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Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy tale castle of the "fairy-tale king"
47.5574, 10.7495
United Kingdom

Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland's Brobdingnagian stepping stones
55.2417, -6.5112
Mitchell, South Dakota

The Corn Palace

A fitting attraction for the corn capital of the world
43.7146, -98.0254
The entrance to the caves in St. Paul.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Wabasha Street Caves

Mushrooms, gangsters ... disco?
44.9359, -93.0870
The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park, built in 1915.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory (Como Park)

Home to the Amorphophallus titanum "Corpse Flower," which is among the largest flowers in the world and also smells powerfully of rotting flesh when in bloom.
44.9798, -93.1480
Salem Witch House
Salem, Massachusetts

The Witch House of Salem

The only structure left with direct ties to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692
42.5215, -70.8989
Oslo, Norway

Vigeland Sculpture Park

One man's exploration of the human form, including the bizarre and delightful "Man Attacked by Babies"
59.9245, 10.7075
Custer, South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest mountain carving could fit all of Mount Rushmore inside it many times over
43.8368, -103.6244
The descent of the snake god
Mexico

Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chich'en Itza

Every equinox this Mayan pyramid puts on a spooky ancient light show
20.6816, -88.5677
Wall, South Dakota

Wall Drug

The granddaddy of all tourist traps, built on ice water and jackalopes
43.9933, -102.2418
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Morning Glory Pool

A beautiful geyser under enviromental threat
44.4750, -110.8436
Screen showing objects currently tracked by Deep Space Network
La Cañada Flintridge, California

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's leading space science lab started by a co-founder with deep ties to the occult
34.1987, -118.1754
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
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
Xinyi District, Taiwan

Tuned Mass Damper of Taipei 101

Enormous pendulum helps keep Taiwan's tallest building from swaying
25.0336, 121.5650
The San Francisco Cable Car Museum lives in a beautiful brick building on Masonic street.
San Francisco, California

San Francisco's Cable Car Museum

Not merely a museum – but a whirring powerhouse that offers a subterranean peek into the heart and soul of cable car operations
37.7945, -122.4114
Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Arecibo Observatory

World's largest single-dish radio telescope, once used to contact E.T.
18.3442, -66.7528
The crow's nest
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Crow's Nest at the Old Faithful Inn

An architect's childhood fantasy treehouse made real
44.4597, -110.8303
The Vision of Peace statue.
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Vision of Peace (Indian God of Peace)

World's largest carved onyx figure stands as a tribute to enduring peace
44.9439, -93.0935
View from across Piazza San Marco.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower - Torre dell'Orologio

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece
45.4347, 12.3389
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island - La Isla de los Alcatraces

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim
37.8267, -122.4230
Studiolo Francesco I de’ Medici. (61736507/Flickr)
Florence, Italy

Studiolo Francesco I de’ Medici

Secret refuge and museum of the Duke of Florence
43.7695, 11.2556
Buontalenti Grotto. (61736507/Flickr)
Firenze, Italy

Buontalenti Grotto

A large grotto built in the 16th century amidst Florence's famous Boboli gardens
43.7661, 11.2523
Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen Open Air Museum

Sweden's "good old days" painstakingly re-created in a model village
59.3244, 18.1013