The United States is known as “the land of the free.” But honestly, “the land of the weirdly named” might be more accurate. Across the 50 states, more than anywhere else in the world, cities and townships have some of the strangest names you’ll find. From monikers that tell you where, exactly, you’ll be spending all of eternity (it’s not pleasant…) to locales inspired by Saint Nick, these unusual town names are sure to leave you in stitches. And when you want to tickle that funny bone again, check out the 75 Jokes That Are So Bad They’re Actually Funny.
Bacon Level, AL
A triumphant name if followed by “high.” A tragic one if followed by “low.”
Alaska may be beautiful, but we hear this town is always telling visitors to beat it. If you want to make your trip to Alaska way more fun, start with the 20 Ways to Make Travel Less Stressful.
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Greasy Corner, AR
We’re guessing tourism isn’t exactly booming in this unappetizingly-named town.
Forks of Salmon, CA
We’re all about omega-3s, but this is taking things a bit far.
The perfect town to escape to when you don’t want your mom, significant other, or boss to know where you’ve been but aren’t a good liar.
Let’s hope Insuranceville and Lawyerville are within driving distance. When you want a less perilous-sounding vacation, book a trip to one of the 20 Most Zen Places on Earth.
Blue Ball, DE
Not a great town for dating, or so we hear.
Fluffy Landing, FL
Is anyone imagining a town-sized pillow fort? Knowing Florida, it’s probably a fort full of alligators, though.
Ty Ty, GA
Wait until the nap hotel industry hears about this place.
We’re sure it’s beautiful, but rumor has it this town is hot as blazes.
No offense to Idaho, but this seems like downgrade from the North Pole. If Idaho isn’t on the itinerary, try out the powder in one of these 9 Best Luxury Ski Resorts in America.
Bone Gap, IL
This sounds like one of those Instagram body trends that lands teenagers in the hospital.
Young America, IN
What Cheer, IA
If you’re happy and you know it, move here.
The Switzerland of Kansas. And when you want to make your trip to Neutral a little more exciting, get there on one of the 40 Roads Everyone Should Drive by Age 40.
Hell for Certain, KY
I mean, we always knew there was a chance.
Every librarian’s dream vacation destination.
There’s a place called Friendship in a state that calls itself Vacationland? And we were just about to buy that house in Hell for Certain.
Probably not a great place to live if you’re trying to cut your car insurance payments.
Satan’s Kingdom, MA
We never imagined the underworld would be so far north.
White Pigeon, MI
Did they mean “dove”?
We’re a little red in the face for learning about this Minnesota town so late. Want to make a pit stop on your next adventure? Check out The 33 Best Roadside Attractions in America.
We’ve got our minds on this Mississippi town and this Mississippi town on our minds.
Lollipop and ice cream sales here are through the roof, or so we hear.
Bear Dance, MT
This sounds equal parts dangerous and adorable.
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Scotty’s Junction, NV
Well, at least he got something out of his relationship with Kourtney Kardashian.
Happy Corner, NH
The part of the room with the bed/a town in New Hampshire.
We like this town and we cannot lie.
Truth or Consequences, NM
This town got so excited about the prospect of having the radio show of the same name aired from here that the town changed its name to make it happen.
This town’s name feels like a Godfather reference, but it actually refers to the not-any-less-creepy horse skulls found in this location.
This icky name actually refers to the boogeymen legend locals would tell to keep tourists out.
A terrible town to wear a trench coat in.
This town’s name doesn’t refer to fighting but is actually thought to be a reference to the strength of the local moonshine.
Apparently, Slapout’s unusual name comes from the local store having low inventory, or being “slap out” of whatever customers wanted.
This Oregon town is named after a river that—you guessed it—zigzags through the land.
Big Beaver, PA
Dam, that’s an unusual name.
Little Compton, RI
Home of the famous Little NWA.
Burns Down, SC
If this South Carolina town was going for something confidence-inspiring, they may have just missed the mark.
We’re guessing business is booming?
If you’re looking for the opposite of the Big Easy, we may have found it.
Jot Em Down, TX
Yet another town named for a radio show, this town took the name of the store on Lum and Abner, which ran from 1931 to 1954.
American Fork, UT
A town that captured the United States’ two greatest passions: patriotism and snacks.
Bread Loaf, VT
But is it gluten-free?
This is what happens when you let people name towns after a breakup.
Electric City, WA
With a population of just about 1,000, we’re guessing this Washington town isn’t the all-night rave the name makes it out to be.
“Just a dash” and “smidge” were already taken.
Donna Summer’s ghost is said to roam the streets of this town, looking for someone to take her up on that last dance.
We’re going to go ahead and guess that Recluse residents aren’t exactly the partying type. Luckily, when you want to travel somewhere a little more exciting, these 15 Best Under-the-Radar American Escapes.
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