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Pikes Peak Summit House
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.
38.8153, -105.0557
The blast door at the entrance.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Cheyenne Mountain Nuclear Bunker

The superstar of Cold War nuclear bunkers has been featured in countless films but is now barely operational.
38.7425, -104.8484
Tree in the Rock
Buford, Wyoming

Tree in the Rock

Miraculous tree that seems to sprout out of solid rock.
41.1336, -105.3468
Lincoln Highway Memorial
Laramie, Wyoming

Lincoln Highway Monument

The high point on the 16th president's eponymous roadway is marked by a massive version of his head.
41.2369, -105.4363
U-505
Chicago, Illinois

U-505

The unluckiest U-boat in the entire German fleet is now on display in a Chicago museum.
41.7906, -87.5831
This Is The Place Monument
Salt Lake City, Utah

This Is The Place Monument

A towering tribute to decisiveness stands on the spot where Brigham Young and his Mormon followers decided that this must be the place.
40.7537, -111.8154
Little America, Wyoming

Little America

Surrounded by a hundred mile radius of billboards, Little America is a roadside attraction whose primary appeal is hospitality.
41.5436, -109.8263
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
Map of the Mormon journey through Missouri
Gallatin, Missouri

Adam-ondi-Ahman

A Mormon place of exile in Missouri.
39.9145, -93.9622
Devil's Icebox. (Creative Commons)
Columbia, Missouri

Devil's Icebox

Curious cave that stays a cool 56 degrees all year long.
38.8819, -92.3289
Grant's Farm is the official home of the Budweiser Clydesdales.
St. Louis, Missouri

Grant's Farm

What was once a presidential estate is now an exotic menagerie and home to the Budweiser Clydesdales.
38.5460, -90.3510
The pin point impression wall gives spectators of all ages the chance to create 3D works of art.
St. Louis, Missouri

The Magic House

The Magic House provides a beautiful and creative environment for curious youngsters to get their knowledge on.
38.5739, -90.4053
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
The world's largest bottle of catsup.
Collinsville, Illinois

World's Largest Catsup Bottle

Quirky water tower advertises the long-gone Brooks Tomato Products Co.
38.6629, -89.9823
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
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 true-to-size statue of Robert Wadlow.
Alton, Illinois

World's Tallest Man Statue

This life-size bronze statue remembers the tallest recorded human in his Illinois hometown.
38.9035, -90.1450
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
38.6330, -90.2001
St. Louis' Old Courthouse was the scene of the Dred Scott Decision, which served as a catalyst in the eradication of slavery in the United States.
St. Louis, Missouri

Old St. Louis County Courthouse

The Old Courthouse takes visitors on a captivating trip through St. Louis' timeline.
38.6249, -90.1863
Turtle Playground.
St. Louis, Missouri

Turtle Playground

This is not your typical jungle gym.
38.6315, -90.2924
The World's Largest Amoco Sign
St. Louis, Missouri

World's Largest Amoco Sign

This titanic oil company sign is a reminder of the Americana boom of the 70's and also its commoditization.
38.6330, -90.3045
Metropolis, Illinois

The Super Museum

You have to love a museum with a truly dedicated focus. A focus on Superman, for example.
37.1512, -88.7320
Cave-In-Rock
Cave-In-Rock, Illinois

Cave-In-Rock

River pirates, murderous bandits, and serial killers used this Illinois cave as their debauched hideout.
37.4686, -88.1558