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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

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

World's Largest Ball of Twine Rolled by One Man

17,400 lbs., 12 feet in diameter, and 29 years in the making.
45.0971, -94.4038
Three levels of shopping stacked on top of one another, built above the world's largest underground aquarium, and centered around a full-blown indoor amusement park.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more then you think it is...
44.8550, -93.2421
Peering into the Curator's Office
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Curator's Office

A Borgesian work of art that may blur the line between fiction and reality a little too convincingly.
44.9586, -93.2742
Spoonbridge and Cherry
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spoonbridge and Cherry

A toweringly silly piece of modern art has been delighting locals since the 1980's.
44.9706, -93.2890
As viewed from the west, from the Washington Avenue Bridge. (Wikimedia Commons)
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

20,000 pieces in a Frank Gehry-designed building.
44.9718, -93.2374
Soap Factory
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Soap Factory

The National Purity Soap Company.
44.9834, -93.2498
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Zoran's Sculpture Park

A Perpetually Under construction Park.
44.9996, -93.2718
Rib options
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.
44.9904, -93.2540
NWA inflatable plane balloon
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ax-Man Surplus

The Midwest's reigning king of surplus stores is full of nothing you need and everything you want.
44.9559, -93.1693
Casket Arts Building
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Casket Arts Building

A Building for Your (Former) Funerary Needs.
45.0051, -93.2546
Bruce Crossing, Michigan

Paulding Light

A mysterious light in the wood, rumoured to be the the ghost of a railroad brakeman.
46.4013, -89.1791
ArtCart Taxi shanty transports visitors from the parking lot by pedal power.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Art Shanties at White Bear Lake

Direct, creative challenge to Mother Nature's winter wrath.
44.9220, -93.3062
Timms Hill
Ogema, Wisconsin

Timms Hill

The highest point in Wisconsin is capped by two towers that are not as mythic as Tolkien's but provide much better views.
45.4537, -90.1990
Eagle Mountain
Grand Marais, Minnesota

Eagle Mountain

Minnesota's highest point is a scenic vista marked by a plaque and armies of mosquitoes.
47.8974, -90.5601
Chiann, a big beer drinker.
Phillips, Wisconsin

Fred Smith's Wisconsin Concrete Park

An oddly poignant roadside attraction celebrating American folklore.
45.6715, -90.3909
Shafer, Minnesota

Franconia Sculpture Park

Community arts organization that hosts a rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures.
45.3796, -92.7036
The Apostle Islands Sea Caves
La Pointe, Wisconsin

Apostle Island Sea Caves

These Great Lakes sea caves accessible by boat in the summer turn into temples of ice reachable by foot in the winter.
46.9653, -90.6642
Split Rock Lighthouse
Two Harbors, Minnesota

Split Rock Lighthouse

This picturesque cliffside beacon no longer calls to sailors but shines once a year in honor of a famous shipwreck.
47.2000, -91.3670
The Frank Lloyd Wright gas station today
Cloquet, Minnesota

Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station

The famed architect designed this Minnesota gas station of the future with a lookout tower.
46.7218, -92.4612