Total Eclipse: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Festival of Science, Music, and Celestial Wonder. August 19–21, 2017 in Eastern Oregon.
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Cave of the Mounds
Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Cave of the Mounds

This cave holds a surprisingly colorful variety of geological oddities
43.0181, -89.8147
Fenelon Place Elevator
Dubuque, Iowa

Fenelon Place Elevator

For just a few bucks this Iowa funicular will let you feel like a 1800s fat cat
42.4963, -90.6694
The Livonian Wolves at the Leaping Wall
Chicago, Illinois

Livonian Wolves at the Leaping Wall

In one Chicago park, a trio of werewolves are waiting to devour their fallen brethren.
Sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery
A view from the top of the dune.
Michigan City, Indiana

Mysterious Sinkholes of Mt. Baldy

A chilling disappearance (and rescue) of a child uncovers a geological mystery
41.7112, -86.9250
Ulysses S. Grant
Chicago, Illinois

Ulysses S. Grant Boulder

A strange rock in Chicago marks the spot where a tree once stood in honor of the 18th President
41.8011, -87.6089
Trash accumulates on a Bahamas beach overlooking the Atlantic.
Sargasso Sea, Atlantic Ocean

North Atlantic Garbage Patch

The lesser-known cousin of the Great Pacific trash island
28.0000, -66.0000
The Abandoned Royal Navy Docks
Bermuda

The Abandoned Royal Navy Docks

Once a strategically imperative naval base, large portions of this Bermuda dock complex lie abandoned
32.3247, -64.8370
Noumea, New Caledonia

Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center

Marvel of green building techniques that sings with the wind
-22.2567, 166.4813
South Island, New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier

The glacier tucked within a New Zealand rainforest
-43.4667, 170.1833
The Giant Stairway
Katoomba, Australia

The Giant Stairway

A massive stairway that almost wasn't leads to one of Australia's most scenic vistas
-33.7350, 150.3152
Three Sisters
Katoomba, Australia

Three Sisters

This trio of Australian rock spires may have inspired aboriginal legend or just modern tourism
-33.7150, 150.3114
Chris Park
San Antonio, Texas

Chris Park

A mother's mourning for her lost son is remembered in this small park embedded with his memory
29.4130, -98.5008
Standin' On the Corner Park
Winslow, Arizona

Standin' On the Corner Park

This public square capitalized on a single Eagles reference to bring some life back to an Arizona town
35.0235, -110.6977
Bucket of Blood Street
Holbrook, Arizona

Bucket of Blood Street

This sanguine boulevard was named after a deadly cowboy bar fight
34.9000, -110.1588
A sailor's valentine.
Sanibel, Florida

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

In a city crazy for seashells this museum educates and amazes visitors using the wonder of cast-off exoskeletons
26.4381, -82.0927
Marco Island, Florida

Cape Romano Dome House

An abandoned vacation home spent a decade taking on legends. It's now taking on water.
25.8454, -81.6811
Koreshan State Park Yellow House
Estero, Florida

Koreshan State Historic Site

Former utopian colony based on the belief that the universe exists in a hollow sphere.
26.4330, -81.8154
Ted Smallwood Store
Chokoloskee, Florida

Ted Smallwood Store

A time capsule of Floridian history fights to survive on the banks of Chokoloskee Bay
25.8100, -81.3626
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Waipoua Forest, New Zealand

Tane Mahuta

Largest Kauri tree in New Zealand
-35.6716, 173.5747
Sky Tower
Auckland, New Zealand

Sky Tower

A New Zealand communications tower stands as the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere
-36.8481, 174.7627
Hundertwasser Toilets
Kawakawa, New Zealand

Hundertwasser Toilets

Modern art meets modern convenience in possibly the world's most architecturally important public bathroom
-35.3799, 174.0671
Ecuador

Intiñan Solar Museum

Home of the "true" equator
-0.0007, -78.4544
Red sands
Breadalbane, Canada

Red Sands of Prince Edward Island

Rusty red sands line the shores of this Canadian Province
46.3455, -63.4488
The devastated north end of Halifax
Halifax, Canada

Halifax Explosion Memorial

The city of Halifax still bears the scars of the largest explosion prior to the atomic bomb.
44.6658, -63.6012