The town of Bridal Veil in Oregon maintains a functional post office despite not having had any permanent residents for more than three decades. This is because several thousand couples go out of their way each year to mail their wedding invitations from Bridal Veil for the unique postmark.
Italy has an infamous “monster park” called the Gardens of Bomarzo filled with disturbing statues carved by a Renaissance-era mad genius.
Le Palais Ideal, a castle of stones, was built single handedly over 33 years by postman Ferdinand Cheval. He had no architectural training, but after tripping over an interestingly shaped rock on his mail route he was reminded of a dream he once had of such a palace and made it his life’s work.
There is a town in Japan that is filled with scarecrows. Basically the entire town has left or died and this woman has filled this tiny town with handmade scarecrows.
The Tulsa Center of the Universe is an acoustic anomaly located in Oklahoma. When one stands in the center of the circle and makes a noise, that noise is echoed back several times louder than it was made, but no one standing outside the circle can hear a thing.
Mavis Grind in Shetland is the only place in Britain where you can toss a stone across land from the North Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.
The FBI has an entire fake town for training agents. Hogan’s Alley has a bank, post office, hotel, laundromat, barber shop, pool hall, shops, and homes. The town is populated by actors who roleplay parts like bystanders, terrorists, bank robbers, and drug dealers so scenarios always change.
Coober Pedy is an Australian town where 80% of its residents live underground.
There is a German settlement in the jungles of Peru called Pozuzo that was established in 1859 by around 150 German/Austrian settlers. They were completely cut off from both their Homeland and the rest of Peru for 120 years. They were able to do this by being completely self sufficient. This is how Pozuzo looks like today.
Twice a year in Monument Valley, mitten-shaped rock formations line up with the sun as it sets, causing one to “high five” the other with its shadow.