Hokey tourist trap or genuine scientific enigma? Since 1940, curious throngs baffled by the Mystery Spot have made it one of the most visited attractions in Santa Cruz. The laws of gravity and physics don't appear to apply in this tiny patch of redwood forest, where balls roll uphill and people stand on a slant. Purchasing online tickets ($6) is advised for weekend and holiday visits.
465 Mystery Spot Rd., off Branciforte Dr. (north off Hwy. 1), Santa Cruz, California, 95065, United States