From San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to the Cloud Gate in Chicago, there are iconic monuments scattered throughout all of the 50 states. Some, however, are definitely more unusual than others. In Alabama, for instance, people take pride in unclaimed baggage. And over in Louisiana, one of the most popular gravesites is that of Nicolas Cage—even though he isn’t dead yet. For your amusement, we’ve rounded up the weirdest, yet most unique landmark every state is fiercely proud of. Hey, we all need something to stand for, right? And for more things that make each state unique, check out the One Obscure Fact We Bet You Didn’t Know About Your State.
Alabama: The Unclaimed Baggage Center
Have you ever wondered where your “missing” luggage disappears to? Well, it’s quite possible that your long-forgotten carry-on is sitting in a facility in Scottsboro, Alabama. This city is home to the Unclaimed Baggage Center, a one-of-a-kind store that sells lost or unclaimed airline luggage items. On the retail floor, you’ll find everything from iPads to a $15,000 Rolex watch. The unique shop has become an iconic symbol and tourist attraction for the state of Alabama, hosting more than a million visitors annually from over 40 countries.
Alaska: The Abandoned Igloo City Hotel
What’s a hotel without any guests? Just ask the Igloo City Hotel in Alaska. In 1960, craftsman Leon Smith began construction on Igloo City, hoping to create a unique hotel experience for visitors from all over the world. However, the 58-room igloo was still not up to building code standards by the time Smith passed away in 1999, and so his dream of the igloo being a guest-filled hotel never came to fruition. Today it stands as a place for travelers to visit and marvel at what might have been—from the outside, that is. And if you want to experience insane hotels that are up and running, check out these 17 Floating Hotels That Are Simply Magical.