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  • World's Largest Paul Bunyan

    World's Largest Paul Bunyan

    Akeley, Minnesota

    Akeley's towering Bunyan has dropped to one knee to let visitors perch in his mighty palm.

  • Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota

    Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota

    Darwin, Minnesota

    The late Francis Johnson's famous giant ball, now the centerpiece of the town. There are four giant twine balls in America, but this is the only one with its own song.

  • SPAM Museum

    SPAM Museum

    Austin, Minnesota

    Hormel's tribute to its most iconic product. History of Spam, collection of spiced pork artifacts. Spam making, Spam art, Spam souvenirs, Spam, Spam....

  • World's Largest Crow

    World's Largest Crow

    Belgrade, Minnesota

    The World's Largest Crow sits atop what is probably The World's Largest Branch. Push a button inside his gazebo, and the crow cries, "AAWWRRR! AWWWWR! Welcome to Crow Country!"

  • Boxy Bunyan and Babe Statues

    Boxy Bunyan and Babe Statues

    Bemidji, Minnesota

    These blocky statues, built in the late 1930s, are the oldest roadside Bunyan and Babe.

  • Big Fish Supper Club

    Big Fish Supper Club

    Bena, Minnesota

    Stand inside the giant toothy jaws of a 65-foot-long muskie fish for a memorable snapshot. Briefly seen in the opening credits of "National Lampoon's Vacation."

  • Jolly Green Giant

    Jolly Green Giant

    Blue Earth, Minnesota

    Over 55 feet tall, the Giant marks the mid-point of I-90 (America's longest highway) and "the valley" that his multi-national corporation calls home.

  • Huge Iron Man Statue

    Huge Iron Man Statue

    Chisholm, Minnesota

    A 36-foot-tall brass and copper statue of an 1880s iron miner, standing on top of a 50-foot-tall pile of rusted steel and slag. Big!

  • Leapin' Walleye Fish Photo Op

    Leapin' Walleye Fish Photo Op

    Kabetogama, Minnesota

    A 14-foot-long leaping fiberglass fish -- with a saddle on its back and a ladder to get to it. A fun photo-op.

  • Rocky Taconite

    Rocky Taconite

    Silver Bay, Minnesota

    Rocky is one of our favorite metalloid mascots, a cheery byproduct of the taconite mining industry.

  • Ed's Museum

    Ed's Museum

    Wykoff, Minnesota

    Edwin Julius Krueger used to run the general store in this tiny town, and he never threw away anything. Including his dead cat.

  • Runestone Museum

    Runestone Museum

    Alexandria, Minnesota

    The museum exhibits a mighty slab of cryptically carved rock. Is it a history-shaking bit of debris left by ancient Nordic litterbugs -- or a prank by a bored Minnesota farmer?

  • Big Ole: America's Biggest Viking

    Big Ole: America's Biggest Viking

    Alexandria, Minnesota

    A 28-foot-tall Viking warrior towers over this town of proud Nordic transplants.

  • Becker County Museum Oddities

    Becker County Museum Oddities

    Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

    Killer wolf Old Three Legs is displayed along with the gun that killed him. There's a replica world's smallest gas station, and the world's largest ball of store string!

  • Cabin of the Root Beer Lady

    Cabin of the Root Beer Lady

    Ely, Minnesota

    The transplanted home of the deceased, root beer brewin' belle of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

  • World's Largest Free-Standing Hockey Stick

    World's Largest Free-Standing Hockey Stick

    Eveleth, Minnesota

    Weighs over five tons and is 110 feet long. Displayed as if it's about to slap the world's largest hockey puck, which weighs 700 pounds.

  • Otto the Big Otter

    Otto the Big Otter

    Fergus Falls, Minnesota

    A large, ground-hugging otter statue is a strange source of civic pride in Fergus Falls.

  • Greyhound Bus Museum

    Greyhound Bus Museum

    Hibbing, Minnesota

    Devoted to the Greyhound Bus Line, in the city of its birth. Sit in an old, real bus and pretend you're being driven to Duluth or St. Paul. Good times.

  • Quietest Place on Earth

    Quietest Place on Earth

    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    A soundproof room in Minneapolis is so quiet that visitors hear the noises made by their joints, lungs, etc. Pricey but unique.

  • Giant Corn Gazebo

    Giant Corn Gazebo

    Olivia, Minnesota

    A looming (and practical) civic symbol for corn-proud Olivia.

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