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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Banded Iron Formation Stone

A physical reminder of Earth's ancient past, this rock results from the photosynthetic processes of some of the oldest forms of life.
St. Louis, Missouri

Laclede's Landing Wax Museum

A kitschy, creepy St. Louis mainstay.
St. Louis, Missouri

World Chess Hall of Fame

A chessmaster's dream destination.
Staunton, Illinois

Henry's Rabbit Ranch

This lagomorph-obsessed Route 66 emporium is home to a giant jackrabbit that sits in a bunny graveyard.
Chicago, Illinois

Zion Evangelical Lutheran 'Ghost Church'

One-of-a-kind preserved ruins of an abandoned 1880s church in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
Chicago, Illinois

Dialogo

This abstract sculpture is rumored to cast a hammer-and-sickle shadow once a year.
Los Angeles, California

The Magic Castle

The private clubhouse for the members of the Academy of Magical Arts.
Memphis, Tennessee

The Crystal Shrine Grotto

This head-spinningly bizarre Depression-era art cave is wall-to-wall quartz and Jesus.
Eureka, Missouri

Times Beach, Missouri

This former small town was destroyed not by the motor oil it sprayed the ground with but by the toxic waste that was added.
St. Louis, Missouri

Grant's Farm

What was once a presidential estate is now an exotic menagerie and home to the Budweiser Clydesdales.
St. Louis, Missouri

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

An extensive collection of fine art devoted to man's best friend.
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Library's Giant Bookshelf

Community bookshelf of 25-foot-tall book spines.
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Workhouse

This abandoned prison castle has become an imposing gallery of graffiti art.
Washington, D.C.

Gun Barrel Fence

This robust fence in front of a historic Georgetown home is likely made from hundreds of recycled Revolutionary War firearms.
Washington, D.C.

Freezing Newsmen Plaque

A small token of gratitude from freezing cold journalists who were given a warm haven while covering JFK's inauguration.
Washington, D.C.

Barbie Pond on Avenue Q

A rotating cast of guys and dolls in front of a Washington, D.C. building.
Washington, D.C.

Ruins of the Columbian Cannon Foundry

These recently uncovered walls are all that's left of Washington, D.C's first defense contractor.
Washington, D.C.

Catacombs of Washington, D.C.

Franciscan monks created a facsimile of the Holy Land for North Americans who couldn’t afford the trip overseas.
Washington, D.C.

Historic Elevator at Potbelly

This sandwich shop has a century-old elevator behind a sheet of plexiglass.
Washington, D.C.

Holt House

There's a crumbling old mansion inside the Smithsonian National Zoo.
Washington, D.C.

Mount Zion Cemetery's Underground Railroad Shelter

People escaping slavery may have hidden inside a corpse vault.
Washington, D.C.

Owney the Postal Dog

The traveling postal dog covered 48 states and more than 140,000 miles in his lifetime, and lives on as taxidermy patched up with a rabbits foot and a pigs ear.
Washington, D.C.

The Brewmaster's Castle

This grand gothic brewery has been pumping out suds for over a hundred years.
Dearborn, Michigan

Edison's Last Breath at the Henry Ford Museum

Housed in the Henry Ford museum is a test tube said to hold Thomas Edison's last breath.