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Late-model Grave Digger on display at the Digger's Dungeon.
Poplar Branch, North Carolina

Grave Digger's Dungeon

The Cadillac Ranch for monster truck aficionados
36.2854, -75.9198
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Corolla, North Carolina

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Beautiful Gothic-inspired lighthouse stands out among the run-of-the-mill striped fare on Bodies Island
36.3763, -75.8306
Gravestones at the British Cemetery .
Ocracoke, North Carolina

British Cemetery of Ocracoke

The North Carolina grounds are leased in perpetuity to the British Commonwealth for as long as the WWII sailors are buried there.
35.1167, -75.9810
(Flickr/A.Currell)
Baltimore, Maryland

Geppi's Entertainment Museum

Walk through the history of American pop culture
39.2836, -76.6197
The bust at Christmastime
Baltimore, Maryland

Frank Zappa Bust

The likeness of the Baltimore music icon was unveiled in time for the anniversary of his Senate hearings on music censorship.
39.2863, -76.5667
View of the Potomac Park Levee
Washington, D.C.

Potomac Park Flood Levee

This mysterious structure by the Washington Monument is a flood barrier designed to protect the White House against rising waters.
38.8914, -77.0395
Frederick Douglass's House, Cedar Hill
Washington, D.C.

Frederick Douglass's House, Cedar Hill

The famous abolitionist’s preserved estate is one of Washington's finest monuments to its great African-American citizens.
38.8633, -76.9852
Alternate view from the second floor
Washington, D.C.

Riggs Library

A wondrous old library overlooking Washington, D.C.
38.9073, -77.0727
Washington, D.C.

minibar by Jose Andres

Truly adventurous food from one of America's most innovative chefs
38.8964, -77.0236
Washington, D.C.

International Spy Museum

“They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies”—James Bond, Quantum of Solace.
38.8969, -77.0235
lilies blooming in September
Washington, D.C.

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

A lovely aquatic park built by a one-armed Civil War veteran who made a fortune from Lotus flowers.
38.9128, -76.9433
View of the Watergate Exxon in 2016
Washington, D.C.

Watergate Gas Station

This seemingly out-of-place gas station by the Watergate hotel was once described as the most expensive gas station in the world.
38.9004, -77.0567
Approaching the Minecraft Death Star from the south
Washington, D.C.

Rayburn House Office Building

One critic described it as "middle Mussolini, early Ramses, and late Neiman-Marcus." Another called it an architectural "natural disaster."
38.8869, -77.0105
Washington, D.C.

Inaugural Parade Center Line

A line of blue paint marks the route of the inaugural parade
38.8988, -77.0339
Alice in Wonderland statue
New York, New York

Alice in Wonderland Statue

This whimsical Central Park statue is modeled off the likeness of its creators.
40.7751, -73.9665
National Firearms Museum
Fairfax, Virginia

National Firearms Museum

Collecting 700 years of mechanical death-dealing, the NRA's sprawling gun museum is a revealing testament to the American obsession with armament
38.8631, -77.3356
Silver Spring, Maryland

Mammalian Brain Collection

Brain collection and database that narrows the gap between man and animal.
39.0087, -77.0531
Dr. Seuss Museum
Springfield, Massachusetts

Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden

Sculptures of many beloved Seussean characters in the garden of the Springfield Museums.
42.1045, -72.5873
Staten Island, New York

Tugboat Graveyard

Final resting place of two dozen New York City harbor ships
40.5544, -74.2179
Staten Island, New York

Willowbrook State School

Failed state-supported institution meant to rehabilitate students with mental retardation
40.5834, -74.1496
Kreischer Mansion
Staten Island, New York

Kreischer Mansion

This empty Victorian manse on Staten Island is said to be haunted but is actually a real life crime scene
40.5326, -74.2378
Staten Island's stone cairn garden.
Staten Island, New York

Mount Loretto Beach Rock Garden

Eccentric stone cairns built on a public New York City beach
40.5108, -74.2101
Bayonne, New Jersey

Tear Drop Memorial

World Trade Center memorial likened to a woman's sexual organ
40.6687, -74.1143
Fort Richmond ruins, Fort Wadsworth.
Staten Island, New York

Fort Wadsworth

America's longest-manned military fort is now an just an abandoned hulk
40.6036, -74.0588