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Mitchell, South Dakota

The Corn Palace

A fitting attraction for the corn capital of the world
43.7146, -98.0254
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
Seattle, Washington

Smith Tower Penthouse

42nd story Pyramid shaped penthouse tops Seattle's oldest skyscraper
47.6018, -122.3321
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966
37.7799, -122.5137
The 272 steps to the main cave, guarded by Murugan
Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves

Holy Hindu shrine in an enormous, monkey-filled limestone cavern
3.2419, 101.6868
Gum Wall window ledge
Seattle, Washington

Gum Wall

A wall of chewing gum moonlights as collective art
47.6081, -122.3403
San Francisco, California

Zeum Carousel

A still functioning vaudeville carousel that has operated for over a century boasts a colorful menagerie and past
37.7834, -122.4021
Chicago, Illinois

Sears Tower Glass Platform

Four glass boxes hover over 1,000 feet in the air to give visitors an unparalled view
41.8789, -87.6363
San Francisco, California

Battery Chamberlin

Guns that have been defending San Francisco since 1904
37.7940, -122.4827
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
The sign welcoming visitors to the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Dyed by iron oxide over centuries, these sandstone rocks rise thousands of feet into the sky
36.1357, -115.4279
Originally a high school, Tuol Seng was converted into a high security prison.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng

Khmer Rouge's high security prison
11.5496, 104.9175
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use
33.5019, -117.6628
Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

One of the most unusual geological features, recognizable from a dozen hit movies
35.6764, -117.3799
Nurse sharks at Compass Cay, swimming by the dock for food. (Brett Young/Atlas Obscura)
Bahamas

Nurse Sharks of Compass Cay

They squeal, they nosh, they look like predators
24.2613, -76.5126
Tijuana, Mexico

La Mona

Giant nude woman of Tijuana is also the artist's home
32.5390, -116.9932
(Flickr/Svalin)
Beijing, China

798 Art District

This probably wasn't what Mao had in mind
39.9042, 116.4074
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh Memorial Stupa

5,000 skulls in memorial to those killed by the Khmer Rouge
11.4634, 104.8896
Seoul, South Korea

War Memorial of Korea

Home to more than 13,000 pieces of war memorabilia and military equipment
37.5295, 126.9647
(Flickr/Uptown Almanac)
San Francisco, California

The First Sea-Punk Mural

Art from the latest counter-culture; kids who dye their hair blue and believe the future will be a post-apocalyptic water world
37.7749, -122.4194
(The World)
South Jakarta, Indonesia

Goal Bola-Bola

Concrete balls on wires constructed to stop train surfing in Indonesia
-6.2115, 106.8452
Hachikō at the station
Taito, Japan

Hachiko

After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation
35.7180, 139.7788
Haut Saut d'Eau, Haiti

Saut-d'Eau Waterfalls

Thousands of Haitians travel to the waterfalls to ask the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and her voodoo counterpart Erzulie for healing in a yearly pilgrimage
18.8168, -72.2016
Abandoned fortifications at Fort Miley
San Francisco, California

Fort Miley Batteries

Big gun installations, built over a massive cemetery, now abandoned & hidden in trees
37.7827, -122.5088