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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mutter Museum

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's Brain
39.9535, -75.1768
Luray, Virginia

The Great Stalacpipe Organ

An organ located deep within a cave and whose "pipes" are the geological features of the cave itself
38.6614, -78.4850
Daniel Campos, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivian Salt Flat

A seemingly endless landscape of pure salt stretches far across Bolivia
-20.1643, -67.5714
photo by Tobias Helfrich / Wikimedia
Alghero, Italy

Neptune's Grotto

Stalactites and stalagmites in a beautifully lit cave
40.5576, 8.3221
New York, New York

Maxilla & Mandible

A Natural History and Science Emporium
40.7837, -73.9742
Centerport, New York

Vanderbilt Museum

An eccentric playboy's astounding natural history collection
40.9055, -73.3676
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned urban park
40.7392, -74.0083
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

A battle between nature and architecture in the Cambodian jungle
13.3586, 103.8626
Crypt of the Three Skeletons
Rome, Italy

Santa Maria della Concezione Crypts

The crypts of Capuchin friars decorated with the bones of over 4000 friars, including an entire "crypt of pelvises"
41.9047, 12.4882
Morristown, New Jersey

Morris Museum

A world-class collection of mechanical musical instruments and automata
40.7959, -74.4487
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Folk art environment, gallery space, and nonprofit showcasing the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar
39.9429, -75.1593
Inside the Tent of Tomorrow of the New York State Pavilion (2009)
Queens, New York

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The remnants of two World's Fairs are here, complete with a 12-story globe, a mini-Manhattan, and a UFO shaped pavilion
40.7462, -73.8445
Brooklyn, New York

Dead Horse Bay

First a horse rendering plant, then a 19th century landfill, this beach of glass is scavenger heaven
40.5780, -73.8886
Music fills the barge.
Brooklyn, New York

BargeMusic

A cargo of beautiful music
40.7030, -73.9953
Known as a "Zip Tube" this carries the book requests down to the stacks many floors below.
New York, New York

Pneumatic System of the New York Public Library

One of the few places in Manhattan which still employs a pneumatic system
40.7533, -73.9823
Spruce Tree House - March 2010
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park

The ancient dwellings of the Puebloans, carved into the cliffs of majestic mesas
37.1838, -108.4887
Brooklyn, New York

Morbid Anatomy Museum

A museum devoted to bringing to light forgotten or neglected histories through exhibitions, education and public programming.
40.6729, -73.9901
Howes Cave, New York

Howe Caverns

Why have you never heard of the second most popular tourist site in New York?
42.6946, -74.4087
Photo of one of the lions from J.H. Patterson's book "The Man-eaters of Tsavo", 1907
Chicago, Illinois

Tsavo Man Eaters

These pretty kitties killed and ate as many as 135 railway workers
41.8662, -87.6186
Gyeongju-si, South Korea

Cheomseongdae

Numerical symbolism abound at East Asia's oldest observatory
35.8364, 129.2218
George Glazer Gallery.
New York, New York

George Glazer Gallery

Unique antiquarian shop specializing in globes, maps, and prints
40.7825, -73.9475
Uyuni, Bolivia

Great Train Graveyard

On the outskirts of a desert trading village high on the Andean plain, steel giants have been destroyed by salt winds
-20.4604, -66.8250
The Demarcation Line marking the border between the two countries
Paju-si, South Korea

Korean Demilitarized Zone

Last frontier of the Cold War
37.9556, 126.6766
A boat being serviced using a dry dock. (amberjol/Flickr)
Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Navy Yard

A decommissioned military complex that's now a modern industrial park
40.7026, -73.9698