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Iceland

Svartifoss

The unique waterfall in Iceland's south features a backdrop of geometric black lava columns.
Grindavík, Iceland

Blue Lagoon

Medicinal spa created with the discharge from a geothermal energy plant.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dragonfly Mosaic

Thousands of people walk over this fantastic work of art every day, but how many notice it?
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Four Churches on One City Block

Sleepy Minneapolis block beats Guinness Record for most churches on one city block.
Williams, Minnesota

The Minnesota Forest

This Minnesota-shaped forest is actually located in the state it is shaped like.
Rothsay, Minnesota

World’s Largest Prairie Chicken

The statue honors the booming birds Rothsay, Minnesota, is famous for.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Hahn/Cock

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

S.S. William A. Irvin

This rare vessel mixed luxury with labor before being converted to a museum and sometimes haunted maze.
Northome, Minnesota

The Lost 40

A mapping error in the 19th century made loggers think this section of the forest was underwater.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more than you think it is...
Blue Earth, Minnesota

Jolly Green Giant Statue

This massive roadside mascot was the first version of the giant to illustrate his butt.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Spoonbridge and Cherry

A toweringly silly piece of modern art has been delighting locals since the 1980s.
Anamosa, Iowa

Hula Hoop Tree

Two hula hoops appeared on the tree after a storm, and the collection kept growing.
Elk Horn, Iowa

The Danish Windmill

In rural Iowa, an imported 19th-century windmill overlooks an unlikely enclave of Danish culture.
Des Moines, Iowa

West End Architectural Salvage

Piled high inside this warehouse and coffee shop are salvaged goods that span every corner of the globe.
Iowa City, Iowa

University of Iowa Museum of Natural History

The oldest university museum west of the Mississippi retains its 19th century feel.
Brandon, Iowa

Iowa's Largest Frying Pan

The Iowa state contender for largest pan in the world oddly only comes in second or so.
Madrid, Iowa

High Trestle Trail Bridge

Half a mile long and 3 stories high, the bridge over the Des Moines River Valley lights up the wide night vista.
Veyo, Utah

Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial

A stoic rock cairn is all that remains to remember one of the more brutal instances of frontier treachery in American history.
West Valley City, Utah

Gravesite of Utah's First Jedi Priest

"May the force be with you always."
Wendover, Utah

Republic of Zaqistan

A proto micro-nation sometimes populated by artists, surrounded on all sides by a Utah most barren.
Hanksville, Utah

Mars Desert Research Station

A Mars simulation in the southern Utah desert.
Hanksville, Utah

Carl's Critter Garden

This outsider art paradise is filled with dinosaur sculptures crafted from recycled machinery.
Vernal, Utah

First Lady Dolls

An oddly specific collection of handmade dolls remembers the women of the White House.