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Definitive Proof That You Can See The Whole World Without Leaving The Midwest

The entire world is at your fingertips. Why leave the Midwest when it has everything, including Phillips 66®?

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1. First of all, who needs a tropical beach when you've got lakes so great that you can dive for wrecks in 'em, right in your backyard?

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The SS Wisconsin shipwreck at the bottom of Lake Michigan is a diver's dream!

2. If surfing's more your speed, Michigan has breaks that rival the West Coast's gnarliest hotspots.

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You can totally hang ten and catch some waves at Frankfort Beach. 🏄

3. Up for a mystery? Nebraska has ya covered!

Carhenge is Alliance's answer to Stonehenge and is way more intriguing.
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Carhenge is Alliance's answer to Stonehenge and is way more intriguing.

4. Kansas City, Missouri is filled with world-famous art...

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is filled with pieces that would make Rome jealous. It even has its very own "Thinker"!

5. ...and Iowa has the Eighth Wonder of the World.

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The Grotto of the Redemption was created by Father Paul Matthias Dobberstein. It's the largest man-made grotto in the world, built from countless baubles, jewels, and precious stones.

6. Feel like going Dutch? Hop over to Holland (Michigan, that is).

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There's a huge Dutch population in The Great Lake State. Head on over to admire windmills, clogs, and other local flair.

7. The Cache River in Illinois is basically a rain forest...

Look at all the lush vegetation in Heron Pond.
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Look at all the lush vegetation in Heron Pond.

8. ...and Missouri has a jaw-dropping cathedral that would make Rome or Paris jealous.

The mosaic artwork inside the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis will take your breath away.
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The mosaic artwork inside the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis will take your breath away.

9. Wanna get Nordic? Mount Horeb has trolls!

That&#x27;s right, this Wisconsin town is literally the troll capital of the WORLD.
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That's right, this Wisconsin town is literally the troll capital of the WORLD.

10. Ash Cave in Ohio could make you think you were in Mexico.

The beautiful Hocking Hills cave is full of history and a sight to be seen.
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The beautiful Hocking Hills cave is full of history and a sight to be seen.

11. And finally, Indiana has pyramids.

Designed by prize-winning architects Roche-Dinkeloo &amp; Associates, The Pyramids are an Indianapolis marvel. They may not be filled with gold, but certainly have a lot of history.
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Designed by prize-winning architects Roche-Dinkeloo & Associates, The Pyramids are an Indianapolis marvel. They may not be filled with gold, but certainly have a lot of history.