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Alexandria, Minnesota

Kensington Runestone

14th century Norse artifacts in Northwestern Minnesota could have proved a Viking landing before Columbus.
45.8843, -95.3740
Sliding Rock
Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

Sliding Rock

Who needs fancy modern water slides when this giant North Carolina rock works just as well?
35.3115, -82.7876
Casa Bonita
Lakewood, Colorado

Casa Bonita

At this Denver landmark, the meals are compulsory, the sopapillas are complimentary, and the insanity is everywhere.
39.7419, -105.0709
Mountain Goat
Evergreen, Colorado

Mount Evans Scenic Byway

The highest paved road in North America winds its way up Mount Evans in Colorado to an altitude of 14,130 feet above sea level.
39.5883, -105.6438
Jamestown, North Dakota

World's Largest Buffalo

A true roadside icon standing on the same plains that the herds once roamed.
46.8923, -98.6989
Devil's Kettle. (derusha/Flickr)
Grand Marais, Minnesota

Devil's Kettle

Half of a waterfall goes into the river; the other half disappears.
47.7972, -90.1137
Jolly Green Giant Statue
Blue Earth, Minnesota

Jolly Green Giant Statue

This massive roadside mascot was the first version of the giant to illustrate his butt.
43.6513, -94.0951
The cross at the mouth of Cross River.
Schroeder, Minnesota

Father Baraga's Cross

A giant granite cross remembers missionary Father Frederic Baraga, and his safe passage across an angry Lake Superior.
47.5528, -90.8764
A wolf and a hen, destined to race in circles for all eternity
Kellogg, Minnesota

Lark Toys

This secret gem of a toy store houses a rideable carousel populated with fantasy animals hand-carved by one man.
44.3017, -92.0038
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
NWA inflatable plane balloon
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ax-Man Surplus

The Midwest's reigning king of surplus stores is full of nothing you need and everything you want.
44.9559, -93.1693
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Bakken Museum

A museum dedicated to the role of electricity in life.
44.9384, -93.3208
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Museum of Broadcasting

One of the world's finest collections of antique radio, television, and broadcast equipment.
44.9391, -93.3443
Shafer, Minnesota

Franconia Sculpture Park

Community arts organization that hosts a rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures.
45.3796, -92.7036
Front view of Glensheen.
Duluth, Minnesota

Glensheen Historic Estate

This posh mansion began as a family's estate and ended as the site of a murder ripped from the pages of a pulp novel.
46.8152, -92.0511
S.S. William A. Irvin
Duluth, Minnesota

S.S. William A. Irvin

This rare vessel mixed luxury with labor before being converted to a museum and sometimes haunted maze.
46.7794, -92.0988
Big Ole
Alexandria, Minnesota

Big Ole

America's largest viking stands in a Minnesota city that believes it was visited by the ancient nords.
45.8679, -95.3785
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji
Bemidji, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji

These crudely shaped folk giants may be the the second most photographed statues in the U.S.
47.4708, -94.8789
Darwin, Minnesota

World's Largest Ball of Twine Rolled by One Man

17,400 lbs., 12 feet in diameter, and 29 years in the making.
45.0971, -94.4038
Devils Tower, Wyoming

Devils Tower

The first declared National Monument in the United States.
44.5904, -104.7147
Vore Buffalo Jump
Beulah, Wyoming

Vore Buffalo Jump

This shallow pit was once used to send over 20,000 buffalo plummeting to their death.
44.4788, -104.1048
Mammoth Site
Hot Springs, South Dakota

Mammoth Site

This prehistoric sinkhole lured exclusively male mammoths to their death, much to the delight of science.
43.4248, -103.4833
Custer, South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest mountain carving could fit all of Mount Rushmore inside it many times over.
43.8368, -103.6244
Devil's Gulch
Garretson, South Dakota

Devil's Gulch

The ravine where Jesse James supposedly performed an impossible jump to evade capture.
43.7229, -96.4951