Using advanced analytics, data, and polls, I was able to determine the “Notre Dame” (most iconic and historic monument/landmark/building/structure/landform) of each state, based on factors like how meaningful and important it is to the state’s residents.
The Saban House (Tuscaloosa)
Home to 6 national championships, Nick Saban’s Tuscaloosa estate is more rich in history and meaningful to the state of Alabama than any other monument or landmark in the state.
Runner Up: The Civil Rights Memorial (Birmingham)
The Hammer Museum (Haines)
Runner Up: Denali
El Hefe (Tempe)
The historic and highly-photogenic landmark is famous for offering Arizona State students and tourists souvenir Bulldog-Garitas, 32-ounce margaritas with a Dos XX bottle flipped over inside the drink.
Runner Up: Grand Canyon
Walmart Supercenter (Little Rock)
Runner Up: Christ of the Ozarks (Eureka Springs)
Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory (Los Angeles)
As one of the most internationally recognized symbols of California, and the United States, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Runner Up: The Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco)
Red Rocks Amphitheater (Jefferson County)
One of the most ancient sites in the country, Red Rocks was once the stomping grounds of historic humans like Marshmello and Skrillex.
Runner Up: Mesa Verde (Montezuma County)
UConn Women’s Basketball Arena (Storrs)
Runner Up: Vineyard Vines Outlet (Westport)
Delaware (a state)
Maryland Welcome Sign (Delaware/Maryland State Line)
Visible to Delaware drivers for hundreds of feet, the famous landmark on the DE/MD state line is a charming reminder to travelers that things will get better soon.
Runner Up: Pennsylvania State Welcome Sign
Pi Kappa Alpha Mansion (Tallahassee)
One of the most iconic fraternity houses in the world, Florida State’s Pike Headquarters is home to an upstanding group of gentlemen from a wide variety of suburban backgrounds and European ancestries.
Runner Up: Walt Disney World (Orlando)
Waffle House Headquarters (Norcross)
Runner Up: Fox Theatre (Atlanta)
Perfectly embodying the state’s unique and rich culture, the famous PacSun monument in Honolulu showcases a wide variety of authentic Hawaiian customary clothing.
Runner Up: Pearl Harbor (Honolulu)
Uncle Rico’s Historic Van (Preston)
Runner Up: Idaho Potato Museum (Blackfoot)
Portillo’s (Harwood Heights)
Runner Up: Willis Tower (Chicago)
Purdue University (West Lafayette)
As the most influential and magnificent piece of architecture in the entire state, Purdue’s campus earned the honor of “The Notre Dame of Indiana.”
Runner Up: The University of Notre Dame (South Bend)
Casey’s General Store (La Porte City)
Runner Up: Carver Hawkeye Arena (Iowa City)
World’s Largest Ball of Sisal Twine (Cawker City)
Runner Up: Tie Hay Bails Painted Like Cow (Overland Park) and Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka)
The Kentucky Museum of Modern Art (Ashville)
Offering art that appeals to the majority of Kentucky residents, the famous museum is the state’s (not mine) favorite attraction.
Runner Up: Churchill Downs (Louisville)
Cash Money Records Head Office/Studio (New Orleans)
Cash Money Records is the birthplace of famous American lines like “Weezy F baby and the ‘F’ is for phenomenal” and “Red Bone With A Tongue Ring, We Get Home And She Go Straight For That Head….Gun Range.”
Runner Up: St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleans)
The Ellis Manor (Freeport)
Runner Up: Stephen King’s House (Bangor)
Noah’s Ark (Frostburg)
Runner Up: H20 Night Club (Ocean City)
Plymouth Rock (Plymouth)
It’s the most historic and aesthetically-pleasing landmark, and noun, in the state of Massachusetts.
Runner Up: Fenway Park (Boston)
Eminem’s Childhood Home (Detroit)
Runner Up: The Henry Ford Museum (Dearborn)
Rosedale Center Mall (Roseville)
One of the most iconic malls in America, Rosedale Center offers tourists a unique shopping experience, which includes the likes of a Macy’s, Spencer’s, and JC Penney.
