25 Must-See Museums and Attractions to Visit in 2022


America is a place of individuals, and our quirks are a piece of what makes us great, so it’s worth celebrating the strange, the amazing, the extreme, the forgotten and the lost, which you can find all over the U.S. From the largest science exhibit in the world to the longest-running mermaid show, there’s plenty to surprise, delight or awe you.

Where to begin? “Wherever you are, that’s the place to start,” says Dylan Thuras, co-founder of Atlas Obscura, the online guide to the weirdest and most wonderful places on earth. “Yes, you could drive across the country and have an amazing road trip, but there’s probably something within 50 miles of you that will astound you.” Here’s a lineup of 25 of the biggest, longest, tallest, best-known, least-known, most unusual, most American things you can encounter in this glorious country.