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Mackinac County, Michigan

The Mackinac Bridge

The fourth-longest suspension bridge the world, connecting one Michigan peninsula to another.
45.8160, -84.7270
Schoolhouse Beach
Washington Island, Wisconsin

Schoolhouse Beach

This pebble beach is so beautiful that even taking the rocks is against the law.
45.3983, -86.9282
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes.
43.9933, -102.2418
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
Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Jim Thorpe Monument

An Olympic hero controversially stripped of his medals is buried in a town he never visited, that took his name after his death.
40.8803, -75.7294
Outside the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.
Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel

Paranormal experiences in room 217 led Stephen King to write "The Shining."
40.3830, -105.5190
Geological (it should be Geographical) Marker
Athens, Wisconsin

45 X 90 Geographical Marker

The center of the only hemisphere that awards visitors with a commemorative coin.
44.9992, -90.0040
Traverse City, Michigan

Traverse City State Hospital

Former self-sufficient mental institution now a planned community.
44.7564, -85.6426
Home plate at the "Field of Dreams" movie site.
Dyersville, Iowa

Field of Dreams Movie Site

Outside of Dyersville, Iowa, a pop-culture attraction.
42.4982, -91.0553
Baraboo, Wisconsin

Circus World Museum

A large circus museum with summer performances.
43.4838, -89.7583
Middleton, Wisconsin

Mustard Museum

Over 5,000 contemporary and "historic" mustards from around the world.
43.0954, -89.5114
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Mount Horeb Trollway

Bypass decorated with large wooden troll carvings.
43.0086, -89.7385
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Safe House

A place to eat for on-the-run agents and espionage enthusiasts.
43.0404, -87.9101
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

This striking art museum holds an amazing series of curiosity cabinets.
43.0385, -87.8975
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

American Science & Surplus

Robots, Lasers, and Whoopee Cushions. Oh My!
42.9877, -87.9990
Mars Cheese Castle's iconic sign stands 80 feet tall
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Mars Cheese Castle

Wisconsin's most celebrated export gets the royal treatment on I-94.
42.6150, -87.9528
Williams Bay, Wisconsin

Yerkes Observatory

Home to the world's largest refracting telescope and the birthplace of modern astrophysics.
42.5703, -88.5561
The entirety of the front yard of Jack Barker's workshop. (Anne Remy/Atlas Obscura)
Essex, Illinois

Jack Barker's Metal Art Sculpture Garden

Moving, mind-blowing metal sculpture work of an outsider artist.
41.1811, -88.1859
The largest 24-karat gold plated object in existence.
Wadsworth, Illinois

Onan's Gold Pyramid House

A six-story-tall golden pyramid, surrounded by a moat.
42.4135, -87.9411
The Collider Detector at Fermilab.
Batavia, Illinois

Fermilab

World's second largest particle accelerator, where nature reveals its secrets.
41.8319, -88.2572
Four Columns at Morton Arboretum
Lisle, Illinois

Four Columns at Morton Arboretum

A tribute to one granddaughter's old apartment which now represents the whims of each visitor.
41.8126, -88.0673
One of nine gardens
Wilmette, Illinois

Bahá'í Temple

The only Bahá'í house of worship in North America and one of only eight worldwide.
42.0744, -87.6842
The front of the store. (Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop)
Evanston, Illinois

Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop

Shop of curiosities with a dinosaur museum tucked in its basement.
42.0342, -87.6811
Tin Man at Oz Park.
Chicago, Illinois

Oz Park

This Oz-themed public park had a wonderful impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
41.9209, -87.6457