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The Weirdest & Most Wonderful Spots In The U.S. (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/23/10 09:13 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

There is a sense of humor around every corner when you're driving in America. How else to explain those wacky, way-out-in-left-field roadside attractions you'll stumble upon? Muffler men, mystery spots and antigravity hills are just the beginning. Here are our top 10 favorite offbeat spots: what are yours?

Text & captions courtesy Lonely Planet

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Roswell, New Mexico
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If you believe The Truth is Out There, then the Roswell Incident is already filed away in your memory banks. In 1947, a mysterious object crashed at a nearby ranch. No one would have skipped any sleep over it, but the military made a big to-do of hushing it up, and for a lot of folks, that sealed it: the aliens had landed! International curiosity and local ingenuity have transformed the city into a quirky extraterrestrial-wannabe zone. Bulbous white heads glow atop the downtown street lamps.

Believers and kitsch-seekers must check out the International UFO Museum & Research Center, displaying documents supporting the cover-up as well as lots of far-out art and exhibitions. The annual Roswell UFO Festival beams down over the July 4 weekend, with an otherworldly costume parade, guest speakers, workshops and concerts.

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