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The Strangest Tourist Attraction in Every State

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Hawaii: Large Plant Maze
> Location: Wahiawa, Oahu

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. It takes from 45 minutes to an hour on average to complete the maze, though it has been done in as little as seven minutes.

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Idaho: Don Aslett Museum of Clean
> Location: Pocatello

The Museum of Clean’s motto is “exemplifying the idea and value of clean.” Perhaps few people would have been drawn to such a museum before the age of the pandemic. The museum is basically one city block of interactive displays and exhibits of cleaning equipment and other gadgets aiming to inspire visitors to be clean in everything they do. Aslett, not surprisingly, is a businessman and author who specializes in cleaning and housekeeping products and services.

Illinois: World’s Largest Catsup Bottle
> Location: Collinsville

This 170-foot catsup bottle is not just roadside kitsch in Illinois. Built in 1949, it’s actually a working water tower – and was named to the National Register of Historic Places in August 2002.

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Indiana: World’s Largest Ball of Paint
> Location: Alexandria

The world’s largest ball of paint is the creation of one man, Michael Carmichael, who has worked on it for more than four decades. What started as somewhat of an art project for his toddler son, who painted a baseball blue in 1977, has turned into a 14-foot-across, 2.5-ton unique attraction. The ball has more than 24,000 coats of paint.

Iowa: Future birthplace of Captain Kirk
> Location: Riverside

For Trekkies, Riverside, Iowa, is Mecca. That’s because it is the future birthplace of James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise. His date of birth – March 22, 2228 – is engraved on a stone monument located behind a hair salon at Riverside’s Voyage Home Riverside History Center. The town also hosts an annual Trek Fest.

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