Iowa Is Home To The Most Stomach Churning Road In America
When most people think of Iowa, the first word that comes to mind usually is flat. One popular spot for Iowa tourists proves that it's not all flat farmland around here.
There are quite a number of unusual landmarks or tourist attractions that reside in the Hawkeye State, From Brandon's HUGE frying pan to the Fenelon Street Elevator in Dubuque, there is no shortage of interesting things to check out.
One of the most unusual attraction isn't necessarily an "attraction" at all. It's more of a path to get from point A to point B.
And the journey from those two destinations might not be for the faint of heart (or stomach).
Burlington, Iowa is home to about 25,000 people and one iconic tourist attraction. One of the biggest draws to the area is a road about 300 feet long. Yes, you read that right the biggest attraction in the area is a road. Well, it's actually more of an alley...Snake Alley to be exact.
Some people call Snake Alley the Crookedest Street in the World.
If that's even correct English...
It's even been featured on Ripley's Believe it or Not! as the #1 Odd Spot in America. The reason for this title?
Snake Alley consists of 275 feet of curves all along the road...five half-curve turns and two-quarter turns to be exact.
The oddity curation giant Ripley's calls it "unbelievable crooked." And after taking one look at some of the photos and videos of this nearly 300 foot street that makes me nauseas just looking at it, I can see why.
The path is made of blue clay bricks as well as limestone. There is an annual uphill bike race on Memorial Day every single year.
Their legs must be KILLING them after they cross the finish line!
This Burlington landmark is actually located between Columbia and Washington Streets North 6th Street. It was constructed in 1894 to help connect the residential district at the very top to the commercial district, according to TripAdvisor.
These roads are actually incredibly similar to vineyard paths in both Germany and France according to the town website.
Here's even more information about this strange Iowa landmark.