12 Strange Tourist Attractions


Lucy the Elephant

Looming 65 feet over the beach at Margate, New Jersey, Lucy the Elephant is the only example of "zoomorphic architecture" left in the United States. With staircases in her legs leading to rooms inside, the wide-eyed elephant was originally built in 1881 as a real-estate promotion. Over the years Lucy has served as a summer home, a tavern, a hotel, and a tourist attraction. Relocation in 1970 spared Lucy from demolition, and she received a loving face-lift and restoration in 2000.