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Sacred Heart Seminary Shrine
Geneva, Illinois

Sacred Heart Seminary Shrine

A hidden grotto on the grounds of the Kane County Government Center.
41.8793, -88.3086
World's Largest Cross.
Effingham, Illinois

America's Largest Cross

Known as the "Cross At The Crossroads," this massive metal crucifix is just short enough to avoid the FAA.
39.0951, -88.5665
Nashville, Tennessee

Concrete Parthenon

"Athens of the South."
36.1497, -86.8132
Tiger, Georgia

Goats On The Roof

Happiness is a goat on a roof.
34.8397, -83.4197
Nachoochee Mound
Helen, Georgia

Nacoochee Mound

This lovely burial mound is actually a replica that was installed after archeologists excavated the original.
34.7658, -83.6987
The bow of the ark
Williamstown, Kentucky

Ark Encounter

A theme park featuring a replica of Noah's Ark built to the measurements specified in the Bible.
38.6253, -84.5857
Poetry Foundation Library.
Chicago, Illinois

Poetry Foundation Library

The 30,000-volume library is one of the world's most impressive poetry collections.
41.8954, -87.6303
Lower Lower Wacker Drive.
Chicago, Illinois

Lower Lower Wacker Drive

Illegal drag racing two stories beneath Chicago’s streets.
41.8869, -87.6296
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
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha Mandir.
West Chicago, Illinois

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha Mandir

This elaborate Hindu temple is located in a Chicago suburb, but looks like it was transported directly from India.
41.9429, -88.2061
Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum
Oak Park, Illinois

Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum

The famous author's birthplace is preserved in a town that he once described as narrow-minded.
41.8927, -87.7951
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
The concrete tower of Clingman's Dome.
Bryson City, North Carolina

Clingmans Dome

The highest point in Tennessee at 6,643 feet above sea level, Clingmans Dome bears witness to the ravages of one type of insect.
35.5629, -83.4985
The monument
Atlanta, Georgia

Gravity Research Foundation Monument

This stone is a marker of one millionaire's personal vendetta against gravity.
33.7904, -84.3265
Henry Moore's Nuclear Energy
Chicago, Illinois

Nuclear Energy

This bronze sculpture on a former squash court marks the secret origins of the Atomic Age.
41.7921, -87.6018
The march of time.
Chicago, Illinois

The Fountain of Time

A hollow cement depiction of time's inexorable effect on the human body.
41.7868, -87.6075
Looking down the lobby
Chicago, Illinois

Palmer House Hilton

This historic hotel invented the chocolate brownie.
41.8803, -87.6269
Neon sign at the Green Mill
Chicago, Illinois

Green Mill Jazz Club

A century-old hotspot for jazz, frequented by everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Al Capone.
41.9692, -87.6599
Temple and home exterior
Chicago, Illinois

Stan Mansion

Built to house a chapter of the Knights Templar, this grandiose building is a relic of Freemasonry in Chicago a century ago.
41.9251, -87.7081
Epitaph at Red Gate Woods.
Willow Springs, Illinois

Red Gate Woods

The final resting place of the world's first nuclear reactor.
41.7008, -87.9150
Exterior, looking west
Valparaiso, Indiana

Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University

This midcentury chapel is a bold architectural statement and a symbol of Indiana's Lutheran heritage.
41.4633, -87.0422
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
38.6330, -90.2001
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

This striking art museum holds an amazing series of curiosity cabinets.
43.0385, -87.8975
Lincoln Tomb
Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Tomb

When you visit his grave, be sure to rub the Great Emancipator's nose for good luck.
39.8232, -89.6558