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Thirsty Souls: Pull Over!

This week we're thirsty for a detour.  Italy has the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Eiffel Tower graces the Parisian skyline, but America specializes in remixing the roadside attraction. Up the kitsch factor of your next adventure by stopping at these wacky wayposts.

1. World's Largest Chest of Drawers, High Point, North Carolina

This 38-foot tall monument celebrates High Point's status as the "Home Furnishings Capital of the World," and the two socks dangling from the dresser knob represent the city's hosiery industry. We know this isn't exactly what you had in mind when you dreamed of a bigger closet, but as far quirky Saturday afternoons go, a trip to the Chest of Drawers takes the cake.

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2. World's Largest Buffalo, Jamestown, North Dakota

This concrete bison weighs 60 tons and is impossible to miss. Stop and snap a pic with the landmark and then head to Pioneer Village and the National Buffalo Museum to see a live herd that includes a rare albino buffalo (aptly) named White Cloud.

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3. The Big Easel, Goodland, Kansas

This 80-foot tall easel holds a giant homage to Van Gogh's Sunflowers series that will surely inspire you to go big or go home in your next creative endeavor. 

Kansas is the Sunflower State, Goodland is Sunflower City, and - if you're traveling in August- you can hit up the annual Sunflower festival to swap seeds and learn the lay of the land from leading agronomists and horticulturists. 

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4. World's Largest Pistachio, Alamogordo, New Mexico

Feelin' a little nutty? Don't worry -- the weekend is just around the corner.

Hop in the car and head to New Mexico for a pistachio milkshake at McGinn's Tree Ranch and Winery, home of this insanely large, bizarrely realistic tree nut. 

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5. Prada, Marfa, Texas

This sculpture by Elmgreen and Dragset is a "pop architectural land art project" that contains actual Prada shoes and bags from the 2005 fall/winter collection.  The contrast of luxury goods in a desolate setting offers a critique of consumerist culture, ensuring that PRADA is still generating buzz more than a decade after its installation. 

6. The Pink Elephant, Deforest, Wisconsin

Pinkie has been keeping an eye out for curious travelers since the 1960's, but he recently updated his look by swapping sunglasses for black-rimmed hipster specs.  Somebody get this guy a craft beer; he's ready to party. 

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7. Casey, Illinois, World's Largest Conversation Pieces

We all have that one friend that gets a little carried away. Casey is that friend.

Check out the world's largest pencil, wind chime, golf tee, pitchfork, chair, mailbox, knitting needles, and birdcage next time you make the trek from St. Louis to Indianapolis for a little taste of the Twilight Zone in the heartland.

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8. Enchanted Highway, North Dakota

Take a delightful drive down this 30 mile stretch of I-94 and become enraptured by the seven jumbo sculptures dotting the horizon. 

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Salvation Mountain, Niland, California

Trees of Mystery, Klamath, California

Cabazon Dinosaurs, Cabazon, California

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