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Washington, Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Marble Stripe

Look closely and you’ll notice that the color changes a third of the way up the tower.
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Pecos Pueblo
Pecos, New Mexico

Pecos National Historical Park

Despite time, colonization, and the brutal New Mexican heat, these pueblo ruins still stand
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(calamity_hane/Flickr)
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Museum of International Folk Art: Girard Wing

Sprawling collection of over 106,000 toys from around the world
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Collection of rock art at La Cieneguilla
Santa Fe, New Mexico

La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site

These Pre-Columbian petroglyphs contain representations of birds, deer, hunters, and even some early Native flute players
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De Vargas Street House
Santa Fe, New Mexico

De Vargas Street House

This southwest-styled home in Santa Fe claims to be the oldest house in America thanks to an ancient bit of foundation
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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Loretto Chapel

Wedding chapel's mysterious spiral staircase said to be miraculously constructed
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109 East Palace
Santa Fe, New Mexico

109 East Palace

This innocuous New Mexico storefront was once the secret jump-off spot for Manhattan Project scientists
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Willard facade
Washington, D.C.

Willard Hotel

Legend has it that President Grant’s frequent drinking in the lobby gave rise to the term “lobbyist.”
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Warp Drive
Sterling, Virginia

Warp Drive

This pun was simply waiting to come to life, and one defense contractor made it so
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The tunnels all look slightly differiently
Washington, D.C.

Capitol Building Tunnel System

Members of Congress have traveled between the buildings on Capitol Hill for a century hidden from tourists, press, and storm clouds.
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Construction on December 5th, 1961
Washington, D.C.

'Cartwheel' Tower

Washington's top-secret Cold War-era doomsday communications tower is located in a small neighborhood park.
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Inside the dome wall.
Washington, D.C.

Inside the Capitol Dome

The walls of the iconic dome are hollow and have a secret stairway.
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An Architect of the Capitol employee laughs next to the flag elevator.
Washington, D.C.

Capitol Flag Elevator

The Flag Office elevator goes up and down, flying American flags in bulk "over the U.S. Capitol."
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Hell House Altar
Catonsville, Maryland

Hell House Altar

This haunting stone gazebo is one of the few remnants of an abandoned college that has been a magnet for local legends
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Baltimore's Phoenix Shot Tower.
Baltimore, Maryland

Phoenix Shot Tower

Once America's tallest building, now a Baltimore landmark.
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Baltimore, Maryland

George Peabody Library

It's not hard to see why the historic Peabody Conservatory of Music's library has been described as a "cathedral of books."
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Ouija 7-11
Baltimore, Maryland

Ouija 7-Eleven

This simple convenience store sits on the location where the Ouija board was named and has the plaque to prove it
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Exterior of the restored Baltimore Basilica.
Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore Basilica

The design of this historic domed church was influenced by Thomas Jefferson and intended as a statement of religious freedom.
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OAS building in February, 2017
Washington, D.C.

Organization of American States Building

The grand marble structure next to the White House is Andrew Carnegie's temple to Pan-American diplomacy.
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The Chemical Treatment Tower
Washington, D.C.

Washington Aqueduct Chemical Tower

Every drop of D.C. tap water flows through this old waterworks.
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Main entrance
Washington, D.C.

Carnegie Library of Washington, D.C.

D.C.'s first central library was born out of a chance encounter with the philanthropist whose name it bears.
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Union Arch Bridge, today.
Cabin John, Maryland

Union Arch Bridge

The bridge's controversial plaque (once again) honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
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Alternate view from the second floor
Washington, D.C.

Riggs Library

A wondrous old library overlooking Washington, D.C.
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View into the theater after the disaster.
Washington, D.C.

Site of the Knickerbocker Disaster

You could be standing at the site of one of D.C.'s most fatal tragedies and not even know it.
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