St. Ignace Mystery Spot.
Mystery Spot, St. Ignace, Michigan.

Mystery Spots

Mysterious spots pockmark the tourist landscape, promising to show Nature and Physics gone berserk. Mystery Spots offer an amazingly similar menu of wall-walking, seat-balancing, body-shrinking and growing tricks; most are placed suspiciously near interstate interchanges and bloated tourist meccas.

The drama of the unexplained is best conveyed by an old codger, wise to government coverups and the shifty vagaries of science. Listening to the ravings of the expert at the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz, California, is half the fun.

St. Ignace, Michigan Mystery Spot. Unfortunately, many mystery spots fail this crucial test, employing 14-year-olds to convince skeptical summer visitors of their spot's veracity. "Scientists think it's caused by the 'igmmeous' rock in the hill, I think..." offered one bored, gum-clicking expert.

Oregon Vortex

For our money, America's premier mystery spot is the Oregon Vortex near Gold Hill, Oregon, open to the public since 1930. Tennis balls really do seem to roll uphill here, brooms really do stand on end.

After subjecting many spots to rigorous, very scientific tests, our Mystery Spot Test Kit ™ indicates that the Oregon Vortex is the most disturbed.

What causes the mysterious goings-on here? No one knows.

One theory is that a great beam of "high velocity soft electrons" exits the earth through the vortex. Another claims that a giant underground device produces the weird effects.

Broom stands at Blowing Rock Mystery Spot.Skeptics usually write off the effects observed in Mystery Spots as nothing more than optical illusions manipulated to mysteriously lighten the wallets of tourists. But when was the last time you enjoyed a vacation accompanied by a skeptic?

For the true believers, there's always a trendy scientific theory on the gift shop shelves, explaining how TIME speeds up and S-S-L-L-O-W-W-W-W-S-S-S down in a vortex, depending on where you stand and when.

One man who apparently knew the secret of the Oregon Vortex -- John Litster -- studied its effects first-hand for more than forty years. He even claims to have corresponded with Einstein on the subject. What he uncovered no one will ever know, for he burned all his notes before his death.

"The world isn't yet ready for what goes on here," he warned.

Also see: Mystery Spot Test Kit

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Santa Cruz Mystery Spot

Address:
465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz, CA
Directions:
East of Hwy 17, off Branciforte Drive.
Hours:
Tours Summer 9 am - 7 pm, Winter 10 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
831-423-8897
Admission:
Entrance fee and parking fee.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Mystery Spot

Address:
150 Martin Lake Rd, St. Ignace, MI
Directions:
I-75 exit 344. Drive west on US Hwy 2 for a couple of miles. North side of road.
Hours:
Daily summer 8 am - 9 pm; fewer hours and days off-season. (Call to verify)
Phone:
906-643-8322
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Oregon Vortex

Address:
4303 Sardine Creek Rd., Gold Hill, OR
Directions:
I-5 exit 40, right at end of ramp then left on Hwy 99. Go through town, then right onto Sardine Creek Rd. 3 miles, left at the fork, then another mile to the Vortex.
Hours:
Open daily Jun-Aug 9am-5pm, Mar-May and Sep-Oct 9am-4pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
541-855-1543
Admission:
Adults $10.00
RA Rates:
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Mystery Hole

Address:
US Hwy 60, Ansted, WV
Directions:
West of town. On US 60 at mile marker 44, just west of Hawks Nest State Park.
Hours:
W-M 10:30 am - 6 pm (summer); reduced hrs/days off-season; wknds only - Apr. (Call to verify)
Phone:
304-658-9101
Admission:
Adults $6.50
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Cosmos Mystery Area

Address:
24040 Cosmos Rd, Rapid City, SD
Directions:
North of Keystone two miles on US 16, then east one mile on US 16 toward Rapid City. Or from Rapid City, go South on Hwy 16 past Rockerville until you see the blue entrance sign for the Cosmos before US 16A.
Hours:
Closed in Winter. (Call to verify)
Phone:
605-343-9802
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Anti-Gravity House

Wonder World Cave and Park

Address:
1000 Prospect St., San Marcos, TX
Directions:
Wonder World Cave and Park. Southwest side of town. I-35 exit 202. Northwest on Wonder World Drive, right on Hopkins St., left on Bishop St., right on Prospect St.
Phone:
512-392-3760
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