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Years ago, I saw a child almost plummet out the Emergency Exit (and it would need to be a dire emergency, to knowingly venture out there that high off the ground,) near this high area of the house. The door's opening set off an alarm but staff didn't even raise an eyebrow. Scary place!
Spring Green, Wisconsin

House on the Rock

A bizarre house filled with an astounding array of collections
43.0970, -90.1349
Mitchell, South Dakota

The Corn Palace

A fitting attraction for the corn capital of the world
43.7146, -98.0254
Ed Gein's chipped headstone as it appeared in 1999, prior to being stolen, returned, and sequestered at a museum in Waushara County, Wisconsin.
Plainfield, Wisconsin

Grave of Ed Gein

Eternal resting place of the grave robber and murderer who served as inspiration for many of cinema’s famous madmen.
44.2167, -89.5204
Key West, Florida

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

Home of the Nobel Prize-winning American writer, today home to many six-toed cats
24.5511, -81.8005
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes
43.9933, -102.2418
Three levels of shopping stacked on top of one another, built above the world's largest underground aquarium, and centered around a full-blown indoor amusement park.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more then you think it is...
44.8550, -93.2421
Roadside park with marker
Peshtigo, Wisconsin

45th Parallel Marker

Almost half-way between the Equator and North Pole
44.9989, -87.8535
Key West, Florida

The Conch Republic

"We Seceded Where Others Failed"
24.5557, -81.7826
Seattle, Washington

Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

A museum dedicated to the history and exploration of both popular music and science fiction
47.6216, -122.3481
The top of the Space Needle exemplifies Googie architecture. (Wikimedia Commons)
Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest
47.6201, -122.3484
The world's largest popcorn ball. (The Popcorn Factory)
Sac City, Iowa

World's Largest Popcorn Ball

Eight feet in diameter and more than 24 feet around
42.4223, -94.9927
One of the two completed sections for the Barge Canal.
Palatka, Florida

Cross Florida Barge Canal

Public works and national defense project meant to carve a canal all the way across the state of Florida
29.5375, -81.7467
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Bronze Fonz

Statue dedicated to the star of an old television show
43.0410, -87.9098
Albert The Bull
Audubon, Iowa

Albert The Bull

World's Largest Bull
41.7132, -94.9291
Tourists flock to the buoy (Flickr/Turtle43)
Key West, Florida

Southernmost Point of the USA

A monument marking the idea of reaching inaccessible places
24.5465, -81.7975
The building stands almost exactly as it did 200 years ago, inside and out, with expansions for an upstairs cafe and restaurant
New Orleans, Louisiana

Jean Lafitte's Old Absinthe House

A 200-year-old bar in the historic French Quarter refuses to give up its place in history, nor its role in securing ours
29.9554, -90.0684
View of the tower in 2012
San Francisco, California

Yerba Buena Tower

Condemned US Navy seaplane control tower turned officers’ club sits atop Yerba Buena Island
37.8099, -122.3659
Santa Monica, California

Pacific Park Solar Ferris Wheel

A second generation sun-powered marvel lights up the night
34.0083, -118.4978
Naming this building was easy
Los Angeles, California

Binocular Building

In a city filled with Frank Gehry buildings, one stands alone as one of his weirder works
33.9967, -118.4783
The gym
Los Angeles, California

Muscle Beach

An historic and oft-filmed spot for musclebound iron pumpers on the Pacific coast
33.9814, -118.4689
Los Angeles, California

Declaration Sculpture

60 feet of towering steel balances gracefully
33.9865, -118.4745
The sign. Simple.
Santa Monica, California

Route 66: End of the Trail

A sign at the end of the Santa Monica Pier marks the end of the legendary American highway, symbolizing that this road only ended when the sea stood in its way
34.0094, -118.4973
The park draws a fairly different group than the ones hanging out over at Muscle Beach
Los Angeles, California

International Chess Park

This well-traveled chess park offers scenic views of the pacific and a colorful, eclectic clientele
33.9960, -118.4817
Des Moines, Iowa

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

This zombie-themed restaurant stands out in the heart of corn country
41.5904, -93.6133