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Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge
A French chateau, failed utopian community, odd museum and stonehenge replica in rural Washington State.
This bronze sculpture on a former squash court marks the secret origins of the Atomic Age.
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Flat Iron Building
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Roger Brown Study Collection
An expansive curio collection in the home of a prominent Chicago artist.
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The Renaissance Society
An avant garde art museum at the University of Chicago.
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The Empty Bottle
A beloved Chicago music venue offering cold beer and lots of “Friendly."
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Green Mill Jazz Club
A century-old hotspot for jazz, frequented by everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Al Capone.
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The twin towers in this Chicago fountain use 50 foot tall video screens to spit on people.
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Thorne Miniature Rooms
Each of these gorgeous, intricately decorated rooms is painstakingly crafted to the scale of 1 inch: 1 foot.
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A massive thing of wonder, this stained-glass masterpiece is thought to be the largest Tiffany dome in existence.
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A universal meditative place of worship and social justice center adorned with paintings by famed abstract artist Mark Rothko.
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Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
This highest peak in New Mexico is named after an explorer who had a habit of lending his monicker to peaks.
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Chimayo, New Mexico
El Santuario de Chimayo
This popular pilgrimage site offers a hole filled with holy healing dirt.
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
Bandelier National Monument
A small metropolis of Pueblo cave dwellings have been carved right into the hillside of this national monument.
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Nageezi, New Mexico
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
A phenomenal assembly of pueblos in New Mexico is the most complete example of ancient ruins north of the border.
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Shiprock, New Mexico
Legends surround this jagged rock formation in the New Mexico desert.
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Hot Springs, Arkansas
The Arlington Hotel
This historic hotel at the head of Bathhouse Row in Hot Springs National Park has storied history of gangsters and baseball greats.
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa
Haunted hotel, built on natural springs, once served as a hospital for a quack doctor promising cancer cures.
Added by Nicholas Jackson
Crater of Diamonds State Park
The only diamond mine in the world where you can keep what you find.
Added by jennifer4
Lvdao Township, Taiwan
Green Island Human Rights Culture Park
A memorial to the thousands of political dissidents imprisoned during the 38-year period of martial law in Taiwan.
Added by Shin Yu Pai
Wanli District, Taiwan
Wanli UFO Village
A rare pod of derelict midcentury Futuro and Venturo houses lines a semi-abandoned beachfront resort outside Taipei.
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798 Art District
This probably wasn't what Mao had in mind.
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The Forbidden City
The most famous location in China was home to whole dynasties worth of imperial rulers.
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A Prada store in the West Texas desert that is never open for business.
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