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North Tonawanda, New York

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

A preserved factory in the "Home of the Carrousel" is now a museum dedicated to the classic wooden ride.
Buffalo, New York

The Darwin D. Martin House

One of Frank Lloyd Wright's greatest—and favorite—architectural masterpieces was almost lost.
Kyoto, Japan

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

A shrine contains nearly 200 statues of the Buddhist deity Jizo, dressed in bibs by parents who have lost a child.
Tosashimizu, Japan

Ashizuri Underwater Observation Tower

This retro underwater observation tower would make the perfect lair for a sea-loving villain.
New York, New York

Times Square Station Fake Tiles

Fake subway tiles were installed to cover a design that resembled the Confederate flag—it's unclear if the resemblance was intentional.
Elmira, New York

'Hellmira' Monument

All that remains of one of the Civil War's more deadly POW camps is a simple flagstone.
Rochester, New York

Threshold

A giant steel sculpture with animals in its shadows.
Rochester, New York

Hutchison Hall Specimen Collection

Antique skeletons and taxidermy creatures were found crammed in a university closet.
Buffalo, New York

Guaranty Building

A 19th-century architectural wonder designed by the "father of the skyscraper."
Vancouver, British Columbia

VanDusen Garden's Elizabethan Hedge Maze

This Elizabethan hedge maze is one of only six in North America.
Toronto, Ontario

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

One of Canada's most incredible rare book collections holds hundreds of thousands of gorgeous tomes that the general public can touch.
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Living Water Wayside Chapel

Only six people can sit inside this delightfully quaint sanctuary.
Buffalo, New York

Silo City

Buffalo's abandoned concrete grain elevators are getting a second life.
Buffalo, New York

Shark Girl

The absurd creation is a compulsory destination for selfies in Buffalo.
Toronto, Ontario

Casa Loma

A 98-room castle in the middle of Toronto that bankrupted a 19th century electricity multimillionaire.
Gommern, Germany

St. Nicholas Church

The resting place of 18th century German mummies.
London, England

The Old Curiosity Shop

The quaint little store that is said to have inspired a famous Dickens novel was only given its name after the book was released.
San Francisco, California

Exploratorium

San Francisco's newly reopened hands-on science museum.
Springdale, Utah

The Narrows

The hike through a narrow river flanked by the 2,000-foot-tall walls of Zion Canyon is one of the best in the world.
Yakushima, Japan

Shiratani Unsuikyo Ravine

The magical, mossy forest that inspired Princess Mononoke.
Toronto, Ontario

Cube House

This unusual structure may be on its way to becoming a cultural landmark in Toronto.
Rochester, New York

Mount Hope Cemetery

An antique cemetery in New York, this land is home to any number of famed corpses.
Georgia

Vardzia Cave Monastery

Underground monastery and fortress.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Huddesteen

The last of Amsterdam's original sea level markers remaining in place.