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  • Snake Alley - A Very Crooked Street

    Snake Alley - A Very Crooked Street

    Burlington, Iowa

    A combatant in the World's Crookedest Street battle, in an unexpected place. No traffic back-ups to drive down Snake Alley, unlike San Francisco's more famous crooked street.

  • Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

    Future Birthplace of James T. Kirk

    Riverside, Iowa

    This is the place. Photo-worthy monument marks the spot, which is behind a downtown hair salon.

  • Star Trek Voyage Home Museum

    Star Trek Voyage Home Museum

    Riverside, Iowa

    Star Trek collectibles, home-built exhibits, and occasional artifacts in the town where Captain James T. Kirk will be born in the 23rd century.

  • Captain Kirk Conceived Here

    Captain Kirk Conceived Here

    Riverside, Iowa

    Marked by a plaque in a bar -- which also claims to be the future Shipyards Bar where Kirk brawled in the 2009 reboot movie.

  • Buddy Holly Crash Site

    Buddy Holly Crash Site

    Clear Lake, Iowa

    Corn field where the pioneer rocker with the geek glasses and hiccup-y voice met an early end, along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.

  • Surf Ballroom: Buddy Holly's Last Gig

    Surf Ballroom: Buddy Holly's Last Gig

    Clear Lake, Iowa

    Preserved as 1959 site of the last performance of rockers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, before their plane crashed nearby.

  • Matchstick Marvels Museum

    Matchstick Marvels Museum

    Gladbrook, Iowa

    Pat Acton builds impressively-detailed, giant models of buildings, spaceships, whatever, out of hundreds of thousands of wooden matchsticks.

  • Sistine Chapel in Spray Paint

    Sistine Chapel in Spray Paint

    Waterloo, Iowa

    Michelangelo's masterpiece rendered in spray paint covers the ceilings and walls of an Italian restaurant.

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • Grotto of the Redemption

    Grotto of the Redemption

    West Bend, Iowa

    A priest promised the Virgin Mary he'd build a wondrous shrine if pneumonia didn't kill him. It didn't, and he did.

  • Albert the Bull

    Albert the Bull

    Audubon, Iowa

    Albert is a 45-ton, 30-foot-tall concrete replica of the perfect Hereford bull. Push a button and he'll tell you his story.

  • Spook Cave: Underground Boat Tour

    Spook Cave: Underground Boat Tour

    McGregor, Iowa

    All-boat, all underground tour. Relax, but don't ignore warnings to duck.

  • Field of Dreams

    Field of Dreams

    Dyersville, Iowa

    Hollywood's baseball tourist attraction in Iowa: the cornfield ballfield created for the Kevin Costner movie.

  • Castles of Ida Grove

    Castles of Ida Grove

    Ida Grove, Iowa

    Byron LeRoy Godbersen, the most powerful man in Ida Grove, built castles all over town -- and had his employees build a half-scale replica of the H.M.S. Bounty as well.

  • Trinity Heights: Giant Jesus and Mary

    Trinity Heights: Giant Jesus and Mary

    Sioux City, Iowa

    Towering metal Mary and Jesus, wooden Last Supper, and the Lord created from burlap bags. Sacred Art from household materials!

  • World's Largest Strawberry

    World's Largest Strawberry

    Strawberry Point, Iowa

    This town has erected a big statue, atop a pole, of its namesake.

  • Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum

    Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum

    Villisca, Iowa

    A still-unknown maniac axed the family in this house in 1912. Visitors can tour it, or sleep over if they're feeling fearless. Now heated!

  • John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum

    John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum

    Waterloo, Iowa

    Crops don't stand a chance against the mechanical prowess of the John Deere tractor.

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