(Photo: Bruce Fingerhood via Flickr. CC Attribution.)
Historians figure the name of this town, which sits 35 miles east of Eugene, is a nod to the biblical character Nimrod, who was a mighty hunter, and the excellent trout fishing here on the McKenzie River. Somehow, though, when you pose for a photo beneath the Nimrod sign, you look more silly than mighty. Forget trying to steal the popular icon, though. Apparently enough Nimrodians and visitors have succeeded that it is now bolted down.
If You Go: Just for laughs, hike the one-mile Hehe Trail in Oregon's Willamette National Forest, a 110-mile stretch of woodland along the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains. It climbs up to the ridgeline and offers great views over the valley. Go rafting on the Upper McKenzie River or fishing near McKenzie Bridge.
Honorable Mentions: Knockemstiff, Ohio; Coward, South Carolina