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Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City State Hospital

Former self-sufficient mental institution now a planned community.
44.7564, -85.6426
Looking southward from the Upper Peninsula
Mackinac County, Michigan

The Mackinac Bridge

The fourth-longest suspension bridge the world, connecting one Michigan peninsula to another.
45.8160, -84.7270
Charlevoix, Michigan

Earl Young Gnome Houses

Unique Michigan homes look like something out of Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings."
45.3181, -85.2584
Roadside park with marker
Peshtigo, Wisconsin

45th Parallel Marker

Almost half-way between the Equator and North Pole.
44.9989, -87.8535
Marquette, Michigan

The Superior Dome

As its grandiose name implies, this wooden dome is unsurpassed in size.
46.5604, -87.3938
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Stone Arch Bridge

The Oldest Bridge in Minneapolis.
44.9845, -93.2555
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, built in 1915.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park)

Home to the Amorphophallus titanum "Corpse Flower," which is among the largest flowers in the world and also smells powerfully of rotting flesh when in bloom.
44.9798, -93.1480
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
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

A museum celebrating the self-taught artist-environment builder.
43.7525, -87.7101
Home plate at the "Field of Dreams" movie site.
Dyersville, Iowa

Field of Dreams Movie Site

Outside of Dyersville, Iowa, a pop-culture attraction.
42.4982, -91.0553
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
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Growing Power

Complex aquaponics systems allow fish and plants to grow in harmony.
43.1199, -87.9816
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

This striking art museum holds an amazing series of curiosity cabinets.
43.0385, -87.8975
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Bronze Fonz

Statue dedicated to the star of an old television show.
43.0410, -87.9098
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

American Science & Surplus

Robots, Lasers, and Whoopee Cushions. Oh My!
42.9877, -87.9990
Small scale interplanetary traveler visiting the old model
Peoria, Illinois

Peoria Scale Model of the Solar System

The world's third-largest scale model of the planets.
40.6900, -89.5897
Photo of one of the lions from J.H. Patterson's book "The Man-eaters of Tsavo", 1907
Chicago, Illinois

Tsavo Man Eaters

These pretty kitties killed and ate as many as 135 railway workers.
41.8662, -87.6186
Chicago, Illinois

American Science and Surplus

A science teacher's dream.
41.9769, -87.7697
Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles

Half-sized replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa built to honor Galileo.
42.0125, -87.7841
The Collider Detector at Fermilab.
Batavia, Illinois

Fermilab

World's second largest particle accelerator, where nature reveals its secrets.
41.8319, -88.2572
Batavia, Illinois

Fabyan Windmill

Arguably the best example of an authentic Dutch windmill in the United States, rivaling its counterparts in the Netherlands.
41.8770, -88.3035
Florence, Italy

Ospedale degli Innocenti (Hospital of the Innocents)

Renaissance hospital featuring a rotating door into which unwanted babies were dropped.
43.7763, 11.2612
Isola San Michele Funeral gates
Murano, Italy

Isola di San Michele

Venice's island of the dead.
45.4470, 12.3466
View from across Piazza San Marco.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower - Torre dell'Orologio

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
45.4347, 12.3389