The Most Mysterious Places In America

01/06/2017 01:33 pm ET Updated Jan 11, 2017
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People often think that everything on Earth has been discovered and that there are no new places to explore. But they rarely ask themselves the question of how a certain location came to be. The world is teeming with such unsolved mysteries. Scientists have been studying them for decades to little or no avail.

Incredible incidents have been reported. The evidence is often speculative or provides few clues at best. Nothing sparks the imagination like an unexplained phenomenon. This is the time to forget what you believe and think with an open mind. Researchers do and they keep looking for answers, and are often surprised by the obscurities they find.

How would you explain a seemingly bottomless 9-foot wide hole that, allegedly, has the ability to bring animals back from the dead? Or a place where unseen objects produce magnetic fields with a lot of power?

Believe it or not, some mysteries are actually man-made. No one knows how a single man built the Coral Castle – made of many limestone boulders, some of which weighed about 15 tons – even though it took him more than a quarter of a century. He just claimed he knew the secrets to the construction of the pyramids in Egypt.   

You don’t need a passport to travel across oceans and deserts to reach mysteries and adventure. Some sites are challenging to get to, but the experience is worth every effort.

 <strong>Skinwalker Ranch, Utah</strong>
Skinwalker Ranch
Skinwalker Ranch, Utah

This site of mysterious paranormal activities and voices is not far from Ballard. Some have even dubbed the ranch “the strangest place on earth.” Claims about the property have been around for decades. They were about a family that moved there but soon after experienced a series of bizarre events, such as crop circles, strange lights and poltergeist activity. The National Institute for Discovery Science studied the claims but won’t say if they found evidence.

 <strong>Magnetic Hill, Moncton, New Brunswick</strong>
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Magnetic Hill, Moncton, New Brunswick

You have to be very careful if you choose to drive to the bottom of this iconic hill. Stories about what happens there have been around since the early 1900’s. As impossible as it sounds, your car will roll uphill. “And it doesn’t just work on cars – vans, trucks and even tour buses roll upward in total defiance of natural law,” according to Tourism New Brunswick.

 <strong>Eternal Flame Falls, Orchard Park, New York</strong>
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Eternal Flame Falls, Orchard Park, New York

If you go to the waterfalls of Shale Creek in the southeast corner of Chestnut Ridge Park, you will notice a strange orange-red light behind the water and believe it to be an optical illusion. How is it that something is burning under water? You’ll actually smell the golden flame because it’s fired by methane gas escaping through the cracks. The water sometimes extinguishes the flame, but you can easily start it up again with a lighter.

 <strong>Roanoke Island, North Carolina</strong>
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Roanoke Island, North Carolina

The mystery is how a whole colony of people simply vanished just a few years after setting on the island in the late 1500’s. The word “Croatoan” had been carved on a post and the letters “CRO” scratched into a tree trunk – these were the only clues anyone had been there at all. New evidence suggests the people may have split into groups and assimilated into the Native American community.

 <strong>Devil&#39;s Tower, U.S. National Monument</strong>
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Devil's Tower, U.S. National Monument

The Devil’s Tower is an astonishing geologic feature that protrudes out of the rolling prairie surrounding the Black Hills. It is the first national monument in the country, established in 1906. This site is considered Sacred to the Lakota and many other tribes that have a connection to the area, according to the NPS. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest traditional rock climbing areas in North America. Scientists agree that the giant rock formed as a result of the intrusion of igneous material, but how that happened is not clear.

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