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Rye, Colorado

Bishop Castle

The largest self-built castle in the US
38.0610, -105.0942
San Francisco, California

The Pirate Shop at 826 Valencia

An essential stop before plundering, BYO Cutlass
37.7596, -122.4214
Gold Rush Steakhouse at the Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, California

Madonna Inn

A hotel/restaurant serving as the mecca of kitsch
35.2660, -120.6737
The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill
San Francisco, California

The Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Staircase winds down the side of Telegraph Hill through gardens, wild parrots flying overhead
37.8021, -122.4039
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966
37.7799, -122.5137
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
New Orleans, Louisiana

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

Opened in 1772, the oldest continuously running bar in the United States
29.9606, -90.0639
Chicago, Illinois

The Wieners Circle

A hot dog stand where the heads are just as hot as the dogs
41.9302, -87.6436
Chicago, Illinois

Merz Apothecary

An antiquated German apothecary on Chicago's Northside -- with a branch in the Palmer House Hotel in downtown Chicago
41.9670, -87.6879
Chicago, Illinois

American Science and Surplus

A science teacher's dream
41.9769, -87.7697
Battery Spencer with with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background
Sausalito, California

Marin Headlands

Concrete strongholds stand guard over the Golden Gate
37.8339, -122.5329
Dutch (North) Windmill from the beach.
San Francisco, California

Dutch Windmill

The key to turning shifting dunes into the green oasis of Golden Gate Park
37.7705, -122.5094
Main entrance to the Exploratorium at Pier 15
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum
37.7985, -122.4172
San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Park Bison

San Francisco's very own urban bison herd have persisted in the face of extinction, development and disease
37.7698, -122.4984
The entire ceiling
Rome, Italy

The dome illusion

A master of trompe-l'oeil creates a stunning tourist-fooling dome out of a flat ceiling
41.8990, 12.4798
Photo Courtesy the Long Now Foundation
Jordan

Petra

An ancient capital city 3000 years old and harboring many surprises
30.3285, 35.4427
San Luis Obispo, California

San Luis Obispo's Bubblegum Alley

An alley covered with 20 years of bubble gum
35.2790, -120.6638
Ashland st. Entrance at Walsh Park.
Chicago, Illinois

Bloomingdale Trail

Urban hiking on abandoned railway in the centre of Chicago
41.9142, -87.6676
Lima Cathedral
San Isidro District, Peru

Pizarro's Tomb

Now containing the bones of the actual conquistador, instead of someone else
-12.0931, -77.0464
Pacific Grove, California

Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Every year, over 25,000 monarchs overwinter in Pacific Grove
36.6264, -121.9302
Palaeovespa florissantia, a fossil wasp, forms the logo for Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. (Wikimedia Commons)
Divide, Colorado

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Biggest source of fossilized insects anywhere
38.9428, -105.1727
Mexico City, Mexico

Chapultepec Castle

The only castle in North America to ever house actual sovereigns
19.4096, -99.2224
Denver, Colorado

Cheesman Park

Downtown park built on top of unclaimed graves
39.7321, -104.9666
Tehachapi Wind Farm
Tehachapi, California

Tehachapi Wind Farm

Thousands of turbines whir at at the origin of North American wind power
35.1681, -118.4737
Entrance to Bohemian National Cemetery. (Wikimedia Commons)
Chicago, Illinois

Bohemian National Cemetery

Cemetery featuring rare glass-fronted columbarium
41.9763, -87.7282