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Plaque that marks the former hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Site of Edgar Allan Poe's Death

The site where Poe "in great distress, and ... in need of immediate assistance" likely died.
39.2929, -76.5942
A close-up of the plaque on the historical marker with a plush duck. (Wikimedia Commons)
Lebanon, Kansas

Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States

Small plaque marks the spot, but the true center is located about a mile away on a private pig farm.
39.8282, -98.5696
Outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. (ncindc/Flickr)
Washington, D.C.

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Largest Roman Catholic church in North America.
38.9335, -77.0007
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
37.8267, -122.4230
Memphis, Tennessee

National Civil Rights Museum

Hotel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot now functions as a museum dedicated to his life's work.
35.1347, -90.0577
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave

World's longest known cave.
37.2136, -86.1548
The proud legacy of Don Juan Ponce de Leon.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Fountain of Youth

A tribute to Ponce de Leon's supposed quest for eternal youth.
29.9068, -81.3149
The Collider Detector at Fermilab.
Batavia, Illinois

Fermilab

World's second largest particle accelerator, where nature reveals its secrets.
41.8319, -88.2572
Plaster cast of a dog at Pompeii.
Pompei, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

The last moments of the ill-fated Pompeiians, frozen forever in plaster.
40.7516, 14.4903
Key West, Florida

The Conch Republic

"We Seceded Where Others Failed."
24.5557, -81.7826
Aerial view of Pigeon Key, with the partially decimated Overseas Railroad bridge running parallel to the new Seven Mile Bridge.
Big Pine Key, Florida

Overseas Railroad and Pigeon Key

Island ghost town detailing Flagler's folly in building the Overseas Railroad.
24.7041, -81.1552
Memphis, Tennessee

Mud Island River Park

Walk the whole Mississippi River!
35.1489, -90.0528
The world's largest hammock, containing four adults for scale.
Point Harbor, North Carolina

World's Largest Hammock

The perfect place to take a family of giants for a beach vacation.
36.0944, -75.8048
Exterior view of the Vehicle Assembly Building.
Titusville, Florida

NASA Vehicle Assembly Building

A building so large that it has its own weather.
28.5863, -80.6513
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Tour the dark and beloved poet's former cobwebbed basement, which may have inspired "The Black Cat."
39.9616, -75.1498
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Morning Glory Pool

A beautiful geyser under enviromental threat.
44.4750, -110.8436
Key West, Florida

Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

Home of the Nobel Prize-winning American writer, today home to many six-toed cats.
24.5511, -81.8005
Cats lounging on ancient architecture
Rome, Italy

Torre Argentina (Roman Cat Sanctuary)

Hundreds of lucky felines haunt the ruins where Caesar was murdered.
41.8959, 12.4765
Salem Witch House
Salem, Massachusetts

The Witch House of Salem

One of the only structures left with direct ties to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692.
42.5215, -70.8989
Père Lachaise in snow
Paris, France

Père Lachaise Cemetery

France's most famous cemetery, with some of its most curious tombs.
48.8594, 2.3910
Mount Carroll, Illinois

Raven's Grin Inn

Former hotel turned into haunted playground.
42.1005, -89.9800
Downtown Mackinac
Mackinac Island, Michigan

Mackinac Island

Island where motor vehicles are banned -- home to the only carless highway in the United States.
45.8681, -84.6289
Three levels of shopping stacked on top of one another, built above the world's largest underground aquarium, and centered around a full-blown indoor amusement park.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more then you think it is...
44.8550, -93.2421
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Art Museum

This striking art museum holds an amazing series of curiosity cabinets.
43.0385, -87.8975