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135 ft Peachoid water tower
Gaffney, South Carolina

Gaffney Peachoid

The record holder for the world’s largest peach.
35.0953, -81.6859
Busted Plug Plaza
Columbia, South Carolina

Busted Plug Plaza

The world's largest fire hydrant is supposedly tornado-proof.
34.0075, -81.0327
Neverbust Chain
Columbia, South Carolina

Neverbust Chain

This titanic steel chain linking two buildings was installed without permission but instantly beloved.
34.0056, -81.0350
Tunnelvision
Columbia, South Carolina

Tunnelvision

This psychedelic tromp l'oeil seems to be beckoning drivers to crash into a wall.
34.0072, -81.0325
UFO Welcome Center
Bowman, South Carolina

UFO Welcome Center

This set of rickety spaceships are prepared to give alien travelers a place to relax and go to the bathroom.
33.3518, -80.6846
The Fireproof Building
Charleston, South Carolina

Fireproof Building and South Carolina Historical Society

Once the most flame resistant building in the country, the South Carolina Historical Society building was almost burnt down in a fire.
32.7773, -79.9309
Charleston, South Carolina

Drayton Hall

Oldest unrestored plantation house in America that is open to the public.
32.8682, -80.0821
Elvis Presley collection.
Roscoe, Illinois

Historic Auto Attractions

This deceivingly ordinary warehouse hides an enormous collection of pop culture treasures.
42.4602, -89.0149
Mickey Mantle's childhood home.
Commerce, Oklahoma

Home of Mickey Mantle

The modest childhood home where the baseball legend and Yankees star learned to hit from both sides of the plate.
36.9302, -94.8750
Whiskey barrels in the distillery.
Lynchburg, Tennessee

Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour

All you ever needed or wanted to know about America's favorite whiskey, but not a drop to drink.
35.2853, -86.3683
The Choo Choo sign at night
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

This historic train station has been converted to a locomotive themed hotel.
35.0373, -85.3068
Walnut Street Bridge
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Walnut Street Bridge

Once decrepit and slated for demolition, now one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world.
35.0567, -85.3075
Hatch Show Print at dusk
Nashville, Tennessee

Hatch Show Print

At 135 years old and counting, this historic print shop is heaven for poster nerds and music buffs.
36.1582, -86.7768
A lot goes into making a little bit of cheese.
Tillamook, Oregon

Tillamook Creamery

This unassuming cheese empire in rural Oregon churns out more than 150,000 pounds of cheese each day.
45.4837, -123.8442
Portslade, England

Armada Beacon

This large torch on the Hove coastline helped Sir Francis Drake defend England from the Spanish fleet.
50.8265, -0.1988
A view of the tower from below. (Photo:
Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque Shot Tower

This long unused shot tower on the Mississippi remains a point of pride for a small town in Iowa.
42.5025, -90.6577
The Dickeyville Grotto: full of incredible detail and ingenious designs
Dickeyville, Wisconsin

The Dickeyville Grotto

A tribute to the twin ideals of religion and patriotism, built by a Catholic priest from rocks, glass, and innumerable found items.
42.6291, -90.5908
The six pack in 2008
La Crosse, Wisconsin

World's Largest Six-Pack

Giant six-pack could provide one person a six-pack a day for 3,351 years.
43.8025, -91.2530
A Moonbow in action.
Williamsburg, Kentucky

Cumberland Falls State Park

Moonbows over Kentucky.
36.8368, -84.2490
Fenelon Place Elevator
Dubuque, Iowa

Fenelon Place Elevator

For just a few bucks this Iowa funicular will let you feel like a 1800s fat cat.
42.4963, -90.6694
Mount Carroll, Illinois

Raven's Grin Inn

Former hotel turned into haunted playground.
42.1005, -89.9800
Two-Story Outhouse
Gays, Illinois

Two-Story Outhouse

This historic lavatory leftover features two levels of defecation stations completely without context.
39.4601, -88.4961
View of the well from the west
Mattoon, Illinois

Blalack & Walter Well No. 1

This small-town park in southern Illinois has a 1,000,000-gallon swimming pool and a 100,000-barrel oil well.
39.4816, -88.3980
Illinois' Original Burger King from streetside
Mattoon, Illinois

Illinois’ Original Burger King

The multinational Burger King chain is banned from operating within 20 miles of a family restaurant filed under the same name.
39.4819, -88.3731