Runner Up: Como Park Zoo and Observatory (St. Paul)
Golden Corral Buffet & Grill (Hattiesburg)
Runner Up: Golden Corral Buffet & Grill (Horn Lake)
Penguin Park (Kansas City)
Runner Up: Gateway Arch (St. Louis)
Flathead Video VHS/DVD Rental (Bigfork)
Runner Up: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (Big Horn County)
Sherwin-Williams Paint Store (Omaha)
Runner Up: Runza (North Platte)
The Statue of Liberty (Las Vegas)
Runner Up: The Hoover Dam (Clark County)
Cumberland Farms Gas Station (Concord)
Runner Up: Target (Bedford)
Bar Anticipation (Lake Como)
This sprawling, indoor-outdoor hangout offers VIP cabanas, state-renowned DJs, sand volleyball, and second-hand STDs to east coast thrill-seekers.
Runner Up: New York Welcome Sign
The Four Corners Monument (Southeast Corner)
The famous quadripoint has fortunately managed to avoid burning down.
Runner Up: International UFO Museum (Roswell)
The Electric Tower (Buffalo)
Runner Up: The Statue of Liberty (New York City)
J. Cole’s Childhood Home (Fayetteville)
The J. Cole Childhood Memorial in Fayetteville commemorates the first successful intellectual rapper in world history.
Runner Up: Wright Brothers Memorial (Kill Devil Hills)
The Giant Cricket (Regent)
The absolute extent of thrills and excitement in the state of North Dakota, the Enchanted Highway’s Giant Cricket structure offers tourists a unique look at a cricket, if it was a million times larger and made of metal.
Runner Up: West Fargo High School (Fargo)
Skyline Chili (Cincinnati)
Runner Up: The Millennium Force (Sandusky)
Terry’s Gun & Pawn (Guthrie)
Runner Up: JR’s Guns & More (Broken Arrow)
Voodoo Doughnut (Portland)
Runner Up: Nike Headquarters (Beaverton)
Wawa (Center City Philadelphia)
Providing the residents of Philadelphia with the majority of their daily nutrition, the Center City Wawa is the most important and influential structure in the entire gas station-ridden cesspool of Pennsylvania.
Runner Up: The Liberty Bell (Philadelphia)
Dunkin’ Donuts (Woonsocket)
Runner Up: The Breakers Mansion (Newport)
Dick’s Last Resort (Myrtle Beach)
Runner Up: Fort Sumter (Charleston)
Pioneer Spray Park (Sioux Falls)
Runner Up: Mount Rushmore (Black Hills)
The Great Pyramid of Memphis (Memphis)
Runner Up: The Grand Ole Opry (Nashville)
Kyle Field (College Station)
Home of the largest cult in North America, Kyle Field provides Aggies and Aggie fans with a unique opportunity to spontaneously orgasm without any sexual contact at all.
Runner Up: John F. Kennedy Memorial (Dallas)
Edit: Completely forgot about The Alamo
Vivint Smart Home Arena (Salt Lake City)
A state known for it’s rich history in jazz music, Utah is appropriately the home of the legendary Utah Jazz and the back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back winners of the “Most Racist Fans in the NBA” award.
Runner Up: Arches National Park
Decker Towers Apartment (Burlington)
The massive 124-feet structure is the largest and most recognizable building in the state of Vermont. It’s also home to approximately 85 people (more than half the population of the state).
Runner Up: Ben & Jerry’s (South Burlington)
Robert E. Lee Memorial (Richmond)
Runner Up: Tie Monticello (Albemarle County) and The Cheesecake Factory (Arlington)
The Gum Wall (Seattle)
The most photogenic landmark in all of Washington, the Gum Wall in Seattle offers tourists a once-in-a-lifetime backdrop and photo opportunity that rivals anything else in the Pacific Northwest.
Runner Up: The Space Needle (Seattle)
Blue Parrot (Morgantown)
Runner Up: Tie The New River Gorge and Lion’s Den Adult Books & Videos
Runner Up: Lambeau Field (Green Bay)
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