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Strangest Roadside Attraction in Every State

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South Dakota: Geographic Center of the Nation Monument
> Location: Fourche

The Center of the Nation Monument — a massive map of the United States enclosed in a compass rose, designed by a local artist and made of 54,000 pounds of South Dakota granite — isn’t technically at the center of the country. The center, which is 21 miles north of the monument, is marked by a small metal pole stuck into a pasture, off of a gravel road behind a ditch.

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Tennessee: Titanic Museum
> Location: Pigeon Forge

This 30,000-square-foot Titanic replica and museum is worth a drive by alone, but inside, tourists can dip their hands into 28-degree water to feel how cold the ocean was when unfortunate people fell in, enter a recreation of the first class dining room, and view hundreds of real artifacts from the ship.

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Texas: Marfa Lights
> Location: Marfa

Tiny Marfa, Texas, is home to one of the most unusual phenomena you can see in America — the Marfa Lights. Southeast of town, spectators can look at flickering, dancing lights that move, change colors, and grow and shrink in number. Many visitors have speculated the lights are paranormal, though scientists have proposed several theoretical explanations.

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Utah: Hole N” The Rock
> Location: 12 miles south of Moab

Far from a natural geologic formation, the Hole N The Rock is a 14-room, 5,000-square-foot house carved out of stone that now serves as an odd museum and trading post containing a zoo, antique tools and mining equipment, Native American pottery, and a metal sculpture exhibit.

Source: Jared C. Benedict / Wikimedia Commons

Vermont: Bread and Puppet Museum
> Location: Glover

Housed in a large vintage barn in Glover, Vermont is a collection of puppets dating as far back as 1963. The collection spans two floors and many dark hallways, all packed with puppets of various sizes — some massive and angelically white, others elaborately painted with menacing faces, and some wearing suits with no faces. The Bread and Puppet theatre is the brainchild of political activist and performance artist Peter Schumann.

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