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These 7 Unique Attractions In Illinois Are An Absolute Must-Visit

Outside of Chicago, Illinois is typically known for its small town charm and recreational activities for adults and families. From the extensive natural beauty of Illinois’ well known state parks, to the adventurous and iconic Route 66, there are plenty of attractions for visitors of all kinds. Aside from the classic attractions and destinations that most are already familiar with, are plenty of incredibly unique must visit attractions that many have likely never even heard of before. If you have a future road trip in the works, check out this list to see if any of these unique attractions are along your route.

World’s Largest Catsup Bottle

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In Collinsville, Illinois, an extremely unique and comical landmark exists. Tourists absolutely cannot miss the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle, as it is a humongous water tower in the shape of a bottle. Children and adults alike are sure to break out in laughter when visiting this local landmark in Illinois.

Gemini Giant

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The Gemini Giant is a commonly visited attraction and landmark right here in Illinois. The statue is located in Wilmington, and is the perfect spot for some travel photos. Those traveling on the famous Route 66 in Illinois might even pass this from the road, making it a perfect quick stop to have a little fun and stretch your legs during your road trip.

Cahokia Mounds Woodhenge

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This historic landmark is located near the Mississippi River, directly across from St. Louis. This landmark is a circle of painted wood posts, that are quite beautiful when up close. This area has significant historical background, and used to be utilized to make astrological sightings.

Super Museum

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Located in Metropolis, Illinois, the Super Museum is a well loved favorite for fans of one of the original comic book super heroes, Superman! Visitors of the Super Museum can expect to see endless amounts of really cool Superman collectible items and models, all housed in this somewhat small space.

Leaning Tower Of Niles

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Interested in seeing the world, but you’re on a budget? Well if you live in Illinois, there is a really interesting historical replica right here in the midwest. Modeled after the world famous Leaning Tower Of Pisa in Italy, the Leaning Tower Of Niles is a half size replica that was constructed in 1934.

International Museum of Surgical Science

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This next unique attraction is a bit on the creepy side, and probably better for adults than families. The International Museum of Surgical Science is located in one of the most affluent neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois. The Gold Coast is home to designer clothing, high end hotels, and the world’s only museum dedicated to surgical science.  

Two-Story Outhouse

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This landmark might not be really considered a tourist attraction, but it surely is a hilarious stop during your next road trip. Located in Gays, Illinois, the famous two story outhouse is an actual working outhouse used in ‘back in the day.’ There are plenty of rumors regarding what led to the creation of the outhouse, but nothing that is completely verified.

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