25 Unusual Vacation Spots

Posted by , Updated on October 19, 2018

Are you looking for some place truly unique for your next vacation? Just wave goodbye to run-of-the-mill escapades on mediocre beaches and hotels. You’d be surprised with what crazy attractions or hotels you’re actually able to visit if you’re adventurous enough to get there. Don’t just take our word for it; check out these 25 Unusual Vacation Spots, and make it a point to do something different on your next planned escapade!


Red Caboose Motel

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Do you recall The Boxcar Children? If you’re looking for a similar adventure with less struggle and more amenities, then this motel is for you. You get to stay in your own cozy caboose dine on food created using ingredients sourced from local Amish farms. There’s even and on-site petting zoo for the kids.


Alnwick Poison Garden

Gate entrance to the poison garden

The Alnwick Garden is a complex of formal gardens adjacent to Alnwick Castle in England. One of the more interesting attractions here is the poison garden. The foreboding signs on the front gate seem to give a fairly concise description of what you can expect.


727 Fuselage Home-Costa Verde

727 hotel

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just step off the plane and walk right on the beach without worrying about luggage or security? The 727 Fuselage Home makes this desire a reality…well almost. This unique hotel, which overlooks the Pacific beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park near Quepos, is a retrofitted Boeing 727. Originally designed to carry 150 cramped passengers, the jet is now home to luxurious beds, incredible vistas, and easy beach access.


Giraffe Manor

giraffe manor - hotel in background, giraffe looking at the camera

A one of a kind hotel nestled in a suburb in Nairobi, Kenya, the Giraffe Manor is a small lodge that is home to some of the most endangered Rothschild giraffes in Kenya. It is known today for being a small, private hotel that opens its doors to guests who want to experience feeding giraffes either from their own breakfast tables or through the front door or windows of their rented rooms.


Boot and Breakfast

boot and breakfast

The Boot and Breakfast is a unique hotel designed as a giant pair of boots. Understandably, when it first opened in 2001, the locals considered the partners to be slightly crazy, but after several years of business and many happy visitors, the owners are rightly taking their place as local celebrities.


Desert Nomad House

desert nomad house

If you have ever felt the urge to just get away from it all, this is the perfect unusual place for you. Rick Joy’s “Desert Nomad House” is located in the Tucson desert right beside…nothing, absolutely nothing (with the exception of the Saguaro cacti). The simple design consists of a rusted steel box housing a 780 square foot bathroom, a 440 square foot bedroom with a 200 square foot office, a living room, a kitchen, and a dining area. This is the epitome of a tranquil get away.


Your Own Fiji Island

wadigi island

Picture this: crystal clear blue waters, a tropical floral scented breeze, a soothing shore echoing the sound of the sea, clear blue skies that transform into a brilliant display of celestial lights at night, and best of all, no one around. That’s right, no screaming children, obnoxious people, not even an your neighbor’s yappy dog. This is the luxury of spending a day or two on your own, rented private Fiji Island. Depending on the island a night can cost around $2,500.


Panda Inn

panda inn china

Panda Inn is a chain of restaurant-inns that originated in Sichuan, China, and features basically everything panda related. Even the staff is dressed in panda suits!


Metropolis, Illinois

superman in metropolis il

If you are a die hard fan of Superman, then you know of his hometown Metropolis. But did you know that the city actually exists? Metropolis, Illinois, is the only city in the world dedicated to Superman (complete with a gigantic superman statue). If you really want to get into the Superman hype, the best time to go is in June when the locals put on a festival called “The Superman Celebration,” which attracts book collectors and fans from all over the United States. To be fair, the real Metropolis is not the gigantic Super City depicted in the comics. Rather, it resembles more of a small town (think Smallville).


The Dog Bark Park Inn, Idaho, USA

Dog Bark Park Inn

Are you a dynamic dog lover? The Dog Bark Park Inn is located in Idaho, USA and as you can see in the picture shown below, the actual hotel is shaped like a dog! The entire hotel is not only dog-shaped, but it also holds the record for being the world’s largest beagle! From doggie decor in the rooms to delicious dog shaped cookies, any dog lover would feel right at home in this hotel.


Igloo Village

igloo village

Tourists who seek to rough it in the cold expanse of snowy Finland can visit the sheltered Igloo Village. With an array of unique lodging encompassing snow and glass igloos, visitors can experience the northern lights up close and personal.


Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island

Sea of Stars

The ocean can be a dark, open, and scary place at night, unless you’re visiting this beach. Filled with bio-luminescent plankton, the Sea of Stars Beach, located on Vaadhoo Island, is unlike any beach most of us have ever seen due to its glowing bright blue color. This not only makes for absolutely breathtaking pictures, but it will also make for an amazing beach experience you couldn’t experience anywhere else.


Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

craters of the moon park

A vast ocean of lava flows that covers about 618 square miles of land, the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is one of the most unique scenery in the United States. Craters of the Moon was formed between 15,000 and 20,000 years ago after a series of volcanic eruptions in the region transforming the landscape into a rugged “Apocalyptic-looking” environment. Visitors can lodge in one of the available campgrounds enabling visitors to witness the crater’s spectacular sundown and sunrise.


