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Une étrange construction se dresse dans l'ouest du Nebraska. Carhenge est une réplique du célèbre monolithe anglais Stonehenge, créée à l'aide de vieilles voitures.

État de Washington, Nebraska, Nevada, Californie, Floride

Cinq endroits étranges et attrayants à visiter aux États-Unis

Par: Claire Volkman

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Du pont du Golden Gate à la Statue de la Liberté, les États-Unis regorgent d'attraits dignes d'être photographiés.

Mais il existe d'autres lieux au pays qui sont aussi étranges qu'attrayants. Qu'il s'agisse d'un site de visite extraterrestre ou d'un château entièrement construit en pierre de corail, les États-Unis ne manquent pas d'attraits uniques et inhabituels.

1. Freemont Troll

You might be surprised by what you can do in the U.S. National Parks.

1. Fremont Troll

Washington

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The Fremont Troll resides under an overpass in Seattle, Washington. Pay him a visit for a memorable photo op.

Lurking beneath an overpass in Seattle, Washington’s Fremont district, this troll has been a spooky presence since 1990. He was built by four local artists as part of a competition promoting urban renewal. Standing 5.5 meters in height, the bearded giant clutches a sculpture of a Volkswagen Beetle in one hand while propping himself up with the other, giving him the appearance of climbing out of the ground. The Fremont Troll has become a beloved part of the neighborhood, charming locals and attracting visitors from all over the world.

2. Area 51

Nevada

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Follow the Extraterrestrial Highway through this eerie portion of Nevada, which is said to have welcomed visitors from outer space.

You can’t watch a Twilight Zone episode or a sci-fi movie without hearing a mention of Area 51, the U.S. Air Force test site 134 kilometers north of Las Vegas, Nevada. Science fiction readers and conspiracy theorists believe the area houses unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and other proof of extraterrestrial life. Since it’s still an active top-secret government area, you aren’t allowed to tour or even park near the entrances of Area 51. You can enjoy the alien-themed gas stations, restaurants and gift shops along the Extraterrestrial Highway, (also known as Nevada State Route 375).

3. Carhenge

Nebraska

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A strange sight in western Nebraska, Carhenge is a recreation of England’s famous Stonehenge made from old cars.

You can’t get any weirder than Carhenge, a replica of England’s Stonehenge made entirely out of old, painted cars in western Nebraska. Located in the middle of the prairie about 250 kilometers northeast of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Carhenge is truly an “off the beaten path” attraction. In 1987, artist Jim Reinders created Carhenge out of 39 vintage automobiles as a way to study the design of Stonehenge and attempt to determine its purpose. Due to its popularity, a visitor’s center was constructed in 2006 to offer more information about this quirky U.S. treasure.

4. Death Valley’s Racetrack

California

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The traveling rocks at the Racetrack in Death Valley National Park have perplexed scientists and visitors for decades.

Stretching along the California-Nevada border, Death Valley National Park is famous for its otherworldly landscape, complete with rolling sand dunes and towering mountain peaks. But the most peculiar part of the park’s landscape might be the Racetrack. Located in the California portion of the park, this stretch of dried lakebed looks almost as though it’s made of tiles, the geometric surface disturbed only by — wait for it — traveling rocks. Although no one has actually seen the rocks move, their paths are clearly visible. Scientists believe that the rocks are propelled across the hot desert floor when minimal rainfall freezes and then melts in the hot sun, causing the rocks (some of them weighing up to 270 kilograms) to slide.

5. Coral Castle

Florida

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Many Florida locals believe the bizarre Coral Castle near Miami is a feat of superhuman strength.

Florida is home to many kitschy attractions and one-of-a-kind wonders that have beckoned tourists for decades. However, none is as uniquely eccentric as the Coral Castle. Located about 50 kilometers southwest of Miami, the castle was built by Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin using nearly 1,000 metric tons of coral rock. The construction of this magnificent structure is cause for a bit of speculation from Florida natives. Many believe Leedskalnin used supernatural abilities, since he constructed the castle by himself without any machinery. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the castle is a museum open daily for tours.

