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The long-"lost" urn, in its new setting
Washington, D.C.

Cuban-American Friendship Urn

The only National Monument ever to go missing for nearly 50 years then resurface in a dump.
38.8785, -77.0383
The current view
Washington, D.C.

Georgetown Waterfront

The little-known, 300-year history of the area includes former lives as a bustling tobacco port, parking lot, and industrial dump.
38.9029, -77.0657
Henderson, North Carolina

Giant Lady Legs of Henderson

The largest legs you'll ever see on a country road in North Carolina.
36.3008, -78.3997
Dashes mark the Potomac low tide waterline, dots mark Roache's Run
Arlington, Virginia

Alexander's Island Border Dispute

The Pentagon sits on a former island that was in Virginia at low tide and D.C. at high tide.
38.8785, -77.0533
You'll never unsee it now.
Washington, Washington, D.C.

Washington Monument Marble Stripe

Look closely and you’ll notice that the color changes a third of the way up the tower.
38.8903, -77.0332
The car barn circa 1980-2006.
Washington, D.C.

Capital Transit Co. Streetcar Barn

Before Metro, Washington had a robust streetcar network—and you see the remains of this infrastructure if you know where to look.
38.9056, -77.0699
Washington, D.C.

U.S. Naval Observatory Master Clock

The most accurate timepiece in the world.
Sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery
The Madonna in Bethesda
Bethesda, Maryland

Madonna of the Trail

She stares out across six lanes of traffic, clutching a musket and infant with determination.
38.9839, -77.0942
Summer at Shofuso
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Philadelphia boasts one of the best — and most often overlooked — traditional Japanese gardens in North America.
39.9814, -75.2129
Washington, D.C.

Churchill and Mandela Call and Response

When it comes to handsignals (and colonialism) rock always beats scissors.
38.9202, -77.0617
The small cabin served as George Washington's headquarters.
Cumberland, Maryland

George Washington's Headquarters

This one-room cabin where the young colonel slept during the French and Indian War. .
39.6496, -78.7647
View into the theater after the disaster.
Washington, D.C.

Site of the Knickerbocker Disaster

You could be standing at the site of one of D.C.'s most fatal tragedies and not even know it.
38.9222, -77.0429
Model of a partial dinosaur skeleton.
Laurel, Maryland

Laurel Dinosaur Park

This dig site outside D.C. is known for its exceptionally high density of baby dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs.
39.0708, -76.8686
The lamps shine along Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

Urban Light

Scores of vintage street lamps shine along L.A.’s Miracle Mile.
34.0628, -118.3594
Bowden Spacelander
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bicycle Heaven

With 3,000 bikes on display, the world's largest bicycle museum includes some famous rarities.
40.4563, -80.0324
Dippy the Dinosaur
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dippy the Dinosaur

A model of a dinosaur that was named for Andrew Carnegie stands outside the museum that also bears his name.
40.4434, -79.9499
Duquesne Brewery Clock
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Duquesne Brewery Clock

The largest clock face in the United States is twice the size of Big Ben and infinitely more ad-sponsored.
40.4261, -79.9765
Maria
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Robot Hall of Fame

This permanent exhibition celebrates the finest of our heartless automatons both real and fictional.
40.4457, -80.0181
Potsdam, Germany

Einsteinturm

Solar observatory doubles as a daring display of Expressionist architecture, much to Einstein's chagrin.
52.3789, 13.0638
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Protractors

Hundreds of protractors affixed to surfaces all over the city.
40.4576, -79.9659
The Immaculate Reception Monument
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Immaculate Reception Monument

This spot memorializes one of the greatest plays in NFL history, unless you happen to be a Raiders fan.
40.4467, -80.0128
The view at night.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

West End Overlook

The only way to see Pittsburgh is from the top of this lookout point, just like the ancient members of the native peoples did.
40.4448, -80.0370
The 300-year-old tree.
Arbutus, Maryland

The Arbutus Oak

The 320-year-old tree that greeted General Lafayette and rerouted an interstate highway.
39.2508, -76.6823
The FBI's spy house on Wisconsin Ave. Cameras could be seen in the tinted skylights on the roof.
Washington, D.C.

FBI Spy House

A painfully obvious spy house sits right across the street from the Russian Embassy.
38.9242, -77.0728