When considering vacation spots, why stick with the same old destinations everybody goes to? There are lots of fascinating locales with weird names that can make for a unique vacation you'll never forget.
Like, why is there a Normal, Illinois? Is it because there were abnormal people in Illinois and they wanted to differentiate between the two groups? Normal, Illinois is named because the Illinois governor in 1857 created a bill to establish a 'normal' school. The term normal was based on the schools in France that were set up to become teaching colleges.
Part of the stipulation of the governor's bill was that the location for the school would be the best place that would entice students to come to college. Because Bloomington, IL, raised the most funds to support the school, the 'normal"' school was built outside Bloomington.
Consequently, the town was called Normal, and the university was called Illinois State Normal University―today it's known by Illinois State University.
Of course, you have to visit Bird-in-Hand while you're there, too. Wonder if Good Intent, PA, is anywhere nearby?
While it has a weird name, the residents find much pride in their slogan, 'Boring...the most exciting place to live'. This would be a boring vacation destination!
After a while, a sign was constructed that said, 'Hot Coffee'. People soon referred to the Inn as 'Hot Coffee', and eventually the area surrounding the inn was called the same thing.
Certainly exploring this weirdly named town would be a good vacation spot―as long as you don't drink the moonshine or run into a pirate.
Some vacation destinations might make you feel a little spacey―Jupiter, FL (which is a nice destination, by the way); Mars, PA; Mercury, NV; Saturn, TX; Neptune, TN; Pluto, MS; or Earth, TX. What would a vacation be without a little Romance in AR? And for the most unusual vacation of all, maybe you should visit Odd, WV, and Peculiar, MS.
Our United States...full of wonderful and amazing places! Each state loaded with cities that have interesting and intriguing names. Maybe a new slant for a vacation would be to visit a state and find a city that has a weird name. You could learn history and see the countryside as well. You never know―you might just wind up in the middle of Heaven or Hell!