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From Tom Turkey to Tiger Muskie
A small town along U.S. Route 10 in northern Minnesota, Audubon sits just north of the lake of the same name and northwest of Detroit Lakes.
Take a break from the road and see the World’s Largest Birdhouse in Audubon set along County Road 13.
Constructed by Jim Savig, an Audubon resident of nearly 40 years, the birdhouse stands five feet tall atop a 16-foot tower.
Weighing in at 1,100 pounds – including 130 screws – this luxurious nest consists of 240 rooms at six square inches for its feathered tenants.
The birdhouse sits next to the Municipal Liquor Store – where you can say hi to Paula and get the camera ready for a picture with the World’s Largest Birdhouse – with just 70 miles to Duluth.
The small town of Remer is home to one big bird – the World's Largest Eagle. Set along Minnesota along Minnesota State Highway 6 and Minnesota State Highway 200, Remer sits within the Chippewa National Forest – home to largest population of nesting bald eagles.
The town commemorates their majestic neighbors with the largest Bald Eagle statue on the globe – the Big Bald Eagle sitting at 10 feet tall along Main Street. Heading down Highway 2 or traveling through the Chippewa National Forest? Be sure to take advantage of this photo opportunity.
Known as the Home of the Bobber, northern Minnesota’s town of Pequot Lakes plays host to the World's Largest Fishing Bobber. Once the town’s water tower, Paul Bunyan’s Fishing Bobber now stands as an icon for residents and visitors alike. The Bobber is said to have belonged Paul Bunyan, who stands with his best pal Babe the Ox in nearby Bemidji – 80 miles northeast of Pequot Falls.
The Hockey Capital of the United States is Eveleth in northern Minnesota. As tribute to this title, this town also features a gigantic hockey stick sitting conspicuously in downtown Eveleth. The five-ton hockey stick neighbors the United States Hockey Hall of Fame – another point of pride in Eveleth. Don’t miss this photo op, you’ll be sure to regret it. Grab the map and head to Eveleth – 130 miles southwest of Grand Marais.
Constructed in the early 1960s, the World's Largest Loon sits along the north bank of Long Lake, as if keeping watch over the calm waters. Just east of Vergas – dubbed the Home of the Loon – in Vergas Park, you can ready the camera for a picture with your new 20-foot friend. Don’t miss annual Looney Daze celebration held in Vergas each August, or just pull over for a quick visit with Mr. Loon along Highway 4.
What’s that in the middle of Silver Lake? Well it’s obviously the World's Largest Floating Loon. Take a ride over to Olcott Park in Virginia – a Minnesota town nicknamed the Queen City of the North. Constructed in 1982 with a metal frame and some handy fiberglass, the Loon sits in the middle of Silver Lake, tethered to the lake floor by cable.
Also known as the Erskine Fish, the World's Largest Northern Pike sits on the shores of Cameron Lake near downtown Erskine – just south of Thief River Falls. A photo opportunity if ever there was one, this green concrete icon is the pride of Erskine and a delight to roadtrippers everywhere. Just pull over from Highway 2, stretch your legs, and stick your head in the mouth of the World’s Largest Northern Pike.
Feeling hungry during your road trip? Pull over on Highway 2 – otherwise known as Bunyan Trails Road – and have a picnic next the to the World's Largest Tiger Muskie. This 30-foot long fishy friend is made out of made out of redwood, cedar and cement scales – a staple of the northern Minnesota town of Nevis. Dedicated to Minnesota tourists in 1950, this Tiger Muskie might be one of the best photos on the trip.
Ever seen a 20-foot turkey? Head to Frazee, the Turkey Capital of the World, and catch sight of the World's Largest Turkey – an impressive sight standing 17 feet wide and weighing in at 5,000 pounds. Lovingly dubbed Big Tom, this turkey is actually 1998’s replacement of the original Tom that caught fire during the Turkey Days Festival of the same year. One thing’s for sure, you can’t miss him.
One of the many towns claiming to be the Walleye Capital of the World, Baudette is settled along the banks of the Rainy River as it converges with the Baudette River. Baudette is home to the impressive Willie Walleye – a town hero stretching to 40 feet and weighing in at two tons .
Built in 1959, Willie is the largest tribute to the Walleye, and is best remembered at the annual Willie the Walleye Day in early June. Whether tootin’ along Minnesota Highway 11, Minnesota Highway 72, and Minnesota Highway 172, sneak in a visit with Willie in downtown Baudette.