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Buggy rides at Rockome Gardens (Flickr/Пероша)
Arcola, Illinois

Rockome Gardens - An Amish Themepark

You were once able to challenge a chicken to tic-tac-toe at this park, which is now converted into the Aikman Wildlife Adventure.
39.6709, -88.3905
(Flickr/dbking)
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado

Cadet Chapel

Air Force Academy Chapel made of 100 identical tetrahedrons works to inspire those of all religions.
39.0080, -104.8903
Cheesman Park.
Denver, Colorado

Cheesman Park

A downtown park built on top of unclaimed graves.
39.7321, -104.9666
Monticello, Illinois

Robert Allerton Park

The park that the Chicago Stockyards built.
40.0278, -88.5734
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
Monks Mound at Cahokia.
Collinsville, Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

Once one of the world's great cities, Cahokia was a place of religious worship, trade and mass human sacrifice before being mysteriously abandoned.
38.6570, -90.0587
The illusive (and mythical) Piasa Bird
Alton, Illinois

Piasa Bird

A mythical bird etched into the face of a rock doubles as the mascot for a nearby school.
38.8982, -90.1991
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.
38.2745, -91.1057
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
(Flickr/jimmywayne)
Goodland, Kansas

Giant Van Gogh Painting

Massive still life just off the highway in Kansas.
39.3508, -101.7102
Winterset, Iowa

John Wayne's Birthplace

This simple home was the beginning of a long journey for the iconic Western film star.
41.3446, -94.0053