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Carmel Hamlet, New York

New York's Chuang Yen Monastery

The largest Buddha statue in the Western Hemisphere is just 50 miles north of NYC.
Detroit, Michigan

Monumental Kitty

This feline raises a friendly paw at drivers barreling toward the freeway.
Spetses, Greece

The Neith of Spetses

Overlooking the harbor is a beautiful neglected mansion guarded by two Egyptian sphinxes.
Palermo, Italy

Santa Maria dello Spasimo

This skeletal, unfinished Gothic church once housed a miraculous masterpiece by Raphael.
New York, New York

George Glazer Gallery

Unique antiquarian shop specializing in globes, maps, and prints.
Bosque, New Mexico

Bernardo Waterfowl Area

The winter home of thousands of beautiful snow geese and sandhill cranes.
Zittau, Germany

Zittau Narrow-Gauge Railway

This historic little railroad runs through some of the most beautiful scenery in Germany.
Singapore

Haw Par Villa

A Buddhist theme park brings you a Buddhist version of Hell.
Matsuyama-shi, Japan

Kururin Ferris Wheel

A giant rooftop ride with unbeatable views of Matsuyama city, the nearby mountain ranges, and the Inland Sea.
Wasilla, Alaska

Dr. Seuss House aka The Goose Creek Tower

This whimsical stacked cabin looks like something out of a children's book.
Istanbul, Turkey

Miniaturk

Large miniature theme park with 100-plus models.
Speculator, New York

The Mini Route 66

The great American road trip, but smaller.
Vernazza, Italy

Cinque Terre

Five candy-colored villages on the Italian Riviera.
Fregene, Italy

Casa Sperimentale

This abandoned Brutalist treehouse is a hidden architectural relic.
Hòa Phú, Vietnam

Golden Bridge

This spectacular bridge supported by two gigantic hands looks like something out of a fantasy universe.
Summit, New Jersey

Abandoned Summit Greenhouse

An enormous overgrown greenhouse teeming with graffiti and wildlife.
Austin, Texas

Casa Neverlandia

This eclectic, mosaic-clad home includes a bamboo ping-pong loft and a "Whispermaphones" intercom.
Stokke, Norway

Sti For Øye

Art becomes an enchanting part of the environment at this wooded sculpture park.
Yucca Valley, California

Bob's Crystal Cave

A meditative space out of a fantasy story.
Film City, Qatar

Film City

A creepy, deserted mock Arabian village in the middle of the Qatari desert.
Ouarzazate, Morocco

Atlas Film Studios

World's largest film studio, where visitors tour the decaying sets that litter the harsh desert environment.
Tambon Tha Hin, Thailand

Phra Prang Sam Yot

Monkeys lounge around at this 13th century temple.
Skagway, Alaska

Arctic Brotherhood Hall

The facade of this relic from the Klondike gold rush is decorated with over 8,800 pieces of driftwood.
Province de Zagora, Morocco

Erg Chigaga

Exploring the wilder, more passionate sibling of Erg Chebbi feels like discovering a secret sun-kissed planet from another galaxy.