLAT SOCKS sockless shoe inserts before you go. Wouldn’t want uncomfortable, sweaty feet ruining this trip.

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Would Lewis and Clark, the pioneers of American adventure, let soggy, stinky, slippery, and boring socks ruin their plans? Of course not! So why should you? FLAT SOCKS are the best socks to travel with. They fit inside all your shoes and make packing a breeze. As the perfect quick dry socks for travel, FLAT SOCKS feature a moisture-wicking barrier that prevents sweaty feet and smelly shoes.

The freedom to travel is like the freedom to not wear socks, but wearing socks can help prevent blisters, calluses, and excessive foot sweat as you hike through gift shops and across city blocks. FLAT SOCKS go in your shoes, not on your feet, so you get all the freedom and the benefits of socks.

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Choose from a variety of classic designs and creative patterns that leave you feeling inspired as you peruse street art murals and museums of oddities. Have a kid who hates socks and will throw an absolute airport tantrum over wearing them? No worries, we have FLAT SOCKS Kids to help make traveling with kids easier, too.

11 Creative Places to Visit in the U.S.

The United States is home to many interesting sites. You can find natural wonders, history museums, art and cultural centers, live performances, monuments, and more in every single state. America is truly the land of opportunity when it comes to places to travel and sites to see. We’ve pulled together eleven ultra creative and unique places to visit:

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Neon Boneyard - Las Vegas, Nevada

Get ready for a neon explosion. The Neon Boneyard, also known as the Neon Museum, in Las Vegas, Nevada, puts discarded signs from old casinos and other businesses on display. The more than 2.5-acre lot features over 250 unrestored signs that are brought to life when ground lighting illuminates them at sunset. A nonprofit dedicated to collecting, preserving, and studying iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historical, and cultural enrichment runs the museum.

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Twilight Epiphany Skyspace – Houston, Texas

Nestled on Rice University Campus in Houston, Texas, is a Skyspace installation by artist James Turrell. The installation, an ode to dawn and dusk, exhibits light sequences onto the ceiling, framing the view of the sky. This dance of changing color both from natural and artificial light provides viewers with an extraordinary perspective and the view changes with each visit. Complement the colors of twilight with pink or purple FLAT SOCKS.

Carhenge – Alliance, Nebraska

Looking for a unique place to visit in Nebraska? This one is for the history buffs and the car geeks. Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska, shows 39 vintage American cars covered in gray spray paint and arranged in positions to mimic the Stonehenge in England. For the more sophisticated folk, you can call it the Car Art Reserve.

Bonus Destination: There are more Stonehenges around the United States than you think. In Newport Beach, California, 14 white bunny sculptures sit in a circle nearby city hall. The local oddity has been deemed controversial for its initial cost yet adorable and is referred to as Bunnyhenge.

Time Travel Mart – Los Angeles, California

All of California is home to some retro and radical stuff from celebrated art murals all up and down the coast to the Time Travel Mart in LA. With a location on Sunset Blvd. and another on Venice Blvd., this convenience store is all about the past, present, and future.

Shop for you and the kids from a range of quirky accessories, apparel, and more including dinosaur eggs, portable wormholes, and even sunscreen for astronauts. Get your kiddo excited with dinosaur and outerspace FLAT SOCKS Kids before you lift off!

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Microsoft Windows XP Default Wallpaper – Sonoma, California

Visiting the Microsoft Windows XP Default Wallpaper location is like your parents going back to Woodstock 50 years later. It was a big deal to them, but you kids don’t care. Except now, because even though your kids didn’t grow up with the most iconic landscape image ever, you did.

Take a trip to Sonoma, California, where in 1998 National Geographic photographer Charles O’Rear snapped this completely unedited photo titled “Bliss.” Since 2001, the image has been on the screens of more than a billion computers worldwide. See it in person and be sure to wear your aqua blue and forest green FLAT SOCKS to honor these sacred grounds.

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Donkey Kong Mural – Concord, New Hampshire

Nothing feels better than finding all the easter eggs in your favorite game, but what about finding video game easter eggs hidden in your city? Local or not, a unique place to visit in New Hampshire is the Donkey Kong Mural in Concord. 

This five-story-tall mural painted on an elevator shaft is hidden behind an apartment building in the middle of the city. You don’t get a map, but you can find the mural behind a café, through a parking lot, and in a back alley. Just avoid picking up tempting side quests if you can. We recommend sporting some electric magenta FLAT SOCKS.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – Cincinnati, Ohio

Everyone goes to Cincinatti, Ohio, either for the chili or the Bengal tigers. Whether you’re visiting those tigers on the football field or at the Cincinatti Zoo and Botanical Garden is up to you. Located in the heart of the city, the zoo takes up more than 75 acres and is one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. It is home to over 1,800 animals and helps breed endangered animals like the African cheetah and Masai giraffes. Get on your finest zoo garb with leopard and snow leopard FLAT SOCKS.

Grounds for Sculpture – Hamilton Township, New Jersey

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be inside of a painting? The Grounds for Sculpture park in New Jersey is a 42-acre art park that lets you walk and dine in lifesize reimaginings of famous paintings and other works. The collection is constantly growing and changing among a charming landscape.

Tour the creations of artists like Van Gogh, Renoir and more. For kid’s with sensory needs, check out children’s activities like creating blooming mosaics with a rainbow of colorful materials. Getting hungry? Feel every brushstroke of Monet’s famous works when you visit Rat’s Restaurant for some gourmet grub and cocktails.

Wabash Arts Corridor – Chicago, Illinois

There are many unique places to visit in Chicago, Illinois. For creatives, the Wabash Arts Corridor offers an immersive art experience. The outdoor urban gallery was established by Columbia College Chicago in 2013. It is a living canvas with new art added every year and features largescale artworks by influential street artists. You’ll find it has now expanded beyond the south loop neighborhood.

Street Murals – Atlanta, Georgia

Loving graffiti and just can’t get enough of all that splatter paint and spray paint art? Celebrated internationally as a street art hub, Atlanta is home to over 100 public street art murals. All throughout the metropolitan area, viewers can see bold creations by local artists. The murals are part of the mission by Living Walls, a nonprofit dedicated to creating “intentional, thought-provoking public art to inspire social chance and activate public spaces.”

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Jules’ Undersea Lodge – Key Largo, Florida

Many families flock to Florida for their summer vacations, but what else can you do beside go to a sandy beach or visit the good ol’ mouse? Stay in the only underwater hotel in the United States, of course! Though it can be a bit pricey, the experience is an opportunity few people have had.

Located two fathoms below the water’s surface, you must scuba dive to get to your room. Here, you can sleep with the fish quite literally. Along with staying the night underwater, visitors may participate in a guided tour around the lagoon and learn more about the local sea life.

FLAT SOCKS: The Best Socks for Travel

FLAT SOCKS are the best travel-friendly socks. Their unique, comfortable design keeps your feet fresh, dry, and cozy as you visit all your favorite spots along with some new ones. Plus, you won’t be struggling with wrinkly, slipping no-shows as you walk through artsy murals and explore quirky gift shops. If you’re a no-sock wearer with a creative side, add FLAT SOCKS to your shoes and start feeling inspired for your next summer voyage.

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FLAT SOCKS is not affiliated with any of the destinations, businesses, or sites listed above.


633 Places to Experience Unusual Art in the United States. (n.d.). Atlas Obscura.