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May 6
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19th-century diagram of Man Mound
Baraboo, Wisconsin

Man Mound

The remains of a enormous earthen figure of mysterious origins cuts across a rural Wisconsin road.
43.4888, -89.6714
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
Birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald

The literary king of the Jazz Age was born in this lovely Minnesota home which still honors his legacy
44.9454, -93.1205
FAST Fiberglass Mold Graveyard
Sparta, Wisconsin

FAST Fiberglass Mold Graveyard

The molds of fiberglass statues make for eerie statues themselves
43.9691, -90.7823
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Our Lady of Lourdes Church

The oldest continually used church in Minneapolis also sells great meat pies
44.9872, -93.2586
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Stone Arch Bridge

The Oldest Bridge in Minneapolis
44.9845, -93.2555
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
House of Balls
Minneapolis, Minnesota

House of Balls

Funhouse of found art and participatory sculpture
44.9684, -93.2513
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
The Big Tree
Rockport, Texas

The Big Tree

The tree is thought to be the oldest oak in Texas and was once crowned state champion for its monumental size.
28.1526, -96.9767
Front of World's Largest Laundromat
Berwyn, Illinois

World's Largest Laundromat

The clothes-washing king doubles as a community center with some unusual features, including an aviary filled with finches.
41.8508, -87.7807
The figures of "La Mort" (Death) and "L'oiseau de Feu" (the Firebird).
Paris-4E-Arrondissement, France

The Stravinsky Fountain

A series of abstract, silly sculptures represent the works of a great modern classical composer.
48.8595, 2.3515
Neon sign at the Green Mill
Chicago, Illinois

Green Mill Jazz Club

A century-old hotspot for jazz, frequented by everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Al Capone.
41.9692, -87.6599
Aerial view of the Rockies, Plaines and Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Great Train Story Diorama

This $3 million model train takes you through Chicago, Seattle, and the thousands of miles in between.
41.7910, -87.5829
The Money Museum
Chicago, Illinois

Money Museum

This museum celebrating the almighty dollar lets visitors literally stand in the shadow of a million bucks
41.8787, -87.6323
The Georgian Hotel At Nighttime
Santa Monica, California

Georgian Hotel

One of the first skyscrapers in Santa Monica, and a famous getaway for the Hollywood elite of then and now
34.0137, -118.4974
Santa Monica, California

Pacific Park Solar Ferris Wheel

A second generation sun-powered marvel lights up the night
34.0083, -118.4978
Insect Tastings, yum!
Montreal, Canada

Insectarium of Montreal

The biggest museum dedicated to insects in North America, one of the largest in the world
45.5579, -73.5557
Chicago, Illinois

Garfield Park Conservatory

A green oasis in Chicago.
41.8865, -87.7178
Ecclesiastical angels by Tiffany Studios at the Driehaus Museum of Stained Glass.
Chicago, Illinois

Stained Glass at Navy Pier

A display of magnificent stained glass windows is the first exhibit of its kind.
41.8917, -87.6085
Rockmen Guardians
Rockford, Illinois

Rockmen Guardians

The city of Rockford, Illinois is symbolically protected by a quartet of fittingly stony sentinels
42.2806, -89.0766
Japanese Gardens.
San Francisco, California

Japanese Tea Garden

Relics of the 1894 Midwinter Exposition continue to delight visitors today.
37.7702, -122.4702
Rosa Parks angel on the Montgomery bus
Beloit, Wisconsin

Angel Museum

The world’s largest collection of angel figurines includes 600 black angels donated by Oprah Winfrey.
42.5029, -89.0330
Triforium in Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, California

Triforium

A visionary, futuristic sculpture in Los Angeles that never met its extraterrestrial potential.
34.0541, -118.2411