Hawaii: World’s Longest Plant Maze
On the island of Oahu, the Dole pineapple plantation is home to one of the longest plant mazes in the world. The maze is made of 14,000 tropical plants, covers over two acres, and has three miles of footpaths. While 45 minutes to an hour is the average time it takes to complete the maze, the record time is around seven minutes.
Idaho: Soda Springs Geyser
The only geyser in the world that’s controlled by humans, the Soda Springs Geyser was created in 1937 when a drilling operation for a hot-spring pool struck an underground chamber of carbonated water, releasing a continual spray. The geyser is now capped and programmed to go off once an hour on the hour, when it shoots as high as 150 feet.
Illinois: Dungeons and Dragons Park
After his son Jeremy — an avid Dungeons and Dragons fan — died in a car accident, Barrett Rochman built a memorial park across the street from his house with a D&D theme. Barrett hired local art students as well as sculptors and painters to create the sculptures in the park, some of which are modeled after the miniature D&D figurines found in his son’s possessions. Among the wizards and battle scenes is a castle built of tunnels, bridges, and small passageways that children and other limber people can traverse.
Indiana: World’s Largest Sycamore Stump
After a storm felled a huge sycamore tree in Kokomo, Indiana, the city park commissioner had it moved to the city park. That was in 1916. In 1938 the stump got its own pavilion, and now it’s completely enclosed in the park’s visitors center, along with Old Ben, a 16 -foot-long taxidermied steer who weighed almost 5,000 pounds at his death. The stump is 57 feet around and 18 feet wide.
Iowa: Grotto of the Redemption
Built entirely from semi-precious stones and geodes, the Grotto of the Redemption is a shrine to the Virgin Mary worth $4 million. It was built by a pastor who attributed his healing from pneumonia to the Saint. The Grotto is as long as a football field and took over 50 years to build.
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