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Approaching the Minecraft Death Star from the south
Washington, D.C.

Rayburn House Office Building

One critic described it as "middle Mussolini, early Ramses, and late Neiman-Marcus." Another called it an architectural "natural disaster."
38.8869, -77.0105
Monument to French Ambassador to the United States Jean Jules Jusserand in Rock Creek Park, Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C.

Jean Jules Jusserand Memorial

An obscure federal monument honors the French diplomat who served as Ambassador to the U.S. during WWI.
38.9382, -77.0515
View of the Watergate Exxon in 2016
Washington, D.C.

Watergate Gas Station

This seemingly out-of-place gas station by the Watergate hotel was once described as the most expensive gas station in the world.
38.9004, -77.0567
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.
38.9027, -77.0229
Master Clock display outside the Naval Observatory
Washington, D.C.

U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock

The most accurate timepiece in the world.
38.9212, -77.0673
The Watergate Steps.
Washington, D.C.

Watergate Steps

Decades before the scandal, this staircase on the river was a literal "water gate."
38.8893, -77.0526
Letelier-Moffitt Monument
Washington, D.C.

Letelier-Moffitt Monument

A diminutive memorial marks the site of a successful assassination by a right-wing death squad in America's capital.
38.9118, -77.0505
Remnants of the streetcar station.
Washington, D.C.

The Dupont Underground

Long-abandoned trolley tunnels just a mile away from the White House are turning into an art space.
38.9102, -77.0427
Temperance Fountain
Washington, D.C.

Temperance Fountain

A much-maligned monument to teetotalism.
38.8938, -77.0217
Einstein at the National Academy of Sciences
Washington, D.C.

Albert Einstein Bronze Statue

The beloved statue at the National Academy of Sciences is oh so inviting to sit on.
38.8924, -77.0484
The Main Reading Room Catalog
Washington, D.C.

Library of Congress Card Catalog

A nostalgic bibliographic gem.
38.8867, -77.0042
The Hecht Company Warehouse saw prosperous days throughout the 1950s. (Library of Congress)
Washington, D.C.

Hecht Company Warehouse

Art deco landmark on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.
38.9150, -76.9839
North American collection
Washington, D.C.

National Bonsai Museum

One of the dwarven trees dates back to 1625 and survived the Hiroshima bombing.
38.9120, -76.9687
Classic mini golf hole at East Potomac
Washington, D.C.

East Potomac Park Mini Golf

The country's oldest continually-operated mini golf course lies hidden in plain sight, eclipsed by one of D.C.'s most popular tourist attractions
38.8746, -77.0263
Washington, D.C.

International Spy Museum

“They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies”—James Bond, Quantum of Solace.
38.8969, -77.0235
One the many bathrooms in the Mansion.
Washington, D.C.

The Mansion on O Street

With over 100 jam packed rooms to explore and elaborate tea services and events, the Mansion on O is a hidden treasure
38.9084, -77.0457
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.
38.8929, -77.0404
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.
38.8922, -77.0080
Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky
Raleigh, North Carolina

Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky

This woodland architectural installation acts as a camera obscura for the heavens
35.8101, -78.7024
Jockey's Ridge
Nags Head, North Carolina

Jockey's Ridge

This shifting North Carolina sand dune is an odd little desert surrounded by oceanic forest life
35.9624, -75.6339
Tourists flock to the buoy (Flickr/Turtle43)
Key West, Florida

Southernmost Point of the USA

A monument marking the idea of reaching inaccessible places
24.5465, -81.7975
Key West, Florida

The Conch Republic

"We Seceded Where Others Failed"
24.5557, -81.7826
Washington's Titanic Memorial
Washington, D.C.

Titanic Memorial

This lonely waterfront memorial to the men of the Titanic was erected by the "Women of America."
38.8720, -77.0193
Sonny Bono Memorial Park
Washington, D.C.

Sonny Bono Memorial Park

A small triangle of DC grass is the final resting place of one of Sonny and Cher's songs
38.9083, -77.0447