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St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
Columbia, Missouri

Neff Hall Chinese Stone Lions

Two Ming Dynasty lion statues guard the entrance to the journalism school.
Ottawa, Kansas

Plaza 1907 Cinema

The oldest purpose-built cinema still in operation also houses a museum of movie memorabilia.
Washington, Missouri

Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe Museum

This museum located in the "Corn Cob Pipe Capital of the World," chronicles the history of cob pipe.
Knob Noster, Missouri

Whiteman Minuteman Missile Site

The only remaining Cold War-era Minuteman II missile control center in Missouri.
Kansas City, Missouri

Union Station Lamp Post Clock

This recently restored timepiece has stood all around Kansas City.
Caledonia, Missouri

Amalgam Gallery of Art

This "little gallery in the middle of nowhere" is housed in a 170-year-old horse barn in the Missouri Ozarks.
Marshall, Missouri

Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden

A small town garden dedicated to a psychic dog with the most soulful eyes.
University City, Missouri

Fish on a Bicycle

University City's quirkiest resident lives in a park named after its first.
Jefferson City, Missouri

Renz Women's Penitentiary

Destroyed by flood waters, prison now serves as a training ground for armed forces.
Ridgedale, Missouri

Bat Bar in Lost Canyon Cave

If there's another drive-through golf-cart bar in a bat-filled cave on top of a mountain, we don't know about it.
St. Louis, Missouri

Old St. Louis County Courthouse

The Old Courthouse takes visitors on a captivating trip through St. Louis' timeline.
Eureka, Missouri

Times Beach, Missouri

This former small town was destroyed not by the motor oil it sprayed the ground with but by the toxic waste that was added.
Kirksville, Missouri

Kirksville Devil's Chair

Another in a long tradition of legends regarding infernal seats.
Joplin, Missouri

National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum

A small museum dedicated to the whimsical tool that turns sugar cookies into works of art.
St. Joseph, Missouri

Jesse James Home Museum

The house where the famed outlaw was shot by a dirty coward is now a museum to the criminal's legacy.
Sullivan, Missouri

Meramec Caverns

400 million-year old limestone caverns nestled in the Ozarks served as shelter and a hideout for cultures throughout North American history.
Bonne Terre, Missouri

Bonne Terre Mines

The world's largest man-made underground caverns offer unparalleled underwater wonders.
Prairie View, Illinois

Par-King

This sprawling mini-golf empire is an impressive testament to a quickly disappearing attraction.
Brookfield, Illinois

Galloping Ghost Arcade

What may be America's largest classic video game arcade lurks inconspicuously in a Chicago suburb.
Bartlett, Illinois

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Sanstha Mandir Chicago

This elaborate Hindu temple is located in a Chicago suburb, but looks like it was transported directly from India.
Chicago, Illinois

Couch Place (The Alley of Death)

This alley in downtown Chicago held the bodies of over 600 people after the fateful Iroquois Theatre fire.
Chicago, Illinois

Leather Archives & Museum

Chicago's museum dedicated to the history of bondage and fetishism is more textbook than titillation.
Wilmette, Illinois

Bahá'í Temple

The only Bahá'í house of worship in North America and one of only a handful worldwide.