Madrid, a former mining town, is one of the funkiest places in America. The mine shut down during the 1950s, and Madrid nearly became a ghost town, until a group of artists took up residence, renovating many of the old Sears & Roebuck kit houses built by the miners. Today it's a busy town full of galleries, shops, boutiques and restaurants. It also starred as the setting for the movie Wild Hogs.
Madrid was most famous for its annual display of outdoor Christmas lights, hung by the miners. Commercial planes used to divert from their normal routes in order to fly over Madrid so passengers could admire the dazzling light displays. Today's residents continue to adorn the town in lights during the holidays.