Jellyfish lake

Jellyfish Lake

Most people would give a resounding “no” when asked if they would swim with jellyfish due to their incredibly painful stings, but what if they were completely harmless? Jellyfish Lake is located in Palua, Oceania, and is given its name for the millions of jellyfish that inhabit this lake. This is a must-visit place for scuba divers, or anyone who simply wants to swim with swarms of jellyfish.


Island of the Dolls

island of the dolls

Also known as La Isla De Las Muñecas, the Island of the Dolls is dubbed as the creepiest and most bizarre tourist destination in Mexico. The trees grown on this island are decorated with old and mutilated dolls that were hung by the island’s one and only former resident. Upon setting foot on this island, tourists who visit this place often offer gifts to appease the spirits that are believed to dwell in the hanging bodies of these dolls.



Ice Hotel Church

If you’ve ever heard of the phrase, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen,” then you should know that heat is definitely not going to be a problem you’ll be facing at this particular hotel. Located in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, this hotel is incredibly unique because it is made entirely out of ice. What makes this hotel even more unique is that it is the first ice hotel in creation, and it is available to stay in year round. This is a perfect hotel for those of you who are looking for a really cool vacation (see what I did there)?


Jules’ Undersea Lodge

undersea lodge bedroom

Have you ever tried to count fish instead of sheep in order to fall asleep? If not, you just might be in for a treat once you swim into this outrageous hotel. Jules’ Undersea Lodge is located in Key Largo, Florida, and is the only undersea hotel in the United States built 30 feet deep on the ocean floor. Inaugurated in 1986, this undersea hotel requires guests to go scuba diving to get into one of the two rooms available.


Capsulevalue Kanda Hotel

Capsulevalue Kanda, Tokyo, Japan

Who says you need a whole hotel room for a vacation? Now you can enjoy the comforts of having your very own personal hotel capsule without all of the luxuries that come with having your own hotel room.  You store your baggage in lockers and take showers in their bath house. Perhaps not the most conventional way to enjoy your vacation, but if you’re interested in trying a new unique experience, this hotel is one to give a try.


Edinburgh Castle

edinburg castle

Don’t let the stoic and imposing architecture fool you. The Edingurgh Castle is one of the most popular haunted vacations spots in Scotland. Particular attention has been given to the castle’s prison cells which were allegedly used to quarantine plague victims and is where strong paranormal activity resides. Only the bravest dare to stay in this place.


Cat Island, Japan

Cat Island

For those who just can’t get enough of our furry feline companions, this island is the perfect destination for your dream vacation. Also known as Aoshima Island, Cat Island is exactly what it sounds like – an island filled with cats! With the cat to human ratio being 10:1, this island is overrun and outnumbered by these cute little creatures. Along with having a fascinating cat shrine, they also have cat shaped cabins that all tourists are welcomed to stay in.


Alcatraz Hotel

alcatraz hotel

If you have ever wanted to experience life on lock down without breaking the law, you may want to consider the Alcatraz Hotel. This outrageous lodging is a former German prison retrofitted to accommodate 56 rooms with actual cells as sleeping quarters. Amenities include barred windows, a toilet in the corner of the room, and your very own steel door slot used to slide your dinner to you.


Red Beach

Red Beach, China

Unlike any beach you may have seen before, this beach is bursting with bright red hues of beauty. Every Autumn, the beach is overrun by a red plant called the Suaeda Salsa; it overfills the once rich blue waters with thousands of bright red flowers. The result is a large span of red flowers that sit directly on top of the water and blooms out for miles. The largest attraction surrounding the flowering is the famous Red Beach Dock.


The Catacombs Paris, France

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Paris, France, may be known as being one of the most romantic places on Earth, but what’s buried deep beneath the town may slightly contradict that. Located directly under Paris is an ancient catacomb believed to be holding the skeletal remains of approximately 6 million people!  The Catacombs are said to have tunnels that spread out as far as 200 miles wide, though a majority of them are impossible to navigate without getting lost in the dark and are not open to tourists. Tours are available to take you to areas open to the public, so if you’re feeling brave, this could be your next big destination.


Palacio De Sal

salt palace room

Rarely can you ever say that too much sodium is good for you. However, when it comes to Palacio De Sal (translated Salt Palace), too much sodium is exactly what the doctor is prescribing. This unique hotel, located at the eastern edge of Salar de Uyuni (the worlds largest salt flat by the way), is made entirely from salt; this includes the furniture and the structure of the buildings. When you go to this hotel, resist the urge to lick the walls since there is a strictly enforced rule prohibiting guests to do so.


Free Spirit Spheres

free spirit sphere

Sleeping among the trees takes on a literal sense with these Free Spirit Spheres located in Qualicom Beach, Canada. One of the coolest aspects of this very unique vacation spot is the fact that your room (thanks to the stretchy webbing that holds the pods in the air) sways with the trees…it’s almost as if the trees are rocking you to sleep.

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