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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Chippewa Falls Christmas Village

A town filled with hot chocolate, dazzling lights, and lots of Christmas cheer.
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Mars Cheese Castle

Wisconsin's most celebrated export gets the royal treatment on I-94.
Seattle, Washington

Kubota Garden

This semi-secret garden in south Seattle emulates a traditional Japanese garden using the plants of the Pacific Northwest.
Alamogordo, New Mexico

White Sands National Park

Explore the largest pure gypsum deposit in the world, and go dune sledding while you're at it.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Minnesota Shoe Tree

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

The Nook Basement

The basement bowling alley of this St. Paul dive bar is decorated with thousands of dollar bills.
Falcon Heights, Minnesota

Bell Museum

This taxidermic smorgasbord was co-created by an artist poached from the Museum of Natural History.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Stone Arch Bridge

The oldest bridge in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Gifts

Hub of Scandinavian culture in a Minneapolis deli.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park)

Home to the Amorphophallus titanum "Corpse Flower," which is among the largest flowers in the world and also smells powerfully of rotting flesh when in bloom.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ax-Man Surplus

The Midwest's reigning king of surplus stores is full of nothing you need and everything you want.
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...
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

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

Museum of Quackery and Medical Frauds

A museum within a museum, devoted to history's most questionable medical devices.
Batavia, Illinois

Batavia Depot Museum

An exhibit of items from the mental institution where Mary Todd Lincoln lived after her son conspired to have her committed.
Springfield, Illinois

Abraham Lincoln's Receiving Vault

The original vault that held the president's remains still stands, empty, not far from where he was finally buried.
Cripple Creek, Colorado

Christmas Casino & Inn

Inside this casino, visitors are treated to slot machines and a rare German Christmas pyramid.
Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Mineral Springs

There are eight natural springs around town, each with a slightly different taste.
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado

Cadet Chapel

Air Force Academy Chapel made of 100 identical tetrahedrons works to inspire those of all religions.
Denver, Colorado

Blue Mustang

The Denver airport is guarded by a 32-foot-tall sculpture of a demonic horse.
Florissant, Colorado

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

The largest source of fossilized insects anywhere.
Sedona, Arizona

Chapel of the Holy Cross

A spiritual vortex among the red rocks in Sedona.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods

Strange red rock formations that have been attributed to a higher power for hundreds of years.
Cañon City, Colorado

Royal Gorge Bridge

The highest bridge in America was built for an almost unnervingly small amount of money.