The Fremont Troll resides under an overpass in Seattle, Washington. Pay him a visit for a memorable photo op

The Fremont Troll resides under an overpass in Seattle, Washington. Pay him a visit for a memorable photo op
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2. Area 51

Il est pratiquement impossible de regarder un épisode de la série Au-delà du réel ou un film de science-fiction sans entendre une référence au site d'essai de l'armée de l'air américaine « Area 51 », situé à 134 kilomètres au nord de Las Vegas, au Nevada. Les amateurs de science-fiction et les théoriciens du complot croient que cette zone abrite des objets volants non identifiés (OVNI) et d'autres preuves d'une vie extraterrestre. Puisque la zone est toujours un site ultra-secret utilisé par le gouvernement, il vous sera impossible de le visiter ou même de vous garer à proximité des entrées. Vous pourrez toutefois visiter les stations-service, restaurants et boutiques à thème extraterrestre le long de l'autoroute des extraterrestres, également connue comme la route d'État 375.

Follow the Extraterrestrial Highway through this eerie portion of Nevada, which is said to have welcomed visitors from outer space

Follow the Extraterrestrial Highway through this eerie portion of Nevada, which is said to have welcomed visitors from outer space
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3. Carhenge

Difficile de trouver plus étrange que Carhenge, une réplique des célèbres monolithes de Stonehenge entièrement créée à partir de vieilles voitures peintes en gris, dans l'ouest du Nebraska. Situé au centre des prairies à environ 250 kilomètres au nord-est de la ville de Cheyenne, au Wyoming, Carhenge constitue sans contredit un attrait touristique hors des sentiers battus. L'artiste Jim Reinders a construit Carhenge en 1987 à l'aide de 39 automobiles d'époque. Il souhaitait étudier Stonehenge et tenter d'en déterminer les origines. La popularité sans cesse croissante du site a entraîné, en 2006, la construction d'un centre des visiteurs pour offrir plus d'information sur ce trésor américain on ne peut plus original.

A strange sight in western Nebraska, Carhenge is a recreation of England’s famous Stonehenge made from old cars

A strange sight in western Nebraska, Carhenge is a recreation of England’s famous Stonehenge made from old cars
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Samir Luther/Flickr

4. Lac Racetrack de la Death Valley

Stretching along the California-Nevada border, Death Valley National Park is famous for its otherworldly landscape, complete with rolling sand dunes and towering mountain peaks. But the most peculiar part of the park’s landscape might be the Racetrack. Located in the California portion of the park, this stretch of dried lakebed looks almost as though it’s made of tiles, the geometric surface disturbed only by — wait for it — traveling rocks. Although no one has actually seen the rocks move, their paths are clearly visible. Scientists believe that the rocks are propelled across the hot desert floor when minimal rainfall freezes and then melts in the hot sun, causing the rocks (some of them weighing up to 270 kilograms) to slide

The traveling rocks at the Racetrack in Death Valley National Park have perplexed scientists and visitors for decades

The traveling rocks at the Racetrack in Death Valley National Park have perplexed scientists and visitors for decades
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Howard Ignatius/Flickr

5. Coral Castle

 

La Floride offre de nombreux attraits kitsch et autres merveilles uniques qui attirent les touristes depuis des décennies. Aucun toutefois n'est aussi excentrique que le Coral Castle (château en pierre de corail), situé à une cinquantaine de kilomètres au sud-ouest de Miami. Construit par l'immigrant letton Ed Leedskalnin avec près de 1 000 tonnes métriques de pierre de corail, la construction de cette structure magnifique demeure une source de spéculation au sein des habitants de la Floride. Plusieurs croient que Leedskalnin possédait des pouvoirs surnaturels puisqu'il a construit le château seul et sans machinerie. Transformé en musée, le château fait désormais partie du registre national des sites historiques et il est ouvert tous les jours.

Many Florida locals believe the bizarre Coral Castle near Miami is a feat of superhuman strength

Many Florida locals believe the bizarre Coral Castle near Miami is a feat of superhuman strength
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