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San Francisco, California

The Wave Organ

A huge musical instrument played by the ocean
37.8085, -122.4402
Paris, France

Paris Sewer Museum

The curious underground history of keeping Paris clean
48.8629, 2.3017
Fuller St., part of the main drag.
Bridgeport, California

Bodie State Historical Park

Standing in a state of "arrested decay", this ghost town allows for a detailed peek into Gold Rush life in an unusually harsh climate
38.2088, -119.0142
Seattle, Washington

Fremont Troll

A giant Troll lurks under a Seattle bridge overpass
47.6523, -122.3473
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
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
A view underground
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Underground

A walk through the historic city center, under the streets of Seattle
47.6018, -122.3341
Group and private baths
Clackamas, Oregon

Bagby Hot Springs

Hollowed out cedar log tubs set in an ancient towering forest
44.9432, -122.1721
New York, New York

Obscura Antiques and Oddities

Tucked in the back of this amazing antique store is an important piece of medical history
40.7275, -73.9801
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
"Anti-Saloon League San Francisco Est. 1920" A sign seen outside Bourbon & Branch.
San Francisco, California

Bourbon & Branch

A nondescript building that's been funtioning as a speakeasy for nearly a century and a half
37.7858, -122.4130
Inyo, California

Amargosa Opera House

Marta Becket's hand-painted theater in the desert
36.3014, -116.4144
The Canada France Hawaii Telescope.
Hawaii, Hawaii

Mauna Kea

Earth's tallest volcano is home to a dozen world-class observatories
19.8244, -155.4733
Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral seen from the Parc de Montjuvet.
Clermont-Ferrand, France

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

A Gothic cathedral created from volcanic rocks
45.7772, 3.0824
Fushimi Ward, Japan

Fushimi Inari Shrine

The Ten Thousand "Torii" Shrine
34.9672, 135.7733
Fez, Morocco

Chouara Leather Tannery

Traditional 11th-century outdoor tannery
34.0661, -4.9780
The O-torii, 16 meters high, was rebuilt in 1875.
Hatsukaichi, Japan

Itsukushima Shrine

Japanese national treasure originally built in 593 CE
34.2924, 132.3152
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
(Wikimedia Commons)
Orick, California

Fern Canyon

Canyon walls shrouded in ferns
41.4026, -124.0684
Monkeys lounging in the hot springs of the park
Yamanouchi, Japan

Jigokudani Park

Hot springs monkey spa in the middle of Hell's Valley
36.7446, 138.4126
Al Farafrah, Egypt

White Desert

Alien landscape of chalk-rock in the Egyptian Desert
27.0600, 27.9700
(Flickr/The Outback Traveler)
Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque

700-foot-tall minaret built on the Atlantic Ocean
33.6078, -7.6328