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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.
Washington, D.C.

Overthrust Fault

A surprising, but overlooked example of geology in the middle of the nation’s capital.
Wilmington, Delaware

Winterthur

A blend of art, antiquities, and Americana fill this museum, surrounded by whimsical, enchanting gardens.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gloria Dei Old Swedes' Episcopal Church

The oldest active church in Pennsylvania is also the second oldest Swedish Church in the United States.
Bethesda, Maryland

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

FDR's Art Deco hospital tower was hopelessly inefficient.
Williamsburg, Virginia

Eastern State Hospital

America's first public mental health facility.
Williamsburg, Virginia

The Archaearium

This museum for people who really dig colonial American history holds an unsavory secret.
Key West, Florida

U.S. Route 1 Mile 0 Sign

The highway's southernmost spot is a beloved local attraction.
Los Angeles, California

Nike Missile Control Site LA-96

A Cold War site complete with rusty structures, hiking trails, and beautiful views.
Poolesville, Maryland

Seneca Quarry

This ruined quarry once produced the distinctive red sandstone used for construction projects in Washington, D.C.