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Custer, South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest mountain carving could fit all of Mount Rushmore inside it many times over.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods

Strange red rock formations that have been attributed to a higher power for hundreds of years.
Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Springs Penny Arcade

While most of the games in this arcade take quarters, that would have been a small fortune when they were made.
Cascade, Colorado

Pikes Peak Summit House

Thanks to a quirk of elevation this gift shop produces magic doughnuts that are found nowhere else on Earth.
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado

Cadet Chapel

Air Force Academy Chapel made of 100 identical tetrahedrons works to inspire those of all religions.
Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch

A sculpture made of 10 Cadillacs as a monument to the "Golden Age" of the American automobile.
Amarillo, Texas

The Second Amendment Cowboy

This constitutionally sound Muffler Man harkens back to the days these attractions were a must-see.
Roswell, New Mexico

International UFO Museum and Research Center

A museum dedicated to the alleged Roswell Incident.
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns

The second-largest cave chamber in the world was discovered in 1898 by a 16-year-old and a friend known as "Pothead."
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Recycled Roadrunner Statue

The state bird of New Mexico, constructed entirely out of garbage.
Alamogordo, New Mexico

White Sands National Park

Explore the largest pure gypsum deposit in the world, and go dune sledding while you're at it.
Alamogordo, New Mexico

PistachioLand: World's Largest Pistachio

This is one really big nut.
San Luis Obispo, California

Ah Louis Store

One of the last surviving buildings of a once large and thriving Chinatown.
San Luis Obispo, California

Motel Inn

The world's first motel is now an administrative building for an apple farm.
Santa Barbara, California

'Wall of Frogs'

A unique local art exhibit that has continued to grow since 1989.
Panguitch, Utah

Butch Cassidy's Childhood Home

The notorious Wild West outlaw was raised in this unassuming abode.
Wendover, Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats / Bonneville Speedway

Come for the speed, leave in love with the desert.
Bryce, Utah

Bryce Canyon

Giant, natural amphitheaters made of delicate geological formations called "hoodoos."
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Harrell House Bug Museum

Thousands of mounted insects, and some live ones, hide within an otherwise ordinary shopping mall.
Page, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend

Dramatic river bend surrounds a natural red-rocked pedestal.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Spitz Clock

This giant pocket watch is the third iteration of a local landmark that has been standing just off the Santa Fe Plaza for over 100 years.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Loretto Chapel

Wedding chapel's mysterious spiral staircase said to be miraculously constructed.
Holbrook, Arizona

Arizona Sake

One man handcrafts "the best sake made outside of Japan" in a tiny desert town on Route 66.
Winslow, Arizona

La Posada Hotel and Gardens

One of the final grand railway depot hotel complexes is slowly being restored to its former glory.