5 Places to Visit Off The Beaten Path

Stonehenge II

Where: Ingram, Texas (about an hour/hour-and-a-half west of San Antonio)

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Built by the late Al Shepperd and Doug Hill over 20 years ago, the creation of what would become Stonehenge II started out as an art project. The replica is about 90 percent the height and 60 percent the width of the original Stonehenge, but many of the stones in the replica are made using steel, metal, and plaster. Still, Stonehenge II is a realistic-looking replica worthy of the hour-long trip west of SA—at least until you can visit the real deal. Oh, and did we mention there are two giant moai replicas? Count us in! Click here for more info.

La Veladora of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Where: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

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Built by local artist Jesse Treviño and standing 40-ft. tall, the three-dimensional candle of La Virgen de Guadalupe, located on the west side of San Antonio, also happens to be the largest mosaic of the Virgin Mary in the world. I know this isn't new territory by any means, but, even if you’ve already visited this gem, try taking along a friend or family member who hasn’t yet been. Plus, it's the candle of all candles, so you may or may not find me there on the regular come Spurs playoffs. Click here for more info.  

 

The Quadrangle

Where: Fort Sam Houston

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Within Fort Sam Houston lies the Quadrangle, and within the Quadrangle you can find wildlife such as deer, rabbits, geese, ducks, peacocks, and other birds roaming the grounds. The Quadrangle dates back to the late nineteenth century and served as a quartermaster's depot before becoming a solidified Army post. Did you know Apache leader Geronimo was once held captive there? It was speculated around the time that the deer were brought in specifically for Geronimo (to hunt, I suppose), but that rumor has since been deemed untrue. If you're a history buff, or, hey, maybe you just want to get up close and personal with some animals, check out this spot. Click here for more info.  

Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum

Where: 239 Abiso Ave., San Antonio, TX 78209

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San Antonian Barney Smith, a retired master plumber, has amassed approximately 1,200 toilet seats, each uniquely decorated with just about anything you can conjure up in your mind. Star Wars? Yep! The Wizard of Oz? Check! The Space Shuttle Challenger? Yes! Even JFK? Claro, my friend. But what about one coated with volcanic ash from Mount St. Helens? It's  been done. See what I mean? But don't take my word for it. Check out the unique museum, based in a garage, for yourself. Be sure to call Smith ahead of time though 'cause, you know, no one likes unexpected visitors while on the John. Click here for more info. 

Cathedral of junk

Where: 4422 Lareina Drive, Austin, Texas, 78745

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Next time you find yourself in the Austin area, make a stop at the Cathedral of Junk. Vince Hannemann, who has been collecting all sorts of unwanted items since 1989, has built entire rooms and meandering pathways, even a “zen garden of TVs,” out of junk items. While this may sound weird (go figure, it’s Austin), a trip to the Cathedral of Junk will, at the very least, make you feel slightly less guilty about your occasional hoarding tendencies. It's a win! Click here for more info.

Do you have a favorite, unusual spot to visit? Let us know in the comments below! 

Sources: 

http://www.atlasobscura.com

http://www.roadsideamerica.com