You can’t cover quirky attractions without mentioning Darwin, Minnesota, home to the nation’s largest ball of twine. Other towns have tried to top it, but Darwin’s twine ball-protected in a glass case near the town’s water tower-is the largest completed by one person. The string sensation measures 11 feet tall and weighs in at 8.7 tons.
- A Texan courted fame with his own multicolored ball of string. Sizewise, his string edged out the twine-but others helped complete it. See it at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Branson, Missouri.
- And then there’s the 600-pound ball of stamps at Girls and Boys Town in Nebraska, pasted together by their stamp club back in the ’50s.
- Intrigued by mazes? Challenge yourself at The Shed 16 Labyrinth – a Canadian masterpiece of twisty turns and obstacles in Montreal, Quebec.
- A 31-foot-high Paul Bunyan stands tall in Bangor, Maine – a fitting homage to the mythical giant.