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Genoa, Colorado

The Wonder Tower

See six states, pickled freaks, rocks, and antiques.
Cripple Creek, Colorado

Vindicator Valley Trail

This Colorado hiking trail provides a small gold mine of abandoned gold mines.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Museum of Osteology and Skulls Unlimited

Collection of skeletal systems from the "world's leading supplier of osteological specimens."
Rhinelander, Wisconsin

The Hodag

The menacing creature had a tremendous influence on the local culture before being exposed as a hoax.
Farmington Hills, Michigan

Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

Astounding collection of coin-operated games and automata.
Fortville, Indiana

Martini-Drinking Pink Elephant

The bespectacled, cocktail-sipping pachyderm is a strange but fitting liquor store mascot.
Amarillo, Texas

Combine City

These half-buried combine harvesters just off Route 66 are an homage to the Cadillac Ranch.
Panhandle, Texas

VW Slug Bug Ranch

Small car graveyard sits in the shadow of the famous Cadillac Ranch.
Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch

A sculpture made of 10 Cadillacs as a monument to the "Golden Age" of the American automobile.
Winslow, Arizona

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

This Route 66 classic sports a giant fiberglass rabbit that you can ride.
Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell McDonald's

This fast-food outlet is the only space and UFO-themed McDonalds in the world.
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns

The second-largest cave chamber in the world was discovered in 1898 by a 16-year-old and a friend known as "Pothead."
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Musical Highway

If drivers cross the rumble strip on this stretch of Route 66 at just the right speed it plays "America the Beautiful."
New Mexico

Trinity Atomic Bomb Site

Once a year, visitors can tour the desolate site that birthed the Atomic Age.
Tucson, Arizona

Mat Bevel's Museum of Kinetic Art & Surrealistic Pop Science Theater

A Tucson museum and performance space full of found-object movable sculptures.
Amboy, California

Guardian Lions of Route 66

A pair of large white marble lions guard this stretch of the Mojave Desert, and it is utterly mysterious how they got there.
Santa Monica, California

Route 66 End of the Trail Sign

A sign at the end of the Santa Monica Pier marks the traditional end of the legendary American highway.
South San Francisco, California

Wind Harp

A large instrument played by the wind.
Agua Dulce, California

Vasquez Rocks

Named after a bandit and the star of several Hollywood prehistoric landscapes, these sandstone formations are a historical part of the Los Angeles natural landscape.
Pasadena, California

Fork in the Road

A bigger-than-life pun that has become a beacon of altruism.
Oro Grande, California

Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch

Hundreds of trees made from glass bottles make up this forest on Route 66.
Dearborn, Michigan

Dymaxion House

The only surviving prototype for Buckminster Fuller's house of the future.
University Park, Illinois

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

A sprawling museum filled with larger-than-life works of art.
Alexandria, Indiana

World's Largest Ball of Paint

Covered in tens of thousands of coats of paint, this Indiana attraction holds a world record all its own.