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10 Weirdest Sites To See In America (PHOTOS, POLL)

First Posted: 07/28/10 09:25 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:10 PM ET

America the beautiful, sure, but America the strange? You bet. The people at ShermansTravel.com have dug up 10 weird sites in America that run the gamut from natural abnormalities (albino squirrels, displaced deserts) to the just out-and-out odd (gravity vortexes, mystery lights). Hit the road this summer and seek out the curious and entertaining oddities sprinkled across the nation (many are conveniently located off major highways). Set out to scratch your travel itch, but count on scratching your head, too. Sneak a peek at all 10 weird sites with America's Weirdest Sites slideshow. (Text and captions courtesy of ShermanTravel.com, adapted from "Top 10 Weirdest Sights in America.")

 
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Albino Squirrels
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Red eyes and snow-white fur make albino squirrels look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but in Olney, Illinois, the rodents might as well be royalty. City laws give these rare white squirrels the right-of-way on every street (jay-walking permitted), and police prohibit visitors from leaving town with one of the estimated 111 colorless pets. Albino squirrels scurry down trees in towns nationwide (at least five other American towns boast similar populations), but Olney provides something of a safe haven for the animals, who don’t exactly blend in like their camouflaged counterparts. Besides street-crossing privileges, these little guys can escape winter weather in citywide squirrel houses (wooden huts that locals nail to trees) and officials even encourage visitors to feed the squirrels – only nuts, seeds, and fruit, of course. For guaranteed sightings, visit on Saturdays in October (this year’s schedule is set for October 9, 16, and 23) when a citywide squirrel census takes place (volunteers actually go around counting the number of white and gray squirrels to keep track of the population). A town hunting for squirrels seems like an even weirder sight! Otherwise, find a park bench at Olney City Park, scatter a few nuts on the ground, and wait, camera at the ready.


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