Welcome to the world, oh yeah/A very unusual place–Sister Hazel, “Green (Welcome to the World),” (2007)
10. New York City, New York
Highlights include the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and the Elevator Historical Society. Grab a drink and enjoy the (ahem) strangers as NYC ranks high for people watching.
9. Seattle, Washington
Oddities include a summer solstice nude bike ride, and Norm’s Eatery & Ale House where canines can keep you company at your table.
8. Kansas City, Missouri
The 1950s All-Electric House provides a vintage perspective of how people imagined the future. Other oddities include the Arabia Steamboat Museum and the coffee stop Oddly Correct.
7. Baltimore, Maryland
See Atomic Books where John Waters picks up his fan mail, The Wire, and the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, too.
6. San Francisco, California
Highly-rated cocktail lounges make people-watching great. Other than the art, there’s crazy, crooked Lombard Street and Alcatraz prison.
5. Albuquerque, New Mexico
New Mexico is more than Breaking Bad. It’s the ABQ Trolley Company’s BaD Tour, enjoying a faux-meth-sprinkled donut at Rebel Donuts and the former psychiatric hospital Hotel Parq Central.
4. Providence, Rhode Island
Don’t miss the Trinity Repertory Theatre, the Big Nazo Theater’s giant puppet plays, and give a listen to the Extraordinary Rendition marching band.
3. Portland, Oregon
This hipster mecca includes MadeHere PDX which sells everything from “mustache wax… [to] a wood-and-leather six-pack holder for cyclists.” Also, see the Shanghai Tunnels with its eerie (possibly embellished) history.
2. Austin, Texas
Check out the Alamo Drafthouse, and Shiner Bock cinemas, the Javelina bar which hosts live armadillo races, and the Sfanthor wax museum that focuses on fantasy, horror, and sci-fi.
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
The non-stop festivals, voodoo shops, and “jubilant funerals” are what took this city to the top. People watch from the relative safety of a NOLA Social Ride.