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Enchanted Rock
Fredericksburg, Texas

Enchanted Rock

An enormous pink granite batholith, long attributed with spiritual powers by the Tonkawa Indians.
30.5066, -98.8189
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
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 cross at the mouth of Cross River.
Schroeder, Minnesota

Father Baraga's Cross

A giant granite cross remembers missionary Father Frederic Baraga, and his safe passage across an angry Lake Superior.
47.5528, -90.8764
Vintage postcard view of the Old Man of the Dalles
Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Old Man of the Dalles

A stone face watches over the river.
45.4001, -92.6500
Dining room
Grand Marais, Minnesota

Naniboujou Lodge

Duluth mineral magnates built this charming art deco lodge to be their private clubhouse.
47.8171, -90.0494
Devil's Kettle. (derusha/Flickr)
Grand Marais, Minnesota

Devil's Kettle

Half of a waterfall goes into the river; the other half disappears.
47.7972, -90.1137
The World's Smallest Mummy
Guanajuato, Mexico

Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato

Mexico's astounding mummy museum with "the world's smallest mummy."
21.0198, -101.2662
Lion of Lucerne
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lion of Lucerne

This memorial commemorating fallen soldiers of the French Revolution has been called the saddest stone in the world.
47.0585, 8.3109
Catacombes de Paris.
Paris, France

Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs hold secrets much stranger than the bones stacked within them.
48.8343, 2.3322
Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji
Bemidji, Minnesota

Paul Bunyan & Babe the Blue Ox, Bemidji

These crudely shaped folk giants may be the the second most photographed statues in the U.S.
47.4708, -94.8789
Lucy
Margate City, New Jersey

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy, the world's largest "elephant."
39.3209, -74.5117
The reconstructed Old Stone Fort.
Nacogdoches, Texas

Old Stone Fort

Witness to many historic moments in early Texas history.
31.6035, -94.6555
These brightly decorated fences look as though they could be in a Disney movie.
Fountain City, Wisconsin

Prairie Moon

A curious sculpture garden and museum in Cochrane, Wisconsin.
44.1971, -91.7983
Mitchell, South Dakota

The Corn Palace

A fitting attraction for the corn capital of the world.
43.7146, -98.0254
Spam Museum - new location is 101 3rd Ave NE and is due to open April 22, 2016 in Austin, MN
Austin, Minnesota

Spam Museum

Ever wanted to can Spam?
43.6693, -92.9745
Shafer, Minnesota

Franconia Sculpture Park

Community arts organization that hosts a rotating collection of over 75 contemporary sculptures.
45.3796, -92.7036
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
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
Casket Arts Building
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Casket Arts Building

A Building for Your (Former) Funerary Needs.
45.0051, -93.2546
Soap Factory
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Soap Factory

An old soap company building now houses one of Minneapolis’s oldest independent non-profit art galleries.
44.9834, -93.2498
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
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
Donald Judd's works at The Chinati Foundation.
Marfa, Texas

Chinati Foundation

Minimalist modern art on a repurposed military base in rural Texas.
30.2973, -104.0279