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Cold Spring Harbor, New York

The Whaling Museum

Whale bones, scrimshaw, and sperm oil make up just a part of this comprehensive collection of whaling history.
New York, New York

President Ulysses S. Grant's Tomb

Visit the monolithic tomb of America's most famous general.
Miami Beach, Florida

The Rainbow Crosswalk

This Ocean Drive crosswalk has been paved in rainbow colors to honor the LGBTQ+ community and the man who brought pastel to Miami Beach.
Queens, New York

Home for Retired Playground Animals

A menagerie of concrete animals brought together from across New York City's parks.
Casper, Wyoming

The 'M' Building and Tower

Locally known as the "Onion” and the "Egg Beater,” Casper’s most recognizable buildings are beloved local landmarks to many, and eyesores to others.
Evanston, Wyoming

Roundhouse & Railyards

Evanston's historic railroad complex saved this rail town from reaching the "end of the line."
Tacoma, Washington

Fireboat No. 1

This landmark vessel dry-berthed in Tacoma's harbor served in emergencies and ceremonies for more than 50 years.
Ayden, North Carolina

Skylight Inn BBQ

This family-run joint has been going whole hog for nearly 100 years.
Sponsored by Visit North Carolina
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

'Arc of Dreams'

This soaring sculpture and Sioux Falls landmark represents the leap of faith taken to make one's dreams come true.
Jackson, Mississippi

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home

This ranch house in Jackson's Elraine neighborhood was home to the civil rights icons and the site of a shocking assassination.
Auburn, Kentucky

South Union Shaker Village

The remains of this visionary community can still be found much as it was a century ago.
Thermopolis, Wyoming

Hot Springs State Park

The world's largest mineral hot springs is home to a herd of bison, a free public bath house, beautiful mineral formations, and a terrifying swinging bridge.
Austin, Texas

O. Henry Museum

The former home of one of America's greatest short story writers is home to an annual pun competition.
Camp Verde, Arizona

World's Largest Kokopelli

This oversized flute-playing Ancestral Puebloan deity is also a landmark of Southwestern kitsch.
Anchorage, Alaska

Earthquake Park

The now-serene site of the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America.
New York, New York

'Crack is Wack'

In 1986, Keith Haring was arrested for painting this anti-drug mural on a Harlem handball court.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Historic Microsoft Headquarters Plaque

One of the world’s most powerful corporations was established on a random Albuquerque street corner.
New York, New York

Mei Lai Wah

The impeccably spiced roast pork buns at this bakery are worth the wait.
Masada, Israel

Masada

This daunting 1st century fortress was purportedly the site of one of the most dramatic revolts of the Jewish-Roman wars.
Jerash, Jordan

The Ruins of Jerash

Gladiators battle and chariots race daily in the ruins of a once-great Roman city.
Jordan

Petra

An ancient capital city that dates back 3,000 years old and harbors many surprises.
Chicago, Illinois

World Artifacts on the Tribune Tower Walls

Fragments of architectural wonders from around the globe are embedded in the newspaper building's walls.
Phoenix, Arizona

First Christian Church

This striking church was built from a Frank Lloyd Wright design more than a decade after the master architect's death.
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Main Gate Park

This building is a recreation of the gatehouse that separated Los Alamos from the outside world during the era of the Manhattan Project.