6. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Though the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest isn’t too “off-the-beaten path,” this 44 year tradition is a sight to behold. This year, 2015 champion Matt Stonie is back to defend his title against heavy hitters such as Joey Chestnut, who is a world record holder in most hot dogs eaten. The event is at Coney Island on July 4th at 10am and is free to the public.

Before you go, brush up on your Nathan’s Famous history and secrets with our guide.