Hole in the rock, Moab, UT
Where:12 miles south of Moab on U.S. Highway 191
Adventure-seekers and adrenaline junkies on their way to appreciate Moab’s natural beauty will definitely want to take a detour to see this unbelievable man-made structure: It’s a 5,000-square-foot, 14-room home that was carved entirely out of rock in the 1940s by a family known as the Christensens. It took the family 12 years to excavate 50,000 cubic feet of sandstone and transform Hole in the rock into their fully furnished and inhabitable home, complete with fireplace, stone-carved bathtub, 65-foot chimney, and a sculpture of President Roosevelt. After the family patriarch passed away, wife Gladys began inviting visitors to tour the home, which over the years has transformed into a major destination for some 500 daily visitors who come for a 12-minute tour of the bizarre and kitschy family abode. There’s even a petting zoo, trading post and general store.