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New York, New York

West Terrace at the Cloisters

This hidden oasis features a stunning view of the Hudson River and the Palisades from a castle-like museum.
Burke, Virginia

Lee Chapel Cemetery

Burke’s oldest cemetery also houses the victim of the county's grisliest murder.
Fairfax Station, Virginia

Fairfax Station Railroad Museum

One of the oldest train stations still standing in Virginia played a vital role during the Civil War.
Red Hook, New York

Historic Village Diner

A nearly 100-year-old dining car in upstate New York embodies the golden age of roadside dining.
Laurel, Maryland

On the Brink

A haunting exhibit in a wildlife refuge center highlights threatened species and the conservation efforts needed to save them.
Laurel, Maryland

Laurel Dinosaur Park

This dig site outside D.C. is known for its exceptionally high density of baby dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs.
Fort Meade, Maryland

Architect of the Capitol Archival Warehouse

A remote horde of architectural treasures fit for Indiana Jones.
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Palace of the Governors

The oldest continuously occupied public building in the United States.
Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plimoth Plantation

Since 1947, this living history museum has been providing an immersive look at life in Plymouth Colony.
Warrenton, Virginia

Cold War Museum

This museum sits on the site of a decommissioned military communications base.
Burke, Virginia

Marshall Family Cemetery

A 14-foot monument marks the resting place of two of the town's earliest residents—and one unknown soldier.
Newton, Massachusetts

Star Market

This supermarket is suspended 25 feet above an interstate highway.
Boston, Massachusetts

Grave of Christopher Seider

This headstone marks the grave of an 11-year-old boy killed during clashes in the streets over the boycotting of British goods.
Falls Church, Virginia

'Pennies from Heaven'

A whopping 14,000 copper coins cover this miniature fighter jet.
Kinderhook, New York

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

At this farm in upstate New York, the former president plotted his reelection campaign.
Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax Nike Missile Site

A lone historical marker off the highway and scattered debris are all that remain of this Cold War-era missile site.
Martinsburg, West Virginia

Big Apple Time Capsule

A giant time capsule not scheduled to be cored until 2040.
Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Birthplace of the Steamboat

A monument marks the location of the first successful steamboat demonstration.
Sharpsburg, Maryland

Killiansburg Cave

A cave on the Maryland border where civilians took refuge during the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
Cumberland, Maryland

LaVale Toll Gate House

Maryland's first (and last standing) toll house on America's first federal road established the state as the "Gateway to the West."
Washington, D.C.

Walter Johnson Statue

This statue of one of baseball’s greatest pitchers looks like something out of a sci-fi horror movie.
Beltsville, Maryland

Smokey Bear Archive

The Forest Service's surprisingly sophisticated collection of wildfire prevention art features America's most beloved bear.
Washington, D.C.

Strom Party Animal

A public art jibe at one of the United States’ oldest and longest-serving senators.
Washington, D.C.

Holt House

There's a crumbling old mansion inside the Smithsonian National Zoo.