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Hayward, Wisconsin

Moccasin Bar

Gambling, boozing, and yodeling animals cover the walls of this dive bar cum natural history museum.
Peshtigo, Wisconsin

Peshtigo Fire Museum

A museum devoted to the victims and the survivors of the most catastrophic fire in American history.
Ishpeming, Michigan

Da Yoopers Tourist Trap

A comedy troupe's collection of bizarre humor.
Grand Marais, Minnesota

Devil's Kettle

Half of a waterfall goes into the river while the other half seems to disappear.
Grand Marais, Minnesota

Naniboujou Lodge

Duluth mineral magnates built this charming art deco lodge to be their private clubhouse.
Iron River, Michigan

Iron County Historical Museum

Large pioneer village showcasing life during boom times.
L'Anse, Michigan

Bishop Baraga Shrine

This missionary's legacy looms large over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan—literally.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Isa Lake

The only natural lake in the world that drains into both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Flemington, New Jersey

Northlandz

One of the world's largest model railroads is a mind-boggling achievement.
Lincoln, Illinois

Phone Booth on a Roof

Today this bizarre rooftop phone booth seems like a piece of kitsch but it was once used to spot disastrous storms.
Kewanee, Illinois

Woodland Palace

The dream home of an iconoclastic renaissance man still stands as a monument to his domestically mundane vision.
Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque Shot Tower

This long unused shot tower on the Mississippi remains a point of pride for a small city in Iowa.
Celebration, Florida

Mickey Pylon

Electrical pylon in the shape of Disney's beloved mouse.
Kissimmee, Florida

Monument of States

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, rocks and fossils from every U.S. state were collected into a pyramid of national unity.
Lakeland, Florida

'Child of the Sun' Campus

A Florida college boasts the world's largest single-site collection of structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
West Palm Beach, Florida

Unit 11 in the Everglades

A failed, un-built suburb that has been going feral for decades.
Delray Beach, Florida

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Japanese gardens dedicated to the Japanese farmer that refused to throw in the trowel.
South Bay, Florida

Gatorland

One of many gator theme parks, abandoned in the sugar fields of South Florida.
Palm Beach, Florida

Johnnie Brown's Grave

Grab a slice of pizza next to the remains of the "human monkey" who ran for mayor.
Homestead, Florida

Ed Leedskalnin's Coral Castle

A mysterious castle built as a monument to lost love.
Key Biscayne, Florida

Neptune Memorial Reef

An underwater city for the dead.
Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater Virgin Mary

This glass-stain Mary attracted thousands of pilgrims until her head was shattered by a vandal with a slingshot.
Tampa, Florida

Two-Headed Gator of Seminole Heights

"Bite or Smite" became the unlikely mascot of a Tampa suburb.
Sarasota, Florida

Molly the Mollusk

The giant squid's 27-foot-long corpse lies preserved within a Sarasota aquarium.