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Place where you should stop to hear the ghosts
New Hope, Pennsylvania

Van Sant Crybaby Bridge

A historic covered bridge is but one example of an oddly prevalent American urban legend.
40.3270, -74.9578
Stoogeum
Spring House, Pennsylvania

Stoogeum

A museum of anything and everything Stooge.
40.1780, -75.2242
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Masonic Temple of Philadelphia

Huge masonic hall in Philadelphia with lavishly themed rooms
39.9534, -75.1633
A view of City Hall from below. (Photo:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
39.9541, -75.1644
The Grand Court and Organ
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wanamaker Building

The first American department store, and home to the largest operating musical instrument in the world
39.9514, -75.1621
The original Bicentennial Moon Tree - it died and was cut down in 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Moon Tree

A clone-tree grows in Washington Square Park sprung from seeds that went to the Moon and back.
39.9476, -75.1518
"The Dream Garden" by Tiffany
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tiffany Glass Mural "The Dream Garden"

Mural made of 100,000 pieces of hand blown glass, and until recently, the largest glass mural in the US
39.9478, -75.1512
Malvern, Pennsylvania

Duffy's Cut

Pennsylvanian mass grave and possibly mass murder
40.0334, -75.5293
Frick's Lock and the Limerick Nuclear Power Plant
Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Frick's Lock

A modern ghost town whose inhabitants were driven away by nuclear proliferation
40.2215, -75.6032
The Colonial Theatre
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Colonial Theatre

This historic old movie house was the scene of one of The Blob's most iconic attacks.
40.1342, -75.5175
A collection of rocks, fossils and other items from around the US and foreign countries.
Kissimmee, Florida

Monument of States

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, rocks and fossils from every U.S. state were collected into a pyramid of national unity.
28.2916, -81.4046
Clermont, Florida

Citrus Tower

The Citrus Tower: A still-functioning icon of Florida's pre-Disney tourist adventures.
28.5645, -81.7437
Clermont, Florida

Presidents Hall of Fame

Former wax museum from the 1960s, home to many wax U.S. President's and the famous White House miniature
28.5631, -81.7438
Splendid China, Orlando
Kissimmee, Florida

Splendid China

Once featuring over 60 miniature replicas of famous Chinese locations, the Splendid China theme park was completely abandoned and is now mostly rubble.
28.3376, -81.6057
A fountain among the rose gardens.
Orlando, Florida

Harry P. Leu Gardens

A vast array of tropical plants collected by a vacationing couple
28.5676, -81.3554
Personal gadgets for sale in Akihabara around 2008.
Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara Electric Town

Once a black market electronics marketplace, now an otaku shopper's paradise.
35.6989, 139.7699
Trapeze park
Venice, Florida

Circus in Venice

For 32 years the famous Ringling Bros circus troupe spent winters in this sunny spot in Florida.
27.0793, -82.4337
Conch displays.
North Fort Myers, Florida

The Shell Factory

The largest retailer of seashells in the world also claims the largest collection of taxidermy in North America.
26.7055, -81.8980
All of the restored planes are kept in pristine condition.
Polk City, Florida

Fantasy of Flight

The world's largest private aircraft collection
28.1795, -81.8175
Winnetka, Illinois

The Home Alone House

Recognized the world over as the home of the McCallister's in the 1990 movie Home Alone
42.1097, -87.7340
Trading room circa 1894
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room

Once at the center of U.S. finance, the historic Trading Room was meticulously recreated piece by piece and rebuilt in the Art Institute.
41.8797, -87.6213
1810s English Rotunda, Thorne Miniature Rooms
Chicago, Illinois

Thorne Miniature Rooms

Each of these gorgeous, intricately decorated rooms is painstakingly crafted to the scale of 1 inch: 1 foot.
41.8807, -87.6242
Chicago, Illinois

Nuclear Energy

This bronze sculpture on a former squash court marks the secret origins of the Atomic Age
41.7921, -87.6018
Dialogo
Chicago, Illinois

Dialogo

This abstract sculpture is rumored to cast a hammer-and-sickle shadow once a year
41.7896, -87.6009