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New York, New York

Brazenhead Books

A legendary speakeasy bookstore returns from brink.
Keswick, England

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Stonehenge has nothing on Castlerigg’s views.
Daniel Campos, Bolivia

The Bolivian Salt Flats

A seemingly endless landscape of pure salt stretches far across Bolivia.
Brooklyn, New York

Dead Horse Bay

First a horse rendering plant, then a 19th century landfill, this beach is full of glass from thousands upon thousands of broken bottles.
Brooklyn, New York

BargeMusic

A cargo of beautiful music.
Chittorgarh, India

Chittorgarh Fort

A former bastion of Rajput chivalry, this massive hill fort is the site of legend and tragedy.
Bloomfield, New Mexico

Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area

The land is full of geologic eye candy like otherworldly spires, mushroom-shaped hoodoos, and prehistoric fossils.
Greece

The Oracle of Delphi

The hallucinogenic center of the ancient world.
Austin, Texas

Congress Bridge Bats

Home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million bats.
Lincolnshire, England

Bowthorpe Oak

England’s ancient oak tree has such an impressive girth, people have been hosting parties within the hollow trunk for centuries.
Santa Barbara, California

Whale House

This stunning sea creature-shaped home blends into the landscape like a fantasy villa.
Kediri, Indonesia

Tanah Lot

Isolated atop this Balinese sea crag is a lovely Hindu temple that is said to be guarded by sea snakes.
Bailleau-Armenonville, France

Vélorails Pays Chartrain

A bike train runs along a disused railway line through the tranquil French countryside.
Havana, Cuba

Coppelia

Castro's communist ice cream mothership has been serving five-scoop "salads" for over 50 years.
New York, New York

The Lightship Frying Pan

Rummage through this sunken ship, but leave your scuba gear at home.
Hackensack, New Jersey

USS Ling Submarine

A World War II-era submarine is stuck in the mud in New Jersey.
Wasserauen, Switzerland

Berggasthaus Aescher Wildkirchli

This 170-year-old Swiss guesthouse built into the side of a mountain is best accessed by a cable car.
New York, New York

The New York Earth Room

A room in New York City that contains 250 cubic yards of dirt worth a million dollars.
Abang, Indonesia

Pura Lempuyang Luhur

Bali's remote "gateway to heaven" is one of the most sacred places on the island.
Luya, Peru

Kuelap Fortress

An Archaeological Wonder of Peru, and the largest stone ruin site in the New World.
Turda, Romania

Salina Turda

This massive underground salt mine now holds a sci-fi theme park in its depths.
Onomichi, Japan

Shimanami Kaido Bikeway

The 43-mile route crosses through six islands with gorgeous views of the Seto Inland Sea.
La Pointe, Wisconsin

Apostle Island Sea Caves

These Great Lakes sea caves accessible by boat in the summer turn into temples of ice reachable by foot in the winter.
Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Ateneo Grand Splendid

This historic, palatial theater is now one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores.