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24 Photos That'll Inspire The Perfect American Road Trip

In anticipation of summer and road trip season, we teamed up with online photo community EyeEm to ask our readers for photos that capture what America means to them. The results are stunning! From familiar neighborhood faces to waving flags and landscapes, these photos represent the diversity you'll find on any American road trip. The 30 images selected by EyeEm and The Huffington Post will be exhibited in San Francisco this summer. To learn more about the challenge, visit EyeEm.

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Leaning Tower Of Niles
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In 1934, a local businessman built the Prairie State its own (smaller) lopsided landmark as a creative way to conceal unsightly water tanks and to pay respect to Italian astronomer Galileo. Bravo!
Dog Bark Park Inn B&B
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You can snooze inside a massive beagle, better known as Sweet Willy, at this ruff-ly 30-foot-tall bed-and-breakfast, the pet project of a chain-saw-artist couple who provide guests with freshly baked canine-shaped butter cookies.
The Paper House
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Aside from its wood roof, frame and floors, almost everything in this former summer getawaya desk, tables, chairsis crafted from varnished newspaper. Even the walls of the pulpy cottage are made of layered paper that's withstood rain and snow for 90 years.
Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue
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In homage to the former commander in chief who grew up on a peanut farm near Plains, a larger-than-life legume was built in Carter's likeness, complete with toothy grin. Erected in the '70s during Carter's first presidential campaign, this Mr. Peanut has been the beneficiary of at least one reported facelift.
Foamhenge
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A handy artist used Stonehenge's exact measurements to carve this delicate replica entirely from Styrofoam, painted the slabs to appear ancient and appropriately debuted the work to the public on April Fool's Day 2004.