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Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Shoe Tree

No one's quite sure where this quirky university tradition originated.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

20,000 pieces in a Frank Gehry-designed building.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

House of Balls

Funhouse of found art and participatory sculpture.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Victory Memorial Drive

A little-known memorial to servicemen and nurses killed in the line of duty during the First World War.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Times They Are A-Changin'

This kaleidoscopic mural shows Bob Dylan throughout his transition from young troubadour to Nobel laureate.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hahn/Cock

One of two giant blue cockerel statues erected with an intentional double meaning.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spoonbridge and Cherry

A toweringly silly piece of modern art has been delighting locals since the 1980's.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Herbivorous Butcher

A butcher shop in Minneapolis that has all the meats and cheeses you’d expect from any of its kind - except that all the products are vegan.
Fairbanks, Alaska

Aurora Ice Museum

Mind-blowing carvings and fantasy ice scenes grace the largest year-round ice environment in the world.
Talkeetna, Alaska

Dr. Seuss House aka The Goose Creek Tower

This whimsical stacked cabin looks like something out of a children's book.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Art Shanties at Lake Harriet

Direct, creative challenge to Mother Nature's winter wrath.
Chicago, Illinois

Thorne Miniature Rooms

Each of these gorgeous, intricately decorated rooms is painstakingly crafted to the scale of 1 inch: 1 foot.
Cody, Wyoming

Smith Mansion

One man's ambition created this psychedelic log home.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Garita del Diablo

Legend tells how a Spanish soldier disappeared from this isolated sentry box without a trace.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan Cemetery

This bleach-white graveyard overlooking the ocean is accessed through a tunnel.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Capilla del Santo Cristo

This Puerto Rican chapel on a cliff is renowned for its healing powers, founded on the site of a supposed divine intervention.
Chicago, Illinois

Aircraft Carriers of Navy Pier

Chicago's Navy Pier on Lake Michigan was a training hub for aircraft carrier pilots during WWII.
Chicago, Illinois

Stained Glass at Navy Pier

A display of magnificent stained glass windows is the first exhibit of its kind.
Miami, Florida

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Former villa and estate of James Deering developed to preserve native tropical forests.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Brickmania GHQ

The Real LegoLand.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Greyfriars Bobby

The most loyal of little dogs, or a Victorian era publicity stunt?
Liverpool, England

Penny Lane

The Liverpool street made famous by the Beatles is real.
Liverpool, England

Strawberry Field

The quiet field that inspired one of the most famous songs of all time.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja

One of the tallest buildings in Iceland, and perhaps, the most visually impressive.