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Thor's Well.
Yachats, Oregon

Thor's Well

On the Oregon coast there is a natural hole that seems to be draining the sea.
44.2784, -124.1135
African Quadripoint
Chobe, Botswana

African Quadripoint

There is only one place in the world where the corners of four nations come together
-17.7917, 25.2633
The 600-year-old milkwood tree.
Mossel Bay, South Africa

The Post Office Tree

South Africa's postal service began with a letter left in a boot beneath this tree.
-34.1803, 22.1422
The circular patterns also form in the light vegetation and plant life of the arid desert locales
Namibia

Fairy Circles of Southern Africa

Unexplained bald patches speckle the south African countryside, growing and receding over time as though they were somehow alive
-25.0191, 16.0170
Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary
Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary

This African beach is home to thousands of rare mainland penguins that are known for their annoying voice
-34.1965, 18.4500
The Three Dikgosi
Gaborone, Botswana

The Three Dikgosi

This trio of bronze giants celebrate the influential trip to Britain that led to Botswana's independence
-24.6449, 25.9074
Magaliesburg, South Africa

Cradle of Humankind

Home to some of the oldest hominid fossils ever found
-25.9833, 27.5500
Sterkfontein Caves
West Rand, South Africa

Sterkfontein Caves

Caves that can't seem to quit producing the remains of prehistoric humans
-26.0167, 27.7336
Footprints
Kgatleng, Botswana

Matsieng Footprints

Local legend has it that the first humans were created in the pools here, leaving their footprints behind in the rock.
-24.3521, 26.0926
Eliot Memorial Bridge and Tower
Milton, Massachusetts

Great Blue Hill

The hill that gave the Massachusett tribe, and later the state, its name.
42.2120, -71.1156
The view from the mouth of the cave.
Molepolole, Botswana

Kebokwe's Cave

The historic cave is both a symbol of superstition and black magic and inspired one of the early Christian converts in Botswana.
-24.3966, 25.4970
Hamer, South Carolina

South of the Border

I-95's Tijuana-style celebration of kitsch at the Carolina border
34.4992, -79.3082
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes
43.9933, -102.2418
Center of the Nation Monument
Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Center of the Nation Monument

Yes, this monument is aware that it is about 20 miles away from the actual center of the United States.
44.6744, -103.8527
Boston, Massachusetts

Mapparium

An enormous, inside-out glass globe built in 1935.
42.3455, -71.0868
Bunker Hill Monument
Boston, Massachusetts

Bunker Hill Monument

This monument on Breed's Hill proves that one of the most famous battles of the Revolutionary War is misnamed.
42.3761, -71.0600
The Tree of Life
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Tree of Life

This knobby, drooping New Orleans oak is a favorite place both for climbing and for meeting giraffes.
29.9236, -90.1314
New Orleans, Louisiana

Metairie Cemetery

New Orleans' famous cemetery, located on the site of a former race track
29.9858, -90.1178
Labyrinth at Audubon park
New Orleans, Louisiana

Labyrinth at Audubon Park

The stone labyrinth in this New Orleans city park was laid to symbolize healing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
29.9221, -90.1284
New Orleans, Louisiana

Lafayette Cemetery

This historic "City of the Dead" lies prominently in the center of New Orleans' famous Garden District
29.9286, -90.0843
at night
New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans Treehouse

Site of a former hidden treehouse in New Orleans
29.9695, -90.0691
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Eiffel Tower of New Orleans

A little piece of Paris in the sultry south of the U.S.
29.9345, -90.0794
Dixie Brewing Company
New Orleans, Louisiana

Dixie Brewing Company

This relatively recently abandoned brewery is a tragic reminder of the continuing effects of Hurricane Katrina
29.9606, -90.0871
Mardi Gras World
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras World

This float factory takes the mask off of Mardi Gras and lets visitors see where the magic happens
29.9348, -90.0614